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A message to faculty on fulfilling our mission as we return to campus

Aug. 12, 2020—The Vanderbilt community will come together, continue to make adjustments, embrace debate and discussion, and focus on how best to ensure we take care of one another while fulfilling our scholarly missions as a residential research university, write Chancellor Daniel Diermeier and Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente in a message to faculty.

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Vanderbilt announces new digital tools to support adaptive teaching

Aug. 12, 2020—Vanderbilt University has secured licensing for new digital tools to support hybrid and online instruction for the 2020-21 academic year. The new tools and platforms will help meet the acute needs of faculty and students and will complement existing campus-wide technologies.

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Return to Campus Update for Aug. 10

Aug. 10, 2020—The university is on track to continue welcoming students back to campus over the next two weeks. In-person classes for several professional degree programs have already launched, and undergraduate, graduate and many professional programs will begin in-person classes on Aug. 24.

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Vanderbilt implements emergency relief fund, extended sick leave to help employees manage challenges related to COVID-19

Aug. 10, 2020—Vanderbilt University has established the Employee COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to assist employees with financial burdens that have been incurred as a result of COVID-19. In addition, Vanderbilt will provide eligible staff members who are required to work on campus access to a one-time bank of up to two weeks of pay to recover from a diagnosed COVID-19 illness or to stay home for required quarantine or isolation periods.

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Faculty prepare for fall semester through participation in Center for Teaching’s Online Course Design Institute

Aug. 10, 2020—This summer more than 400 faculty and other instructors completed the Online Course Design Institute offered by the Center for Teaching, learning about effective practices in online education and jump-starting their planning for summer and fall online courses.

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Postdoctoral scholars invited to immigration update session Aug. 12

Aug. 10, 2020—The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, in collaboration with International Student and Scholar Services and the Office of Employee Immigration Services, will host an online information session on Wednesday, Aug. 12, for Vanderbilt’s postdoctoral scholars to learn more about recent updates to immigration policies.

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Ask an Expert: What are warning signs of COVID-19 stress in young adults?

Aug. 7, 2020—Autumn Kujawa, assistant professor of psychology and human development, discusses the warning signs of COVID-19 related stress in young adults.

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Classroom visiting period for faculty is Aug. 10–21 ahead of fall semester start

Aug. 5, 2020—Faculty may visit the classrooms in which they will teach undergraduate and graduate courses this fall from Monday, Aug. 10, through Friday, Aug. 21, as part of their preparation for in-person and hybrid teaching.

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Libraries’ Buchanan Fellows adapt with new skills during pandemic

Aug. 5, 2020—Vanderbilt’s spring 2020 class of Buchanan Library Fellows, who signed on for immersive research experiences, embraced skills they had not expected to use during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Return to Campus Update: Vanderbilt Phase II continues with readiness for further on-campus activities

Aug. 3, 2020—Vanderbilt has continued to successfully implement Phase II of its Return to Campus Plan and, as of Aug. 10, will have the criteria and systems in place to begin on-campus classes on Aug. 24 for all undergraduates and many graduate and professional students.

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Get to know Vanderbilt’s residential faculty: Professor Celso Castilho

Aug. 1, 2020—As the new academic year approaches, Vanderbilt's faculty heads of house are revealing some things about themselves in this special portrait series. Meet Celso Thomas Castilho, associate professor of history and faculty head of Memorial House.

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Adaptive Teaching at Vanderbilt: August workshops, new course development website available from Center for Teaching

Jul. 31, 2020—For faculty and other instructors looking for teaching ideas for the fall, the Center for Teaching is offering a variety of online workshops in August, as well as a new Online Course Development Resources website.

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