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Reflecting On and Documenting Your Teaching Experiences

Reflecting on Teaching:  What?  For Whom?  Why? Often, the motivation to improve one’s teaching by revising practices or experimenting with new initiatives stems from reflection.  This reflection often focuses on feedback received from others, such as student evaluations or peer reviews.  Reflection further involves one’s own assessment of experiences, through self-observation and activities that foster…

Posted on June 10, 2011 in News, , , ,


Educational Components in Your Grant Proposal? The CFT Can Help!

“The CFT consultant’s comments and suggestions greatly improved the educational components of my NSF grant proposal, making it a true CAREER one.” – Assistant Professor, Arts & Science Many research grants now require faculty members applying for them to consider educational initiatives that will broaden the impact of the grant.  CFT consultants are available to…

Posted on April 13, 2011 in Grants,


Vanderbilt View Article about CFT’s Junior Faculty Teaching Fellowship Highlights Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman

Teaching Well by Joan Brasher  The Center for Teaching’s new fellowship helps junior faculty craft their curriculum   Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman knows a lot about economics, the Talmud, rabbinic ordination and more. But when he arrived at Vanderbilt in 2009, there was something he wasn’t quite ready to handle despite his three master’s degrees and Ph.D….

Posted on April 12, 2011 in News, , ,


Smile! You’re on Camera!

An effective way to improve your teaching is to take advantage of our digital video consultation. A member of the Center staff will film you while teaching, and then a consultant will review the digital video with you to identify strengths and areas for improvement. Though most of us cringe at the idea of being…

Posted on March 25, 2011 in News,


CFT Annual Report 2009-2010

The CFT released its 2009-2010 Annual Report late this summer. The report features information on our consultation services, programs, resources, and contributions to the Vanderbilt and larger academic community. The report also describes several highlights of the 2009-2010 academic year, including a visit to the CFT by the Vanderbilt Board of Trust, our January GradSTEP…

Posted on October 13, 2010 in News, ,


CFT Staff Can Help You Review and Recreate Over the Summer

Summer time is here, and many faculty members have a break from their usual schedules, a chance to slow down a bit and recreate.  If you’ve got a breather, you may find this an opportune time to review and refresh your teaching plans and practices.  The Center for Teaching is open all summer, with consultants…

Posted on July 23, 2010 in News,


Grant Funding Resources for Educational Initiatives

Interested in seeking funding for an educational initiative of some kind?  Perhaps a course revision or a department- or school-level project?  Or perhaps collaborating with faculty at other universities?  The CFT has put together a collection of grant funding resources for educational initiatives.  This guide includes links to local grant-related resources, internal funding sources, searchable…

Posted on May 12, 2010 in News, ,


Educational Components in Your Grant Proposal? The CFT Can Help!

“The CFT consultant’s comments and suggestions greatly improved the educational components of my NSF grant proposal, making it a true CAREER one.” – Assistant Professor, Arts & Science Many research grants now require faculty members applying for them to consider educational initiatives that will broaden the impact of the grant.  CFT consultants are available to…

Posted on March 24, 2010 in News,


Smile! You’re on Camera! – Using the Digital Video Consult Service

“Thanks so much for such a helpful video consultation. It was incredibly valuable for me to be able to talk through ideas about teaching. That process is actually one of the ways I learn best. I was, in fact, thinking of our consult the other day as I tried to step back and let the…

Posted on March 4, 2010 in News,


Now is a great time to schedule mid-semester feedback!

The feedback students provide about your teaching on their end-of-semester course evaluations can be valuable in helping you improve and refine your teaching.  Soliciting mid-semester student feedback has the additional benefit of allowing you to hear your students’ concerns while there is still time in the semester to make appropriate changes.  A Small Group Analysis…

Posted on February 5, 2010 in News,