May 2019
Apply to be a Junior Faculty Teaching Fellow!
We are now accepting applications for the 2019-20 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 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 2019-2020 are eligible to apply.
Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 15th
For more details on the program or to apply, visit the JFTF webpage
Junior Faculty Spotlight:
Kejia Hu
Each month, the CFT Newsletter highlights the work of our Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows. This month, Kejia Hu, Operations
, talks about her teaching philosophy and interests.
I am an Assistant Professor of Operations Management at the Owen Graduate School of Management. My research mainly focuses on empirical operations management on service operations and supply chain management. Particularly, how to utilize massive and complex dataset to acquire insights ranging from business operations to customers’ behavior and further bring positive changes to the marketplaces such as call centers, healthcare, global sourcing and even public sectors’ policymaking.
I believe teaching must play a key role in my academic life. Education fulfills the responsibility of passing on knowledge to the next generation and transferring innovation from academia to impacts in practices. 

I think a good teacher needs to educate and inspire students in classes, while devoting time and energy outside of the classroom. A good teacher is willing to spend hours of time to prepare and organize the course material and rehearse for each class. Moreover, the content and style of teaching require frequent updates to ensure their connection with the advanced business practices. Outside of the classroom, I need to be responsive to students’ contacts to ensure their success in understanding the knowledge and implementing it into their business operations. 

Through my empirical research in operations management and collaboration with industrial partners, I develop a deep understanding and hands-on experiences in data analysis and operations management in business practices. These are also valuable assets I can share with my students and guide them to implement their learnings in class to the real-world operations. I believe my research improves my teaching, and my teaching in return inspires my research to make more intellectual and social impacts. 

Catch up with The Leading Lines Podcast
In this episode, Leading lines producer, Gayathri Narasimham, shares an interview with two Vanderbilt faculty—Bobby Bodenheimer from computer sciences and Ole Molvig from history—who co-taught a course on virtual reality. They discuss the challenges they faced in creating their course on virtual reality, and some of the lessons they’ve learned while teaching students an emerging technology.
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.
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CFT Celebrates Certificate in College Teaching Graduates

Congratulations to the all the participants who completed the Certificate in College Teaching, co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and the Graduate School, and the Certificate in Humanities Teaching and Learning this past year! The purpose of the certificate programs is to assist graduate students and post doctoral fellows who wish to gain a clearer, deeper, more active approach to teaching and learning in higher education. For more details on the program, visit the CiCT webpage.
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 2019 “design and development” semester, in which Fellows receive training and support as they develop their module, and the Spring 2020 “implementation and assessment” semester, in which the Fellows implement the project, gather evidence, and work with the CFT to interpret and present their results.
Participating in the BOLD program provided me with a unique experience that I was able to draw on during my faculty job search. My BOLD project allowed me to demonstrate in a tangible way my understanding of evidence-based teaching practices and course design.

Natalie Covington
Hearing and Speech Sciences

2019 BOLD Fellow

Graduate students from all disciplines are encouraged to identify a faculty mentor, discuss a potential project, and apply by May 15. Previous projects from STEM participants are described in the BOLD project gallery; the program includes 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

You are invited to hear about the projects
BOLD Fellows have worked on this year!
Enjoy a light, finger food lunch and talk to the BOLD fellows as they share their projects and show the materials they've created.
Pietra Bruni, Janine Christiano, Natalie Covington, Chelsey Dyer, Amberly Dziesinski, Brandt Gibson, Andres Martinez,  Ian Morton, Lam Pham, Dillon Pruett and Cara Singer will present posters and digital materials from their projects, showcasing the online learning experiences they created and the impacts they observed. 
Date: Wednesday, May 22nd
Time: 1:30-1:00
Location: Center for Teaching
1114 19th Avenue South, 3rd floor
To help us order enough food, please RSVP here if you plan to attend. 
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