May 2022
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Spring Internal Grant Opportunites: Deadline Extended
The Office of the Provost supports two internal funding programs, the Educational Advancement Fund and the Course Improvement Grant, designed to support excellence in the classroom through continued pedagogical advancement and long-term educational transformation.

The Educational Advancement Fund supports longer term educational transformations and the Course Improvement Grants aim to promote excellence in teaching within a single course (or course section). Recipients in 2021-2022 include 21 faculty members across five of Vanderbilt’s schools and colleges.

To learn more about the recipients and their projects, visit the internal teaching grants recipients webpage. The deadline to submit for the upcoming second round has been extended to May 20, and funds will be available on July 1. Interested faculty can submit applications online using InfoReady Review.  All full-time, VU employed (Provost-reporting) faculty are eligible regardless of tenure status.  Graduate students and post-docs are ineligible.

Visit the Educational Advancement Fund and Course Improvement Grants webpages for more information about the program, including eligibility standards, proposal requirements, funding guidelines, and selection criteria.

Any additional questions about these two programs can be directed to Cynthia Brame, associate director of the Center for Teaching.

Course Improvement Grant Spotlight: “Applying Developmental Understanding to Student Initiatives for Underserved Populations”
Brenda McKenzie, Associate Professor of the Practice in Leadership, Policy, and Organizations, recently told us about her Course Improvement Grant aimed at enhancing her masters students skills in gathering and analyzing qualitative information about the students they will serve... 

Click here to learn more about Brenda's grant and read her interview.

Course Improvement Grant Spotlight:
 “Jazz and Global Ensemble Recording of New Works”
Ryan Middagh, Assistant Professor of Jazz and Chair of the Jazz and Global Music Department, talked about his Course Improvement Grant, “Jazz and Global Ensemble Recording of New Works,” in an interview with CFT assistant director Julaine Fowlin.

Click here to learn more about Ryan's grant and watch the video interview.

Leading Lines 
Episode 110 with Patrick Rael
In episode 110 of the CFT’s Leading Lines podcast, we talk with a professor who runs game labs where students play entire board games as part of the learning process.

Patrick Rael is a professor of history at Bowdoin College in Maine who brought together his expertise as a historian and his passion for analog gaming in a course he teaches at Bowdoin, a course called Historical Simulations. In the podcast episode, Patrick shares the origin of this interesting course, he talks about the ways games and play lead to deep learning in this course, and he argues for more scholarly work around the use of analog games in teaching and learning.


CFT partners with Peabody to launch a new blended Independent School Leadership Master’s Program
Vanderbilt’s Peabody College has launched a new blended (online and in-person) Master's of Education in Independent School Leadership (ISL), building on the strong foundation of the previous summer-intensive ISL program. The new blended model involves more online courses and a reduction in the length of on-campus summer experiences. This change will meet the needs of working professionals and make the program more accessible by removing the barrier of temporary relocation. Additionally, learning will be occurring during the academic year and learners will have more opportunities to apply what they learn in real-time.
In a new video interview series, the new ISL program director Dr. Carrie Grimes shares her journey to launching the program with Dr. Julaine Fowlin, assistant director for instructional design.
Click here to read more and watch the video interviews.
Self-Registration Courses in Brightspace
Self-registration courses are Brightspace courses into which anyone with a VUNetID can enroll as a student. These courses cover a variety of topics and come from different offices, centers, and departments on campus. Find out how to register yourself for a course here.

We hope you will self-register for the three Brightspace model courses! These courses contain much of the same content to walk you through how to design and build a great course. However, they use three very different approaches to course design to give users an idea of how many options are available to you in Brightspace.
If you or your department are interested in creating a self-registration course in order to share valuable content with a wide audience on campus, check out the Brightspace acceptable use policy. Then, reach out to CFT Assistant Director Stacey Johnson at
Junior Faculty Spotlight: 
Sayil Camacho

Each year, the CFT highlights the work of our Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows. We have two fellows to highlight this month, starting with Sayil Camacho, Peabody College. She shared her experience of the Fellowship on the CFT blog. 
Latinas make up less than 1 percent of all full professors in the professoriate. As a Latina, former undocumented person, and non-native English speaker, I navigate racial segregation within the professoriate in isolation and without access to peers who understand my emancipatory worldview.  The opportunity to be a part of the JFTF program translates to being in community with faculty who fundamentally understand that academic excellence necessitates diversity… [READ MORE]
Junior Faculty Spotlight: 
Colleen Moss
Our next fellow to showcase this month is Colleen Moss, School of Nursing. She shares about some of the lessons she has gained from the Fellowship on the CFT blog.
As an early career faculty member, the learning curve is steep. There are many facets to consider when revising or redesigning a course. The Junior Faculty Teaching Fellowship helped me focus on small changes I can make in the classroom that have a positive impact… [READ MORE]
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