July 2021
CFT Proudly Welcomes the
New Cohort of Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows
L to R: Michael Byrne (Medicine), Maria Sayil Camacho (Leadership, Policy and Organizations), Elizabeth Cizmar (Theatre), Thomas Clements (Biological Sciences), Romina Del Bosque (Biomedical Engineering), Janelle Delle (Nursing), Seok Bae Jang (Asian Studies), Melinda Johnson (Nursing), Antonia Kaczkurkin (Psychology), Hannah Kestner (Nursing),Colleen Moss (Nursing), Piran Kidambi (Biomolecular Engineering), Autumn Kujawa (Psychology and Human Development), Michelle Marcus (Economics), Adeana McNicholl (Religious Studies), Julia Steed (Nursing)
Guillermo Toral (Political Science),

and Meredyth Wegener (Neuroscience)

Eighteen faculty members from across the university have been named to the Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows program. The 2021-22 cohort comprises faculty from the College of Arts and Science, Peabody College and the schools of Engineering, Medicine and Nursing.
Fellows engage in a structured set of professional development activities—including a seminar on teaching and learning, individual consultations, teaching visits and dinner discussions—designed to help them refine their teaching skills and learn to teach more efficiently. Fellows participate in these activities with past Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows, senior faculty mentors and CFT senior staff. In addition, fellows receive $2,000 each in research funds to be used to enhance their teaching.
In addition to a cohort of fellows selected from across campus, the School of Nursing supports additional faculty fellowships every other year, including in 2021-22. Other schools occasionally support larger cohorts of faculty in response to particularly strong applicant pools. In 2021-22, this is the case for the College of Arts and Science, which is supporting four additional faculty fellowships.

Learning Online with Social Annotation
This spring CFT executive director Derek Bruff experimented with the social annotation tool Perusall in his first-year writing seminar. Perusall allowed him to share a variety of course materials with students, including news articles, podcast episodes, and YouTube video, and to invite students to annotate those texts collaboratively.

He used the tool in several different ways, which he shares in a recent blog post. “Looking back, I’m very happy with how Perusall supported online and asynchronous active learning for my students,” he writes. Read his blog post, “Asynchronous Active Learning with Perusall,” for more.

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CFT Announces New Graduate Teaching Fellows
L to R: Yvonne Chen (Sociology),
Sara Eccleston
 (Human & Organizational Development), Jose Luis de Ramon Ruiz (Spanish and Portuguese), and Leah Roberts (Human & Organizational Development)
The Center for Teaching is excited to welcome the Graduate Teaching Fellows for the 2021-2022 academic year. The Graduate Teaching Fellows provide a variety of services for Vanderbilt’s graduate and professional students and postdocs, including one-on-one consultations on teaching issues and professional development, syllabus and course design, interpreting and responding to student evaluations, writing teaching statements, and engaging techniques such as discussion leading, lecturing and using technology in the classroom.
In addition to fostering initiatives such as the Certificate in College Teaching Program, they also create and facilitate Teaching Assistant Orientation, Teaching Workshops, and help facilitate/support CFT Learning Communities and working groups.
To schedule an appointment with a GTF, please call 322-7290.

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 19th
Time: 2:00-5:00pm
Buttrick Hall

Microbiome Venture Fund Seeking Proposals
Vanderbilt faculty, staff, and students can now apply for the Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative Venture Fund, which supports microbiome scholarship spanning research, education, outreach, art, ethics, law and policy development, among others.
The Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative Venture Fund is an opportunity for all Vanderbilt faculty, staff, trainees and students to apply for pilot funding of a project that connects microbiome scholarship with diverse topics and investigators.
Proposals are welcome that:
  • stimulate new microbiome scholarship for the applicants;
  • support the development of team collaborations at various career stages across disciplines or institutes; and
  • subsequently seed a larger project.
Collaborations between faculty and undergraduate students across multiple schools are especially encouraged and should be made clear if applicable. The amount of funding is up to $3,000, and it must be used by April 1, 2022. See the criteria for evaluation and reporting responsibilities.

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