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Junior Faculty Spotlight: Nicolette Kostiw

Each month, the CFT highlights the work of our Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows. This month, Nicolette Kostiw, Center for Latin American Studies, talks about her teaching philosophy and interests. I have a PhD in History and my specialization is nineteenth-century Brazil. My research examines the end of slavery in Brazil, looking specifically at the ways…

Posted on September 19, 2017 in News,

Catch up on Season Three of the Leading Lines Podcast

In the two latest episodes of the Leading Lines podcast we speak with Eric Schmalz, Citizen History Community Manager at the U.S. Holocaust Museum and Humberto Garcia, associate professor of English at the University of California at Merced. Schmalz works with the Holocaust Museum’s History Unfolded project. The museum calls the project a “citizen history” project,…

Posted on September 18, 2017 in News, , ,

September Brightspace Workshops and Drop-in Hours

In these hands-on workshops, participants will learn about Vanderbilt’s new course management system, Brightspace. Bring your own laptop computer so you can explore and build content in our test course! You will learn to confidently navigate the different areas of a Brightspace course; post, edit, and copy content for students using a variety of tools;…

Posted on September 15, 2017 in News

Junior Faculty Spotlight: Brett Byram

Each month, the CFT highlights the work of our Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows. This month, Brett Byram, Biomedical Engineering, talks about his teaching philosophy and interests. Ultrasound is the most used medical image method in the United States, but it’s notorious for making terrible, uninterpretable images.  Because of this a significant focus in my lab…

Posted on September 12, 2017 in News,

CFT Thanks our Teaching Affliliates!

Kaleigh Bangor (German, Russian & East European Studies), Emma Banks (Anthropology), Todd Evans (Mechanical Engineering), Andrea Gardiner (Civil & Environmental Engineering), Kyle Godbey (Physics), Daniel Kidd (Physics), Danielle Kopke (Biological Sciences), Elleansar Okwei (Chemistry), Katie Yewell (Economics), Laine Walters Young (Divinity) Every August, the Center for Teaching offers Teaching Assistant Orientation (TAO) to all new…

Posted on September 11, 2017 in News, ,

Teaching Writing Workshop Series in September

The Vanderbilt Writing Studio is offering The Teaching Writing Workshop Series. The workshops are geared toward supporting those who teach writing across the disciplines at Vanderbilt University, and workshops are open to faculty and graduate students from all departments. Contact Megan Minarich at for details. Fostering Writing and Collaboration in the Classroom Thursday September…

Posted on August 29, 2017 in Events, News, ,

Fall Courses Available on Brightspace

Fall courses are now available on Brightspace, Vanderbilt’s new course management system. Brightspace can be used to share course resources with students, communicate with students and engage them in discussion, administer quizzes and other assignments, and provide students with feedback on their learning. Faculty are invited to prepare their courses on and activate them…

Posted on August 17, 2017 in News

CFT Proudly Welcomes the 2017 Cohort of Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows!

Left to Right: Brett Byrum (Biomedical Engineering), Christopher Caldelaria (Leadership, Policy, and Organizations), Teresa Dunleavy (Teaching & Learning), Nicolette Kostiw (Center for Latin American Studies), Kanah Lewallen (Nursing), Shihong Lin (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Michiru Lowe (Asian Studies), Sara Mayeux (Law), Natasha McClure (Nursing), Marzia Milazzo (English), Mary Lauren Pfieffer (Nursing), Jannyse Starks (Nursing), Claudine…

Posted on August 16, 2017 in News, , ,

Teaching, Difference, and Power

Teaching after Charlottesville

By Derek Bruff, CFT Director This weekend’s events in Charlottesville, Virginia, saw hateful and bigoted speech turn into deadly violence. As classes at Vanderbilt resume this month, these events will be on the minds of students and faculty returning to campus. They’re certainly on my mind. I think of my visit to the University of…

Posted on August 15, 2017 in News, , , ,

Teaching with Blogs: A Leading Lines Interview with Humberto Garcia

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director I’m happy to announce the start of Season 3 of Leading Lines, a podcast on educational technology co-produced by the Center for Teaching. Our new season launches with an interview with Humberto Garcia, associate professor of English at the University of California at Merced. I met Humberto several years ago…

Posted on August 15, 2017 in News, , , , ,