February 2022
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Learning Assistant Instructors
Learning assistants, or LAs, are undergraduates who serve as peer educators in courses that they have previously taken. Supported by training in pedagogy, they extend the reach of faculty members implementing active learning components in a course and help provide personalized experiences that increase students’ sense of belonging.
In this learning community, faculty who are currently working with LAs or are considering doing so in the future meet via Zoom on the first and third Tuesday of the month, 1:30-2:30, to discuss challenges, successes, and the approaches they are trying. Email Cynthia.brame@vanderbilt.edu with questions or to request the Zoom Link.

Online and Hybrid Teaching
Working Group

In this series of three meetings via Zoom, our group will explore experiential teaching online through the lens of telecollaboration, online community engagement, and online course design. Join us for one, two or all three of these conversations in which we will explore resources and challenges associated with experiential online and hybrid courses.   
Tuesday, March 1, 3-4pm Telecollaboration and Virtual Exchange
Virtual exchange and telecollaboration require students from different countries, cultures, or contexts to collaborate to accomplish a task online, typically using video conferencing. For this meeting, we will prepare by listening to an interview with two experts in virtual exchange, then meet together at 3pm to discuss how this form of experiential online learning might apply to our contexts. 
Tuesday, March 29, 3-4pm
Online Community Engagement

Online community engagement allows students to engage in service and practical learning experiences even when they cannot be physically present in a community.
For this meeting, we will prepare by listening to an interview with experts in online community engagement, then meet together at 3pm to discuss how this form of experiential online learning might apply to our contexts.

Tuesday, April 19, 3-4pm
Experiential Online Course Design

There are a variety of existing models for designing experience-based online courses
. For this meeting, we will prepare by reading an overview of the most widely used experiential models, then meet together at 3pm to discuss our challenges and next steps in designing experiential online courses.

Email Stacey M. Johnson at stacey.m.johnson@vanderbilt.edu with any questions.
Catch up with the
Leading Lines Podcast

In this episode, Nathan Stucky, director of the Farminary Project at Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey, and Emma Lietz Bilecky, Farminary Fellow talk about the origin of the Farminary, combining work on the farm with theological education, and the challenges and opportunities that come with teaching in rhythm with nature.
Listen to Latest Episode
To hear the podcast episodes you've missed, visit the Leading Lines website, search for “Leading Lines” in iTunes, or subscribe via RSS. You can also follow us on Twitter, @LeadingLinesPod.
Excellence in (Student) Podcasting Submissions Now Open
The Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities is sponsoring the second annual Excellence in Podcasting Competition, in collaboration with the Office of Immersion Resources and the Center for Teaching. We had really fantastic student submissions last year, and you can listen to the winning submissions on our podcast VandyVox.
If you know of students who have recently produced great audio (maybe as an assignment in your class!), please encourage them to submit that audio to the competition. There are cash prizes! See below for the official announcement with more information. 
Junior Faculty Spotlight: 
Hannah Kestner
Each year, the CFT highlights the work of our Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows. This month, Hannah Kestner, Nursing, talks about some of the lessons she has gained from the Fellowship on the CFT blog.
As a member of the nursing cohort of Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows, I have gained so much knowledge from my fellow nursing colleagues over the past semester. As nursing faculty, we all work in different specialties and have varying roles within those specialties (program directors, class coordinators, clinical faculty, etc.). It has been great to work alongside faculty members that I would not normally work with... [READ MORE] 
Come Work at the
Center for Teaching! 

Each year the Center for Teaching (CFT) hires a number of graduate students as part of its efforts to mentor and train graduate students, including those serving as teaching assistants or instructors of record here at Vanderbilt as well as those interested in developing teaching skills for future faculty careers. The CFT has several positions available for graduate students for the 2022-2023 academic year.
Graduate Teaching Fellow
GTFs lead sections of the Certificate in College (CiCT) Teaching program; consult with graduate students about their teaching; 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 online resources for the Vanderbilt teaching community. Learn more about the GTF Program.
Teaching Affiliate
The primary responsibility for Teaching Affiliates is to lead a cohort of incoming Teaching Assistants (TAs) through a day-long workshop at August’s TA Orientation. These workshops familiarize new TAs with the challenges and opportunities of working as TAs at Vanderbilt and help prepare TAs for the first few weeks of class. Cohorts are divided by discipline, and so the CFT seeks Teaching Affiliates from a wide variety of disciplines on campus. The Teaching Affiliate position is a 70-hour position, with most of those hours occurring in August 2022.
CiCT Facilitator
The CiCT Program facilitator will, alongside the Graduate Teaching Fellows, lead a section of the CiCT program.  The facilitator will read and prepare lesson plans, lead class sessions, and attend weekly meetings with the GTFs.  When the CiCT program is in session (8 weeks per semester), the approximate workload will be between 5-10 hrs/week.
These positions are great opportunities for graduate students to refine their teaching and presentation skills and network with graduate students outside of their department or program
Applications for all three types of positions are due Friday, February 11, 2022.
Learn more about each of these positions and apply online by visiting the CFT's employment opportunities page.
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