July 2022
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CFT Announces New Graduate Teaching Fellows
L to R, top to bottom: Julie Sriken (Human & Organizational Development), Eugenia Zavaleta Lemus (Anthropology), Jose Luis de Ramon Ruiz (Spanish and Portuguese), and Nauff Zakaria (Graduate Department of Religion)
The Center for Teaching is happy to welcome the new cohort of Graduate Teaching Fellows for the 2022-2023 academic year. The Graduate Teaching Fellows facilitate the Certificate in College Teaching program; consult with postdocs and graduate students about their teaching, syllabus, and course design; facilitate workshops for graduate students at TA Orientation and throughout the year; and assist CFT senior staff with various ongoing and short-term projects, including the creation of resources for the Vanderbilt teaching community.

To schedule an appointment with a GTF, please email: cft@vanderbilt.edu or call 322-7290.

Leading Lines 
Episode 113 with Brianna Janssen Sánchez and Nancy Ruther
On today’s episode of Leading Lines, producer and colleague Stacey Johnson and our Vanderbilt colleague Chalene Helmuth, principal senior lecturer in Spanish, brings us an interview with Brianna Janssen, an assistant professor of practice in languages, cultures, and international studies, and coordinator of teacher education, at Southern Illinois University and Nancy Ruther, the principal and founder of Gazelle International, a non-profit that partners with higher education institutions to produce globally capable graduates. In the interview, Stacey, Charlene, Brianna, and Nancy discuss different models of virtual exchanges, the kinds of support and scaffolding to support virtual exchanges, and the impact virtual exchanges can have on both students and teachers.


From the Executive Director – July 2022
Ah, summer, that time of year where we step away from our busy schedules, slow down to read and reflect on a good book or two, and prepare for the academic year ahead. Doesn’t that sound lovely? And maybe a little hypothetical? That’s not how my summer is going, certainly. It’s been a time of change, both personally and professionally.

At home, my wife and I welcome a new baby into our family on April 1st. Given the date (April Fool’s Day), not everyone believed our text messages that she was going into labor, but our son really was born that day! He’s three months old now, and doing well. And I’m looking forward to having him in Vanderbilt day care just across the parking lot from my office at the Center for Teaching.

At work, this has been a time of staff transitions at the CFT. As I shared in a previous newsletter, longtime assistant director Rhett McDaniel left this spring for a great new job in the School of Nursing. Next month, longtime associate director Cynthia Brame leaves the CFT for a full-time faculty position in Biological Sciences. Please save the date—Thursday, August 11th, at 3:30pm—for her farewell reception! A search for the CFT’s new associate director is ongoing.

And this month, two newer staff members are leaving the CFT, as well. Digital media specialists Seth Shepherd and Tracye Davis are moving along with the entire Digital Media Lab and One-Button Studio to Vanderbilt’s new Office for Digital Learning, where they will support the development of new online degree programs at the institution. We wish Seth and Tracye the best at their new institutional home, and we’re grateful for all the work they did the past year launching our digital media services.

Derek Bruff
Executive Director

Teaching at Vanderbilt New Faculty Orientation
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. See orientation page for details and to register.
Date: Thursday, August 18th
Time: 2:00-5:30pm
Location: 1101 19th Ave S

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