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Teaching at Vanderbilt: An Orientation for New Faculty

Monday, August 16th, 2010
3:00 – 5:00pm
Center for Teaching
1114 19th Avenue, 3rd Floor

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At the beginning of every academic year, the Office of the Provost and the Center for Teaching host “Teaching at Vanderbilt,” an orientation for junior and senior faculty new to Vanderbilt. This year’s event will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Monday, August 16th, 2010, at the CFT. CFT staff will be available for teaching consultations throughout the following week, and a series of hands-on workshops addressing a variety of teaching topics will be offered during the week, as well.

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.

Schedule of Events

3:00 – 3:30p.m.
Welcoming Remarks

Welcome from Richard McCarty, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Professor of Psychology
Introduction to TaV and an overview of CFT resources by Allison Pingree, Director, Center for Teaching

3:30 – 4:30p.m.
Getting to Know the Vanderbilt Teaching World

During two consecutive sessions, various aspects of teaching at Vanderbilt will be discussed. Participants may choose which topics they would like to learn about, and attend that session accordingly.

Documenting and Evaluating Teaching Effectiveness at Vanderbilt

Timothy McNamara, Associate Provost for Faculty and Professor, Psychology
Allison Pingree, Director, Center for Teaching

This session will address the teaching expectations for faculty at Vanderbilt and the idea of “highly effective teaching.”  It also will address when, how and why teaching is evaluated and what materials faculty should collect and prepare for documenting their teaching effectiveness.

Getting to Know VU Undergrads

Richard Iannelli, Associate Director, Vanderbilt Institutional Research Group

Explore the rich information available to faculty about Vanderbilt undergraduates provided by the Vanderbilt Institutional Research Group (VIRG).

Reflections from Faculty Teaching Award Winners

Kat Baker, Assistant Director, Center for Teaching

This session will feature a panel of award-winning Vanderbilt faculty who will share their best practices and lessons learned through experience.  What do they know now that they wish they knew when they started?  Join us to find out, and ask your own questions.

4:30 – 5:00p.m.
Academic Resource Fair and Reception

An Academic Resource Fair and Reception at the end of the event will give participants a chance to socialize with each other and with other Vanderbilt faculty, as well as get practical questions answered by representatives from various services across campus.

For more information about TaV, contact Derek Bruff, Assistant Director, at 322-7290.

Resources for New Faculty

All faculty new to Vanderbilt and those teaching for the first time are encouraged to explore Getting Started Teaching a Vanderbilt, a site sponsored by the Center for Teaching and the Office of the Provost designed to address many of the questions new faculty ask. Here you will find quick and useful answers to your questions, as well as resources to consult.

Traveling to the Center for Teaching

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.

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.