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Transformational Instructional Design: CFT partners with Peabody to launch a new blended Independent School Leadership Master’s Program

May. 3, 2022—by Julaine Fowlin Vanderbilt’s Peabody College has launched a new blended (online and in-person) Master’s of Education in Independent School Leadership (ISL), building on the strong foundation of the previous summer-intensive ISL program. The new blended model involves more online courses and a reduction in the length of on-campus summer experiences. This change will meet...

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Junior Faculty Spotlight: Colleen Moss

May. 1, 2022—Each year, the CFT blog highlights the work of our Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows. This month, Colleen Moss, School of Nursing, talks about some of the lessons she has gained from the Fellowship. As an early career faculty member, the learning curve is steep. There are many facets to consider when revising or redesigning a course. The...

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Junior Faculty Spotlight: Sayil Camacho

May. 1, 2022—Each year, the CFT blog highlights the work of our Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows. This month, Sayil Camacho, Peabody College, talks about some of the lessons she has gained from the Fellowship. Latinas make up less than 1 percent of all full professors in the professoriate. As a Latina, former undocumented person, and non-native English speaker, I navigate...

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Course Design Institute on Inclusive Teaching

Apr. 25, 2022—by Joe Bandy and Stacey Johnson We invite you to join in our Course Design Institute on the theme of Inclusive Teaching.  This virtual event will take place via Brightspace and Zoom, May 16 – 19 (9am-4pm Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and 9-12:30pm Thursday). During the four-day institute, participants will (re)design courses with careful attention...

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Spring Internal Grants Opportunities

Apr. 18, 2022—by Cynthia J. Brame The Office of the Provost supports two internal funding programs, the Educational Advancement Fund and the Course Improvement Grant, designed to support excellence in the classroom through continued pedagogical advancement and long-term educational transformation. The Educational Advancement Fund supports longer term educational transformations and the Course Improvement Grants aim to promote...

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From the Executive Director

Apr. 11, 2022—It is with mixed emotions that I share the news that long-time Center for Teaching staff member Rhett McDaniel is moving on to another position at Vanderbilt. Rhett started at the CFT back in 2009 as our educational technologist, overseeing the center’s internal technology needs. From the beginning, however, Rhett was an excellent faculty consultant,...

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Course Improvement Grant spotlight: “Applying Developmental Understanding to Student Initiatives for Underserved Populations”

Apr. 7, 2022—Brenda McKenzie, Associate Professor of the Practice in Leadership, Policy, and Organizations, recently told us about her Course Improvement Grant aimed at enhancing her masters students skills in gathering and analyzing qualitative information about the students they will serve.         Can you tell us about your project and what inspired you to...

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Student Success in Introductory STEM Courses

Apr. 1, 2022—Chris Rasmussen, professor of mathematics education at San Diego State University, is giving a talk titled “Insights from Two National Studies of Precalculus through Calculus 2” on April 15th from 12:10 to 1:00pm. While the talk is part of the Department of Mathematics colloquium, it is likely to be of interest to faculty outside of...

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Course Design Institute on Inclusive Teaching

Mar. 29, 2022—by Joe Bandy and Stacey Johnson We invite you to join in our Course Design Institute on the theme of Inclusive Teaching.  This virtual event will take place via Brightspace and Zoom, May 16 – 19 (9am-4pm Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and 9-12:30pm Thursday). During the four-day institute, participants will (re)design courses with careful attention...

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Junior Faculty Spotlight: Mindy Johnson

Mar. 25, 2022—Each year, the CFT Newsletter highlights the work of our Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows. This month, Melinda Johnson, School of Nursing, talks about some of the lessons she has gained from the Fellowship. My time in the JFTF has been insightful and transformative to my teaching practice. Our small group seminars have provided me with a new colleague support...

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