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‘Teaching Assistants’

Ask Professor Pedagogy: Grading Efficiently

Apr. 19, 2013—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...

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Video Asks “TAs: What Does Peabody Want?”

Mar. 19, 2013—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...

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Fall Orientations Scheduled for New Faculty and Teaching Assistants

May. 3, 2012—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:...

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Teaching Assistant Orientation 2010 Registration Now Open

May. 31, 2010—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...

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Outsourced Grading of Student Papers?

Apr. 8, 2010—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...

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Episode 13 – Tim McNamara on Time-Efficient Teaching

Feb. 5, 2009—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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