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How to (Re)frame Your Teaching for Non-academic Jobs

By Andrew Greer, Graduate Teaching Fellow  Attention fellow graduate students: Eventually we will seek employment outside of our programs. If you’re like me, your search is in full force. With the majority of academic applications behind me, I’ve switched my strategy to applying for non-academic jobs. This switch not only requires transforming my CV into…

Posted on February 12, 2014 in Events, News, Resource, , , , , ,


Learn to Produce or Produce to Learn?

Vanderbilt faculty members have found a variety of ways to engage students as producers in their classes and guided students to produce work for authentic audiences. The CFT celebrated its 16th annual Graduate Student Teaching Event for Professional Development (GradSTEP) by focusing on our theme for this year, “Students as Producers.” The day started with a…

Posted on February 5, 2014 in Events, News, , , ,


Students as Producers + Educational Technology

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director I’m presenting this morning during the first set of concurrent sessions at the CFT’s GradSTEP event for graduate students and post-docs. The session is titled “Using Technology to Support Students as Producers of Knoweldge,” and it combines two of my favorite topics: students as producers plus educational technology. Certainly, technology…

Posted on January 25, 2014 in Resource, , ,


GradSTEP: Graduate Student Teaching Event for Professional Development

GradSTEP was held Saturday, January 25th. See the resources section of this page to view material from this year’s presentations. GradSTEP is co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Council Held in January each year, inviting all Vanderbilt graduate & professional students, and post-doctoral fellows, GradSTEP is a free, daylong conference, offering workshops and discussions centered on teaching, learning, and professional…

Posted on November 27, 2013 in , ,


gradSTEP recap: “Beyond Four Walls: Transcending the Classroom”

On Saturday, January 26th, 2013 the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching celebrated its 15th annual Graduate Student Teaching Event for Professional Development (gradSTEP).  This year’s event, co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Council, focused on the theme, “Beyond Four Walls: Transcending the Classroom.” The day’s events dealt extensively with how participants could utilize an array of…

Posted on January 31, 2013 in Events, News,


Reminder: gradSTEP is tomorrow!

As many of you know, GradSTEP is happening this Saturday (January 26th) from 9:00am to 3:05pm in Buttrick Hall. Saturday’s schedule includes: 9:00-9:30              Check-in, Buttrick Atrium (first event begins at 9:30 AM) 9:30-9:45              Opening Remarks 9:45-10:45           Plenary Panel: “Beyond four walls: transcending the classroom” 10:55-12:00         Session I Workshops 12:00-12:45         Lunch (Free to registered participants!) 12:45-1:50           Session II Workshops…

Posted on January 25, 2013 in Events,


Grading Efficiently: Finding the Time to Grade Fairly

Teaching Affiliates John Martin (Graduate Student, Biomedical Engineering) and Killian Quigley (Graduate Student, English) discuss the upcoming gradSTEP session: Grading Efficiently: Finding the Time to Grade Fairly.   Held in January each year, GradSTEP provides several workshops and discussions on teaching, learning, and professional development issues across the disciplines.  Registration and more details about GradSTEP are…

Posted on January 25, 2013 in Events, ,


High Demand for gradSTEP Session Beyond the Ivory Tower: Alternative and Non-Academic Career Choices

Careers – academic and otherwise – are on the minds of many Vanderbilt graduate students this winter as they begin applying for positions, interviewing and awaiting offers. At the CFT we can tell because the career-focused session “Beyond the Ivory Tower: Alternative and Non-Academic Career Choices” at our upcoming gradSTEP event is a popular choice….

Posted on January 19, 2013 in Events, ,


GradSTEP 2013 Workshop Preview

Finding Teaching Moments in the Field: Learner-centered Field Research Programs Click play below to hear GTF Beth Koontz discuss why she developed a GradSTEP workshop on teaching in the field, and preview some of the activities and topics workshop participants will engage with. 

Posted on January 17, 2013 in Events, News,


GradSTEP 2013: What’s New This Year?

  Held in January each year, GradSTEP provides several workshops and discussions on teaching, learning, and professional development issues across the disciplines. This year’s line-up includes a session on alternative and non-academic careers featuring Dr. Ruth Schemmer, Assistant Dean for Career Development.  Registration and more details about GradSTEP are now available. So, you’ve been to a…

Posted on January 14, 2013 in Events,