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Summer Intensive Grad and Postdoc Programs at the CFT

The Center for Teaching is happy to announce that we are offering two Summer Intensive programs this May for Vanderbilt graduate students and postdocs.  The first Summer Intensive program is for the Certificate in Humanities Teaching & Learning (CHTL) and is open to humanities graduate students and postdocs.  Similar to our academic year-long version of the CHTL,…

Posted on April 20, 2017 in Events, , , ,


New Teaching Guide on Metacognition

Metacognition is, put simply, thinking about one’s thinking.  More precisely, it refers to the processes used to plan, monitor, and assess one’s understanding and performance. Metacognition includes a critical awareness of a) one’s thinking and learning and b) oneself as a thinker and learner. This new teaching guide, written by CFT Assistant Director Nancy Chick, defines…

Posted on June 24, 2013 in News, Resource, , ,


Summertime and Course Redesign

In a recent article in Inside Higher Ed, Benjamin Rifkin, Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the College of New Jersey, outlines why and how the summer months can be the best time to review your teaching practices and verify they still align with your teaching philosophy. Such reflection may take…

Posted on July 6, 2012 in News, , , ,


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, , , ,


Teaching Outside the Classroom – Part Two

by John Morrell Graduate Teaching Fellow, CFT On April 5, 2011, the Center for Teaching hosted a “Conversation on Teaching” on the topic of “Teaching Outside the Classroom.” This is the second installment of a two-part blog post covering the observations made by two panelists – Steve Baskauf from Biology and David Furbish from Earth…

Posted on May 4, 2011 in Events, News, , , , ,


Teaching Outside the Classroom – Part One

by John Morrell Graduate Teaching Fellow, CFT On April 5, 2011, the Center for Teaching hosted a “Conversation on Teaching” on the topic of “Teaching Outside the Classroom.”  This is the first installment of a two-part blog post covering the observations made by two panelists – Steve Baskauf from Biology and David Furbish from Earth…

Posted on April 29, 2011 in Events, News, , , , ,


CFT Assistant Director Joe Bandy Highlighted in Recent Sociology Publications

Joe Bandy recently came to the CFT from Bowdoin College where his research was shifting to a focus on environmental sustainability and economic development in Maine, particularly the sometimes contentious relationships between working class communities and environmental advocacy in Maine’s extractive industries. From 1996 to 2004, his research investigated the many ways that social movement…

Posted on March 1, 2011 in News, , , ,


The Perils of Terminology: Teacher-Centered and Student-Centered Pedagogy

ProfHacker contributor Billie Hara wrote a post titled “Learning-Centered Pedagogy” last week that surfaces some of the dangers of educational jargon, particularly the terms teacher-centered pedagogy and student-centered pedagogy. Those in higher education who advocate student-centered pedagogy are often perceived as bashing teacher-centered pedagogy, which causes problems when the term teacher-center pedagogy isn’t well-defined. Here’s…

Posted on July 23, 2010 in News, ,


Exploring Signature Pedagogies: Approaches to Teaching Disciplinary Habits of Mind

Exploring Signature Pedagogies: Approaches to Teaching Disciplinary Habits of Mind, by Regan A. R. Gurung, Nancy L. Chick, and Aeron Haynie, Stylus Publishing, 2009. From the foreword… How do individual disciplines foster deep learning, and get students to think like disciplinary experts? With contributions from the sciences, humanities, and the arts, this book critically explores…

Posted on May 1, 2010 in Library,


Call for Proposals – Exploring More Signature Pedagogies – Due March 15

Interested in writing about your disciplines signature pedagogies?  Here an interesting call for proposals from Nancy Chick of the University of Wisconsin. We are seeking proposals for chapters in follow-up to Exploring Signature Pedagogies: Approaches to Teaching Disciplinary Habits of Mind (Stylus, 2009), under contract with Stylus Publishing. Each chapter should briefly introduce a discipline,…

Posted on March 6, 2010 in News, ,