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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, ,


Training PhDs in the Biomedical Sciences: A Health Sciences Education Grand Rounds, July 8th

Science faculty involved in graduate education at Vanderbilt might be interested in next month’s Health Sciences Education Grand Rounds talk by Dr. Michael Mulvany, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biomedicine, Aarhus University, Denmark. Dr. Mulvany will share some of the changes that are underway in the European Union as they seek to modernize the way they…

Posted on June 24, 2015 in Events, ,


Interested in the Digital Humanities? Apply to be a HASTAC Scholar – Deadline Sept. 1

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director If you’re a graduate student in the humanities interested in exploring the intersections of teaching, scholarship, and technology, please consider applying to be a HASTAC Scholar for 2014-15. The deadline for applications is September 1st. HASTAC (pronounced “haystack”) is the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory, a global network…

Posted on August 19, 2014 in News, , , ,


HASTAC Scholars, an Opportunity for Graduate Students in the Digital Humanities (Deadline: July 18th)

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director Today on the blog, we’re sharing a call for applications from graduate students to be HASTAC Scholars. HASTAC (pronounced “haystack”) is the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory, a global network of academics exploring ways that technology can enhance teaching, research, and scholarship. HASTAC Scholars is a professional development…

Posted on July 7, 2014 in News, , ,


How do you teach novice scientists to be thoughtful, critical researchers?

By Cynthia Brame   I recently had two experiences that spoke to this issue. First, I ran into my colleague Carl Johnson in the BioSci department at Vanderbilt. He said that he was finishing up getting ready to present at journal club, and that he needed to go take another look at the paper “to…

Posted on April 10, 2014 in News, , , , , ,


Setting Expectations and Resolving Conflict in Graduate Education

Professors Rique Campa and Judith Stoddart, Michigan State University, will lead an interactive session for faculty, teaching an interest-based approach to setting expectations and resolving conflicts among graduate students and faculty. The discussion will focus on ways to identify common interests that can help construct mutually satisfying options. This will be a “train the trainer”…

Posted on March 18, 2014 in Events, News, ,


SoTL Spotlight

SoTL Spotlight: Reflections from a SoTL Project

by Andrew Greer, CFT Graduate Teaching Fellow Learning happens (or doesn’t), and the processes often remain hidden. Teachers tend to modify their teaching with trial and error, and base these modifications on assumptions about the problems with student learning. However, instead of being guided by hunches, scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) researchers strive to…

Posted on November 20, 2013 in Commentary, , , ,


Real Science for Real Student: The Scientist in the Classroom Program

by Sarah P. Collier, 2013 Teaching Certificate Recipient and 2012-13 SoTL Scholar Staff from the Scientist in the Classroom Program (SCP) led a fantastic morning session during the CFT’s Celebration of Teaching on Friday, May 3rd. The SCP is one of nine programs offered by the Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach, which works to unite…

Posted on May 20, 2013 in News, , ,


Teaching Demonstrations: Advice and Strategies

by Adam Wilsman, Graduate Teaching Fellow If you’re on the academic job market, you may be hearing back from more schools each week as many start to make decisions about their open faculty positions.  If you’re among the lucky ones, you may even receive a campus invite or two.  While this is a major accomplishment…

Posted on March 29, 2013 in Commentary, ,


Measurement of ‘Learning Outcomes’ Comes to Graduate School

“I just know it in my bones” is the rationale some professors might give to explain how they know whether or not their students have learned, writes David Glenn in an article posted in the Chronicle of Higher Education. This article focuses in particular on graduate education, since even those programs that consist of more…

Posted on March 12, 2013 in Commentary, Resource, ,