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University Courses proposals due Nov. 22

Oct. 9, 2019—The Vanderbilt Center for Teaching, the new home of the University Courses program, invites applications from faculty members for innovative, interdisciplinary, team-taught courses that engage students in deep learning. Proposals are due Friday, Nov. 22.

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Space archaeologist and TED Prize winner to deliver University Course special lecture on Sept. 26

Sep. 6, 2019—Archaeologist and Egyptologist Sarah Parcak, whose work on using modern satellite imagery to study ancient civilizations has received worldwide acclaim, will speak at Vanderbilt on Sept. 26 as part of a special University Course guest lecture. The free lecture will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Life Center Board of Trust Room.

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Academic Strategic Plan’s five-year progress report shows transformative impact

Sep. 6, 2019—A newly released five-year progress report on the Academic Strategic Plan highlights many new initiatives, including several that enhance the student experience and elevate teaching and discovery.

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What’s On My Mind: A focus on the faculty

Nov. 9, 2018—A university is built on a foundation of research, scholarship and service; to do each of those successfully, we must create an environment in which the faculty can thrive, writes Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos in this week's column.

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University Courses proposals due Nov. 12

Sep. 23, 2018—Faculty proposals for the 2019 cycle of University Courses are due Monday, Nov. 12. The University Courses initiative allows faculty to introduce and teach innovative courses to students from across each of Vanderbilt’s schools and colleges.

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VU BreakThru: Can you do good and make good at the same time? 

Apr. 18, 2018—What’s the most important thing for people just out of prison? What’s the hardest thing to find for people just out of prison? If you guessed “a job” for both, you’re right. A new University Course on social change and social entrepreneurship looks at how local nonprofit Project Return helps bridge the gap between prison and long-term employment. HOD Professor Paul Speer and Associate Professor of Sociology Richard Pitt write about what they are teaching and learning in this VU BreakThru blog post. Read more about University Courses and other internal faculty funding programs—including TIPs grants,  Research Scholar Grants and Discovery Grants —at the VU BreakThru blog.

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VUBreakThru: Learning to view history through a critical lens

Mar. 28, 2018—Students enrolled in the "Race, Place and Power" University Course recently visited the Hermitage, home of native son Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States. They contrasted what they had learned in class with the picture of Jackson portrayed at the museum. Read more about University Courses and other internal faculty funding programs—including TIPs grants, Discovery Grants and Research Scholar Grants—at the VU BreakThru blog.

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Five new interdisciplinary University Courses approved for 2018-19

Mar. 26, 2018—Launching a startup, protecting cultural heritage and examining the impact of LGBTQ policies are among the topics to be explored in the latest set of University Courses, which are designed to promote new and creative trans-institutional teaching and learning and advance Vanderbilt’s mission.

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VU BreakThru: University Course goes to the state capitol

Feb. 13, 2018—Assistant Professor of Health Policy Gilbert Gonzales took several students from his University Course "The Nation’s Health: From Policy to Practice" to the state capitol late last month to watch Gov. Bill Haslam’s final State of the State Address. This VU BreakThru blog post, written by Gonzales, highlights some of the governor's remarks that are pertinent to the course. Read more about University Courses and other internal faculty funding programs—including TIPs, Discovery Grants and Research Scholar Grants—at the VU BreakThru blog.

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What’s On My Mind: Lessons of Black History Month inform our vision for the future

Feb. 8, 2018—A number of remarkable African American leaders have moved Vanderbilt forward, and it’s their legacy upon which we continue to build our beloved community. In this week’s “What’s On My Mind,” Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos discusses their potent combination of courage and determination.

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Reminder: University Courses proposals due from faculty Nov. 13

Nov. 3, 2017—Faculty proposals for the 2018 cycle of University Courses, which promote new and creative trans-institutional learning, are due Monday, Nov. 13.

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Historian + Scientist = New University Course

Oct. 11, 2017—A historian pairing with a computer scientist to teach a course on virtual reality? A new University Course, Virtual Reality for Interdisciplinary Applications, offers just that, with the overarching goal that everyone can, and should, be technically confident. Faculty-designed, cross-disciplinary curriculum is at the heart of the University Courses initiative, tapping into the natural synergies across Vanderbilt’s schools and colleges. Read more about the University Courses and other internal faculty funding programs—including TIPs, Discovery Grants, Research Scholar Grants and University Courses—at the VUBreakThru blog.

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