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Junior Faculty Teaching Fellow Spotlight:Amanda Goodwin

Jan. 15, 2012—Each month, the CFT Newsletter highlights the work of our Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows. This month, Amanda Goodwin, Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Peabody College, talks about her teaching philosophy and interests: My main research goal is to improve literacy through better understanding how students can use morphological awareness (or...

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GradSTEP Preview: Humanities & Social Sciences Virtual Panel

Jan. 10, 2012—What happens after a successful job search? This year’s GradSTEP event will feature two simultaneous panels of recent PhDs who have made the transition from grad student to full-time faculty jobs. They answered the “What Next?” question, and will share their stories of stumbles and triumphs in these plenary sessions. Panelists in the humanities and...

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Twitter as an Enabler of Critical Thinking

Oct. 18, 2011—This is a guest post by Corbette Doyle, a Lecturer in Leadership, Policy & Organizations, and Steph Milne, her TA. In addition to her TA role, Steph recently earned her undergraduate degree and is currently a second-year graduate student in LPO. This Thursday, October 20th, at 4:00 p.m., Corbette and Steph will be discussing their...

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New Resources for Teaching Sociology, Economics

Jul. 23, 2010—Two new websites feature resources for teaching in particular disciplines. The American Sociological Association (ASA) has launched Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology (TRAILS), a peer-reviewed site for sharing teaching syllabi, class activities, student assignments, bibliographies, and other teaching innovations. Submissions go through two rounds of peer review before being shared on the site. The...

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Engaging Students with Images Using VisualsSpeak

May. 17, 2010—[This is a guest post by Kate O’Doherty, graduate student in psychology & human development and 2010-2011 CFT Teaching Affiliate.  We welcome contributions to the CFT blog by others in the Vanderbilt teaching community!] I consider myself pretty familiar with the typical classroom tools.  PowerPoint?  I’ve got it down-even those custom animations.  Video? Sure, I...

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Episode 19 – Teaching Challenging Topics

Jan. 12, 2010—In this episode, we feature a panel discussion with Melissa Snarr, Assistant Professor of Ethics and Society; Brian Griffith, Assistant Clinical Professor for Human and Organizational Development; Vanessa Beasley, Associate Professor with Communication Studies; and Tiffiny Tung, Assistant Professor in the Anthropology Department. In this discussion, the four talk about strategies they use when covering...

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Episode 14 – Globalizing Your Curriculum

Mar. 26, 2009—This episode features audio recorded during a February 2009 lunch discussion co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and the Global Feminisms Collaborative. The discussion was part of the Collaborative’s ongoing brown-bag series. You’ll hear the opening remarks made by the four panelists at that discussion: Tiffany Patterson, Associate Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies...

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Episode 12 – Brooke Ackerly on Time-Efficient Teaching

Dec. 14, 2008—This episode continues our podcast series focusing on time-efficient teaching. Faculty at a research university like Vanderbilt must balance a number of competing demands on their time, including teaching, research, and service. For this series, we’re interviewing senior faculty members at Vanderbilt and asking them to share ways they teach effectively while making good use...

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Episode 2 – An Interview with Steve Buckles

Dec. 28, 2007—In this episode, we feature excerpts from an interview with Stephen Buckles, Senior Lecturer in Economics here at Vanderbilt. In this interview, Steve describes his use of a classroom response system in his large undergraduate economics courses. This system allows Steve to pose multiple-choice questions to his students during class and his students to submit...

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