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Teaching at Vanderbilt (TAV)

Teaching at Vanderbilt 2017, Date and Time TBA

At the beginning of every academic year, the Center for Teaching hosts “Teaching at Vanderbilt,” an orientation for junior and senior faculty new to Vanderbilt.

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.


Teaching at Vanderbilt will be held on Thursday, August 18th. All sessions will be held in Buttrick Hall [map].

1:00-1:30 – Check-in & Registration

1:30-1:50 – Welcome Session including CFT Overview (Derek Bruff, CFT Director)

1:55-3:35 – Concurrent Sessions: Thirty minutes each, choose any three.

3:40-4:10 – Plenary: Documenting and Evaluating Teaching Effectiveness (Provost’s Office)

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.

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.

After the Event

On Monday, August 22nd, and Tuesday, August 23rd, the CFT is offering a variety of teaching workshops for Vanderbilt instructors, new and returning. We’re calling the event the Just-in-Time Teaching Conference. Topics include:

  • What’s in Your Syllabus?
  • Teaching Inclusively to Diverse Groups
  • Small Changes, Big Results
  • Intro to Blackboard
  • Intro to Vanderbilt’s Next Course Management System
  • Teaching with Classroom Response Systems
  • Hands-on PowerPoint Clinic

We hope you’ll join us for one or more of these workshops!  See the JiTT Teaching Conference page to learn more about the workshops and to register.

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.

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.

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

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.