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CFT Position Opening – Program Coordinator II

Apr. 19, 2013—We’re hiring! We’re looking for an Program Coordinator II, so if you’re interested, please submit your application, and if you know of someone who might be interested, please spread the word. The Program Coordinator II coordinates the Center for Teaching’s events and programs for graduate students and faculty, including orientations for new faculty and teaching...

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CFT Hosts International Scholar Catherine Easton to Study Educational Technology

Dec. 12, 2012—by Derek Bruff, CFT Director This year the CFT is hosting a visiting scholar, Catherine Easton of Lancaster University in the UK, where she teaches law. Catherine is in the United States as part of the International Scholars Program of the UK’s Higher Education Academy (HEA).  She will explore how classroom response systems (“clickers”) and...

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Meet the CFT’s HASTAC Scholar Zoe LeBlanc

Nov. 13, 2012—This year the CFT is proud to sponsor history doctoral student Zoe LeBlanc as a HASTAC Scholar. HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory) is a global network of individuals and institutions that come together to share, collaborate, and learn through online forums, blogs, conferences, social media and other channels of communication. The HASTAC...

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Remembering Jack Venable

Jul. 20, 2012—by Allison Pingree, former CFT Director (1998-2011) Jack Venable, who passed away earlier this week, was a true champion of the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching.  He oversaw its creation within the College of Arts and Science in 1986, and later its transformation into a university-wide resource. Jack hired me in the spring of 1998.  From...

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New Book from CFT Assistant Director Nancy Chick on Signature Pedagogies

Mar. 12, 2012—by CFT Director Derek Bruff Exploring More Signature Pedagogies: Approaches to Teaching Disciplinary Habits of Mind (2012) just hit the stands a couple of weeks ago.  This is big news at the CFT because the lead editor is Nancy Chick, our new Assistant Director.  This book is the follow-up to Exploring Signature Pedagogies: Approaches to...

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A Few Examples of Teaching with Clickers

Feb. 14, 2012—by CFT Director Derek Bruff I’m teaching a statistics course for engineering students in the math department this spring. With 73 students in the course, it’s keeping me busy, but I think it’s important that the CFT director (and assistant directors) are in the classroom here at Vanderbilt. Teaching lets us directly support the teaching...

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Principles and Practices for Investigating Student Learning

Feb. 7, 2012—by CFT Director Derek Bruff I’m giving a talk today at the School of Medicine as part of the Medical Education Grand Rounds sponsored by the Office for Teaching and Learning in Medicine and the Academy for Excellence in Teaching.  The talk is titled “The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Principles and Practices for Investigating...

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Derek Bruff Welcomes New Assistant Director to the CFT

Feb. 3, 2012— I’m very happy to introduce the CFT’s newest assistant director, Nancy Chick, to the Vanderbilt community.  Nancy comes to us from the University of Wisconsin-Barron County, where she was a professor of English and taught face-to-face and online courses in English and women’s studies.  Prior to her arrival at the CFT, Nancy was also...

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Why Work For Us as a Graduate Student: Varied and Challenging Work

Jan. 27, 2012—Each spring the Center for Teaching (CFT) recruits graduate students and post-docs to work at the Center for the following school year. These positions are great opportunities for graduate students to refine their teaching and presentation skills, network with graduate students outside of their department or program, and develop expertise in training and supporting new TAs. ...

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New Listing of CFT Publications and Presentations

Jan. 6, 2012—In addition to our work at Vanderbilt, Center for Teaching staff members contribute to the broader higher education community through publications and presentations. Our scholarly work includes research in our “home” disciplines, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and the scholarship of educational development. Visit our new “Publications and Presentations” page to see highlights from...

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