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Teaching at Vanderbilt (TAV)

Teaching at Vanderbilt was held Thursday, August 15th, 2019

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 will be held in Featheringill 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. Panelists include:

  • Allison Leich-Hilbun, senior lecturer of biological sciences
  • Tasha Rijke-Epstein, assistant professor of history
  • Jason Valentine, associate professor of mechanical engineering
  • Rich Milner, professor of teaching and learning

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.

Concurrent Sessions

Getting to Know
Vanderbilt Undergraduates

Room 110
Facilitator: Joe Bandy,
Asst. Director, Center for Teaching

Learn about our students, their backgrounds and
goals, and their expectations for teaching and learning
at Vanderbilt. 

Making the Most of Course Evaluations

Room 129
Facilitator: Cynthia Brame
Asst. 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 

Room 132
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. 

What the Vanderbilt Writing Studio Can Do for You & Your Students

Room 136
Facilitator: John Bradley
Director, Writing Studio & Tutoring Services

This session will introduce you to the many ways that the Writing Studio serves as a resource for your students and for the teaching of writing in your courses. We will cover how students access our free, confidential, one-on-one writing consultations, and you will learn about opportunities to bring the Writing Studio into your classroom, whether to facilitate an in-class writing workshop or to briefly introduce our services, plus other Writing Studio resources that support writers and writing instruction, in general.

Maximize Your Teaching & Scholarship with Vanderbilt Libraries

 Room 136
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 & Response

Room 138
Facilitator: Samantha York
Academic Skills Counselor, Center for Student Wellbeing

An overview of on-campus resources for student wellbeing, 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 wellbeing 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.

Teaching Consultations

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:

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.

Traveling to the Center for Teaching

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.

Walking Directions

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.

Map to CFT

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.

Map to Stevenson Center

Driving and Parking Directions

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.