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From the Director

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director Happy New Year! We’re looking forward to another busy semester at the Center for Teaching. A few highlights… We are organizing several faculty teaching visits this spring. These visits provide instructors the opportunity to sit in on a colleague’s class, then engage that colleague in conversation about teaching choices. Doug…

Posted on January 21, 2016 in News, , , , ,


The CFT Welcomes New Assistant Director Vivian Finch

We’re excited to welcome Vivian Finch as the CFT’s newest Assistant Director.  Vivian’s name might sound familiar—she was a Graduate Teaching Fellow at the CFT last year and a Teaching Affiliate before that.  Vivian is graduating this summer from Vanderbilt with a PhD in German literature, and we’re happy to have Vivian continue her work…

Posted on July 14, 2015 in News, ,


The CFT Welcomes New Assistant Director for Educational Technology Stacey Johnson

We’re excited to announce the upcoming appointment of Stacey Johnson as the CFT’s Assistant Director for Educational Technology. Beginning June 15th, Stacey will work with faculty, teaching assistants, and other instructors at Vanderbilt to enhance student learning through the use of Vanderbilt’s course management system, Blackboard, and other online learning platforms. Stacey is currently an…

Posted on June 10, 2015 in News, , ,


Farewell to Nancy Chick

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director It is with mixed emotions that I share the news that Assistant Director Nancy Chick will be leaving the CFT in March to take a position at the University of Calgary. Nancy has been appointed University Chair of Teaching and Learning, and Academic Director of the Taylor Institute for Teaching…

Posted on February 13, 2015 in News, ,


Welcome to New CFT Administrative Assistant, Juliet Traub

We’re very happy to welcome to the Center for Teaching our new administrative assistant, Juliet Traub.  Juliet comes to us from World View, a program at the University of North Carolina that equips teachers to integrate global education in K12 curricula, where she was the program manager.  Prior to that, Juliet served as an administrative…

Posted on November 7, 2014 in News,


Welcome to New Program Coordinator

The Center for Teaching extends a warm welcome to our new program coordinator, Tracy Tveit.  Tracy comes to us from Vanderbilt’s Department of Cancer Biology, where she was the graduate program education coordinator.  At the CFT, Tracy will work with our senior staff to coordinate events and programs for graduate students and faculty, including orientations, workshops,…

Posted on August 15, 2013 in News,


Announcing the New Teaching Affiliates for 2013

This year’s graduate student Teaching Affliliates are, left to right, Oscar Ayala (Biomedical Engineering), Karen Childress (Economics),Vivian Finch (German), Jane Hirtle (Psychology and Human Development), Mary Keithly (Chemistry), Matt Owen (History), Ryan Ortega (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Danielle Picard (History), Tessy Sebastian (Biological Sciences), and Ansley Quiros (History). The Center for Teaching is excited to…

Posted on August 14, 2013 in Events, ,


CFT Says Farewell to Stacey Kizer

By CFT Director Derek Bruff Last Friday the CFT said good-bye to our program coordinator, Stacey Kizer, who is moving on to a position outside of Vanderbilt. Stacey was with us just over two years, during which time she oversaw publicity, logistics, and assessment for most of our orientations, workshops, and events—greatly enhancing the efficiency…

Posted on April 6, 2013 in News,


Meet CFT Graduate Teaching Fellow Adam Wilsman

This fall, we’re introducing the CFT’s 2012-13 Graduate Teaching Fellows* individually to highlight their areas of expertise, interests, and specific CFT activities. Adam Wilsman is a Ph.D. student in History.  His dissertation, entitled “Our Enemy’s Enemy: Human Rights and the U.S. Intervention in El Salvador, 1977-1992,” is currently in progress.  Adam has TA’d a wide…

Posted on October 25, 2012 in News, , ,


Meet CFT Graduate Teaching Fellow Katie Headrick Taylor

This fall, we’re introducing the CFT’s 2012-13 Graduate Teaching Fellows* individually to highlight their areas of expertise, interests, and specific CFT activities. Katie Headrick Taylor is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Teaching and Learning in Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College.  For Katie’s dissertation research, she conducted a design experiment for spatial justice with local…

Posted on October 24, 2012 in News, , ,