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Teaching Workshops

These workshops focus on practical, concrete strategies for common teaching tasks, challenges, and opportunities.  These sessions draw on research-based best practices from the literature on teaching and learning and help participants consider ways to apply those best practices in their teaching. Teaching Workshops are typically a mix of presentation, large group discussion, small group activities, and times for individual reflection.



Research Presentation
Strategies that Stick: Memorable Moments that Enhance Student Motivation

Meet the newest assistant director at the CFT, Dr. Heather Fedesco! Prior to Vanderbilt, Heather served as the Mellon Pedagogy Researcher at Colorado College where she spent two years conducting research on student motivation. Please join us as Heather shares some of her research exploring the teaching strategies that students find memorable and motivating in their courses.



Date: Friday, October 26
Time: 10:30-11:30 am
Location: CFT Classroom

Open to all Vanderbilt Faculty, Graduate Students, and Postdocs



Crafting an Effective Teaching Statement Graduate Student/Postdoc Workshop

In this workshop, we will address best practices for writing a teaching statement/philosophy for the academic job market. This workshop is open to Vanderbilt graduate students & Postdocs from across the disciplines who want to improve their teaching portfolio materials. All teaching experience levels are welcome.



Date: Friday, November 2
Time: 11:00-12:30 pm
Location: CFT Classroom
Facilitator: Robert Marx, CFT Graduate Teaching Fellow

Open to Vanderbilt Graduate Students & Postdocs


Developing a Written Diversity Statement Graduate Student/Postdoc Workshop

In this workshop, we will discuss evidence-based practices for writing a diversity statement for the academic job market. Increasingly, universities and colleges are requesting that faculty job applicants provide a statement addressing how they plan to contribute to inclusive excellence in their professional lives. Sometimes, a job ad will request that applicants address diversity in the cover letter or the teaching statement, but a request for a stand-alone diversity statement is becoming more common. From the perspective of the university, the purpose of this document is to verify that an applicant has a commitment to diversity in his or her work within higher education, including scholarship, teaching, service, mentoring, and advising. From the applicant’s perspective, a diversity statement offers an opportunity to articulate the many ways one may contribute to inclusivity via their research, teaching, and service; and the challenges to this work that one may help academic institutions overcome. This session will introduce several approaches to developing and writing a diversity statement and give participants an opportunity to begin generating ideas on their own and in small groups.

Date: Wednesday, November 7th
Time: 11:30am-12:30pm
Location: Vanderbilt Center for Teaching, 1114 19th Ave. South, 3rd Floor Classroom
Facilitators: Chelsea Yarborough and Alex Oxner, CFT Graduate Teaching Fellows

Open to Vanderbilt Graduate Students & Postdocs


Hybrid/Online Teaching Workshop: Presence & Interaction Online

Are you interested in creating meaningful learning experiences as part of your current or future online or hybrid course, but not sure where to start? A few practical tools can help ease the transition to online teaching. Come explore online teaching strategies in this workshop designed for a range of experience levels–from those just thinking about online teaching to those who have been teaching in an online or hybrid setting for a while.

In this workshop, participants will explore online teaching through the community of inquiry framework with an emphasis on instructor presence and student interactions. By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • describe multiple ways instructors facilitate online learning,
  • understand how teaching approaches can be modified for online learning environments, and
  • apply this knowledge to a course they may be teaching.


Date: Monday, November 12th
Time: 2:30pm-4:00pm
Location: CFT Classroom
Facilitators: Kylie Korsnack, CFT Graduate Teaching Fellow and Stacey Johnson, CFT Assistant Director for Educational Technology

Open to Faculty Only