Teaching at Vanderbilt (TAV)
Teaching at Vanderbilt was held on Thursday, August 16th, 2018
The orientation features an introduction to strategies for launching a successful teaching career at Vanderbilt, with concurrent sessions on a variety of practical topics. Teaching at Vanderbilt is an opportunity for new faculty to meet each other and to learn how the Center for Teaching can support them throughout their Vanderbilt careers.
PLEASE NOTE: “Teaching at Vanderbilt” features specific strategies for launching your teaching career at Vanderbilt, and is distinct from and complementary to the more general New Faculty Orientation sponsored by the Provost’s Office in August. Thus, faculty who will play an instructional role at Vanderbilt are encouraged to attend both events.
All sessions were held in Buttrick Hall [map].
1:00-1:30 – Check-in & Registration
1:30-1:50 – Welcome Session (Derek Bruff, CFT Director)
1:55-3:35 – Concurrent Sessions
1:55-2:25 Session 1
2:30-3:00 Session 2
3:05-3:35 Session 3
Participants can select from several short workshops during each concurrent session. Workshop descriptions are given below.
3:40-4:10 – Faculty Panel Discussion
In this plenary session, several experienced faculty members will share reflections on their classroom practices and the teaching and learning culture at Vanderbilt.
4:15-5:00 – Reception
Please join us for some light refreshments. Enjoy this opportunity to meet fellow incoming Vanderbilt faculty, and to get better acquainted with the CFT senior staff serving as your department liaisons.
Getting to Know Vanderbilt Undergraduates
Facilitator: Joe Bandy
Asst. Director, Center for Teaching
Learn about our students, their backgrounds and goals, and their expectations for teaching and learning
Making the Most of Course Evaluations
Facilitator: Cynthia Brame
Assoc. Director, Center for Teaching
Student course evaluations are a ubiquitous, important, and often dreaded part of the teaching process. In this session, participants will learn about Vanderbilt’s course evaluation system and strategies to make the best use of the feedback your students can provide.
Leveraging Online Learning Platforms
Facilitator: Stacey M. Johnson
Asst. Director, Center for Teaching
This session will explore the online learning platforms provided by Vanderbilt, including Brightspace, WordPress, and Box, as well as key tools and promising practices within those platforms.
Participants will also learn about the various avenues for skill-building and support, both online and in person, offered through the Center for Teaching all year long.
Technology in the Classroom and the Office
Facilitator: Jeff Loudon
Sr. Relationship Manager, VUIT
Vanderbilt IT offers a wide variety of services to faculty both in and out of the classroom. This session will provide a brief overview of the services available, a walkthrough of classroom technology, and a few tips for making collaboration and communication with colleagues as well as students easier.
Maximize Your Teaching & Scholarship with Vanderbilt Libraries
Facilitator: Melissa Mallon
Director, Peabody Library
The Vanderbilt University Libraries are committed to supporting instructors and students in the research process.
This session will discuss options for partnering with librarians to save you time and frustration in your teaching and scholarship. We’ll cover a range of services and resources available from the Libraries, including embedding librarians in Brightspace for point-of-need student support, research assignment consultations, and on-demand workshops for topics relating to digital scholarship, critical news literacy, citation management, and more. You’ll leave this session with a solid plan for maximizing your success at Vanderbilt!
Stress vs Distress: Campus Resources and Response
Facilitator: Samantha York
Academic Skills Coach, Center for Student Wellbeing
An overview of on-campus resources for student mental health, focusing on the Center for Student Wellbeing but including the University Counseling Center and Office of Student Care Coordination. How to (a) gauge which resource is the best referral, (b) how to refer, and (c) how to take care of your own mental health in the process.
After the Event
New and returning faculty members are invited to the CFT’s annual Just-in-Time Teaching Conference, two days of teaching workshops designed to help instructors start the semester well. Topics include leading class discussions, syllabus design, presentation tools, inclusive teaching, educational technologies, and more. Sign up for one or more workshop on the conference website.
The Center for Teaching provides a wide range of programs, services, and resources to help instructors develop, refine, and reflect on their teaching. These include confidential individual consultation services. Please contact the Center (322-7290) if you are interested in a conversation with a Center consultant on topics such as the following:
- Engaging your students or building active learning into your course
- Gathering mid-semester student feedback
- Observing your teaching through a video recording or consultant observation
- Using technology to enhance your students’ learning
- Creating an educational design and/or assessment plan for your grant application
You’re welcome to schedule a teaching consultation either before or after the Teaching at Vanderbilt orientation. Just call or email the CFT to schedule.
Please note that Teaching at Vanderbilt, the CFT’s orientation for new faculty, will be held in Buttrick Hall. Teaching workshops and teaching consultations will be held at the Center for Teaching itself or at the Stevenson Center Building 2 Molecular Biology Bldg in the computer lab, Room 200. Directions to the CFT and the Stevenson Center can be found below.
For those walking:
The Center for Teaching (CFT) is conveniently located at 1114 19th Avenue South. Situated at the corner of 19th and Edgehill Avenues, the CFT is just one block from the 21st Avenue pedestrian bridge, making it only a 7 minute walk from Central Campus and just 3 minutes from the Commons. See the map below for location.
The Stevenson Center is located off 21st Avenue behind the Godchaux Nursing Annex and diagonally from the Central library . See the map below for location.
For those driving:
Visitors will find four Zone 1 parking lots within two blocks of the CFT. Adjacent to the building on 19th Avenue is Lot 111 (please do not park in the spaces designated for the Child Care Center); on Edgehill Avenue there are two lots: Lot 80 and Lot 82; and across from the Commons Center is Lot 77 (18th Avenue South).
Zone 2 permit holders may park on levels 4 and 5 of the Wesley Place Garage, which is just two blocks away. After 2:30 p.m. vehicles with any university commuter permit may park in any zoned lot. There are also a number of metered spots available in front of the building on 19th Avenue.
For more information about TaV, contact the Center for Teaching at 322-7290.