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Join the Center for Teaching’s 25th anniversary celebration

Sep. 2, 2011, 8:26 PM

(Steve Green/Vanderbilt University)

The Vanderbilt Center for Teaching is celebrating 25 years of excellence in teaching and learning with events Sept. 8 and 9.

A keynote address and reception with the CFT’s founding director Ken Bain is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8 in the Student Life Center’s Board of Trust Room. In this highly interactive session, Bain, the author of What the Best College Teachers Do, will explore the results and implications of a 15-year study of highly successful university educators, people who have achieved extraordinary success in fostering learning among their students. His talk will be preceded by opening remarks from Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos.

On Friday, Sept. 9, the CFT will sponsor a symposium titled “Looking to the Future” from 9:10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Commons Center, rooms 235-237. Faculty, students and staff are invited to discuss a set of themes the center has identified as likely to affect teaching and learning at Vanderbilt over the next five years:

Economic Challenges
Panelist – Cecelia Tichi, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English

Changing Technologies
Panelist – Cynthia Paschal, associate professor of biomedical engineering

Social Responsibilities
Panelist – Marshall Eakin, professor of history

Opening remarks by the faculty panelists will begin at 9:10 a.m. Breakout discussions of the three themes will be held at 10:10 a.m. and again at 11:10 a.m. Lunch and closing remarks by the panelists, as well as keynote speaker Ken Bain, will begin at 12:10 p.m.

Faculty, students and staff are welcome to attend all of the sessions or drop in for an hour or two as they are available.

More information about the 25th anniversary celebration is available on the CFT website.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend.