April 2018
Apply to be a Junior Faculty Teaching Fellow!

We are now accepting applications for the 2018-19 Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows program. The  program is designed to help you:
  • Learn from the teaching experiences of colleagues
  • Develop skills that will enable you to analyze and improve your teaching over time
  • Build a teaching community at Vanderbilt
  • Learn to balance and integrate your teaching and research
  • Develop and improve materials for review and tenure processes.
Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows receive $2000 in research funds each to be used to enhance their teaching.

Tenure-track and non-tenure track, full-time faculty who will be in their second through sixth year in 2018-2019 are eligible to apply.
Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 16th
For more details on the program or to apply, visit the JFTF webpage

Writing A Diversity Statement
Workshop April 12th

The CFT has partnered with The Office of Inclusive Excellence and The Office for Career Development at The Graduate School to provide an introductory workshop on developing a written diversity statement. Increasingly, universities and colleges are requesting that faculty job applicants provide a statement addressing how they plan to contribute to inclusive excellence in their professional lives.
Sometimes, a job ad will request that applicants address diversity in the cover letter or the teaching statement, but a request for a stand-alone diversity statement is becoming more common. From the perspective of the university, the purpose of this document is to verify that an applicant has a commitment to diversity in his or her work within higher education, including scholarship, teaching, service, mentoring, and advising. From the applicant's perspective, a diversity statement offers an opportunity to articulate the many ways one may contribute to inclusive and just research, teaching, and service; and the challenges to this work that one may help academic institutions overcome.
This session will introduce several approaches to developing and writing a diversity statement and give participants an opportunity to begin generating ideas on their own and in small groups.
Sara Beck, CFT Graduate Teaching Fellow
Joe Bandy, CFT Assistant Director
Question and answer session with:
Ruth Schemmer
Assistant Dean for Graduate Career Development
Melissa Thomas-Hunt
Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence

Date: Thursday, April 12th
Time: 3:00pm-4:30pm
Location: Alumni Hall Room 206
Open to Graduate Students & Postdocs

Brightspace Support for April

Have you tried grading papers on Brightspace yet? Of the five available grading options, two of our favorites are the D2L grader app and the bulk download tool which allow you to mark up papers either on your iPad or using Word tools like comments and track changes. Grading on Brightspace allows instructors to communicate instantly private grades and feedback to students in a FERPA-protected space. Email us at Brightspace@vanderbilt.edu or check out this collection of step-by-step guides for help getting started.
For the rest of the spring semester, we will be offering drop-in hours for faculty and staff who have Brightspace-related questions. Stop by the workshop space of the CFT (even without an appointment) and find a specialist ready to assist. We can get you up to speed with Brightspace’s new features, assist with building your course content, or help you solve technical problems. 
Tuesdays 9-11am & Wednesdays 2-4pm
If you need help but can’t drop by during the times listed above, you can email Brightspace Support for online support or to schedule a consultation with a member of the Brightspace support team. Contact us at brightspace@vanderbilt.edu
Hybrid/Online Teaching Workshop: Presence & Interaction Online
Are you interested in creating meaningful learning experiences as part of your current or future online or hybrid course, but not sure where to start? A few practical tools can help ease the transition to online teaching. Come explore online teaching strategies in this workshop designed for a range of experience levels–from those just thinking about online teaching to those who have been teaching in an online or hybrid setting for a while.
In this workshop, participants will explore online teaching through the community of inquiry framework with an emphasis on instructor presence and student interactions. By the end of the session, participants will be able to:
  • describe multiple ways instructors facilitate online learning,
  • understand how teaching approaches can be modified for online learning environments, and
  • apply this knowledge to a course they may be teaching.
Date: Monday, April 16th
Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm
Location: CFT Classroom
Open to Graduate Students & Postdocs
Date: Monday, April 23rd
Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm
Location: CFT Classroom
Open to Faculty Only
Kylie Korsnack, CFT Graduate Teaching Fellow
Stacey Johnson, CFT Assistant Director for Educational Technology
Apply to be a BOLD Fellow!
Want to create innovative online learning experiences? Investigate the impact of the experience on your students' learning and share the results with colleagues?
The BOLD Fellows program helps graduate students from all disciplines design and develop online learning experiences, from building online learning modules to fostering online spaces for their students to interact. Each Fellow works with a faculty member who has identified a teaching “problem” in a particular course, working to develop a potential solution, integrate it into the faculty member’s course, and gather data on its impact on student learning. The program spans two semesters: the Fall 2018 “design and development” semester, in which Fellows receive training and support as they develop their module, and the Spring 2019 “implementation and assessment” semester, in which the Fellows implement the project, gather evidence, and work with the CFT to interpret and present their results.
Graduate students from all disciplines are encouraged to identify a faculty mentor, discuss a potential project, and apply by May 16. Previous projects from STEM participants are described in the BOLD project gallery; the program has expanded to include all disciplines and encourages applications that take novel, discipline-appropriate approaches.  
The Fellowship carries a $1000 stipend and the opportunity to apply for $500 to fund travel to present the project. For more information about the program, including application information, see the CFT’s BOLD program page
Latest Podcast Episodes on Ed Tech in Higher Education
This episode is an audio segment from a panel on teaching with podcasts that the Vanderbilt CFT hosted last fall. The focus of the panel was student-produced podcasts, that is, podcast episodes made by students as part of course assignments. One of the panelists was John Sloop, professor of communication studies at Vanderbilt, vice provost for digital learning, and also a co-producer of Leading Lines. In this episode, we get to hear from John about his own teaching in communication studies, and his experiments with teaching with podcasts.
For more on teaching with podcasts, have a listen to Episode 27 of this podcast, which features an interview with Gilbert Gonzales, health policy professor here at Vanderbilt. Gilbert shares his experiences with student-produced podcasts.
To listen to the podcasts, visit the Leading Lines website, search for “Leading Lines” in iTunes, or subscribe via RSS.  You can also follow us on Twitter, @LeadingLinesPod.
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