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TAO Refresh: Drop-in for an hour or stay all afternoon!

Did you just participate in Teaching Assistant Orientation this year and want to dig deeper with the basics of being a TA?  Are you resuming your TA duties this year and would like a refresher about best practices in teaching? Have you been a TA for a while, but would like to hone what you’ve…

Posted on October 6, 2017 in News, , ,


Mark your calendar & spread the word about upcoming August orientations

Teaching at Vanderbilt (TaV), an orientation for junior and senior faculty new to Vanderbilt, will be held from 1p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 20th, 2015, in Buttrick Hall. Those interested in attending should RSVP by August 14th by registering online or by calling the Center for Teaching at (615) 322-7290. Throughout the week following TAV Orientation…

Posted on July 16, 2015 in Events, News, , , , ,


Review Sessions: A Little Goes a Long Way

By Graduate Teaching Fellow, Nayana Bose  Teaching assistants (TAs) are often assigned review sessions (RSs) as part of their duties. These review sessions pose some unique challenges, and in this blog post I will focus on two that I think are common across most disciplines. RSs are usually scheduled right before an exam when there…

Posted on January 28, 2014 in News, ,


Ask Professor Pedagogy: Leading Review Sessions

Ask Professor Pedagogy is a twice monthly advice column written by Center for Teaching staff. One aspect of our mission is to cultivate dialogue about teaching and learning, so we welcome questions and concerns that arise in the classroom; particularly those from Vanderbilt faculty, students, and staff. If you have a question that you’d like…

Posted on July 26, 2013 in Commentary, , ,


Ask Professor Pedagogy: Grading Efficiently

Ask Professor Pedagogy is a twice monthly advice column written by Center for Teaching staff. One aspect of our mission is to cultivate dialogue about teaching and learning, so we welcome questions and concerns that arise in the classroom; particularly those from Vanderbilt faculty, students, and staff. If you have a question that you’d like…

Posted on April 19, 2013 in Commentary, , ,


Video Asks “TAs: What Does Peabody Want?”

by Nancy Chick, CFT Assistant Director Teaching Assistants live in a liminal space between student and professor, balancing their own studies with the responsibilities of assigning grades, delivering lectures, facilitating review sessions, running labs, and in some departments designing entire courses.  They must negotiate the varying expectations of multiple audiences, including their thesis or dissertation…

Posted on March 19, 2013 in News,


Fall Orientations Scheduled for New Faculty and Teaching Assistants

At Vanderbilt, we believe research and teaching can be — indeed must be — united.  Just as you ask innovative and challenging questions in your research, your efforts in the classroom or the laboratory challenge your students to experience your discipline and the world in new and different ways. Each fall the Center offers two orientations:…

Posted on May 3, 2012 in Events, , ,


Teaching Assistant Orientation 2010 Registration Now Open

The Center for Teaching will host its annual Teaching Assistant Orientation on August 18 and 19, 2010 in Buttrick Hall. Teaching Assistant Orientation (TAO) prepares graduate students to assume their teaching duties with confidence by engaging them in interactive sessions about teaching methods and resources.  By attending TAO, you will… Discover effective teaching techniques relevant…

Posted on May 31, 2010 in Events,


Outsourced Grading of Student Papers?

A recent Chronicle of Higher Education article reports on the emerging practice of outsourcing the grading of student papers to third-party companies.  For example, University of Houston professor Lori Whisenant has outsourced some of the work her TAs used to do to a company called EduMetry: The graders working for EduMetry, based in a Virginia…

Posted on April 8, 2010 in News, ,


Episode 13 – Tim McNamara on Time-Efficient Teaching

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…

Posted on February 5, 2009 in Podcast, , , , , ,