University Courses

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    University Courses proposals due Nov. 22

    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. Read More

    Oct. 9, 2019

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

    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. Read More

    Sep. 6, 2019

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

    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. Read More

    Sep. 6, 2019

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

    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. Read More

    Nov. 9, 2018

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    University Courses proposals due Nov. 12

    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. Read More

    Sep. 23, 2018

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

    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. Read More

    Apr. 18, 2018

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    VUBreakThru: Learning to view history through a critical lens

    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. Read More

    Mar. 28, 2018

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    Five new interdisciplinary University Courses approved for 2018-19

    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. Read More

    Mar. 26, 2018

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    VU BreakThru: University Course goes to the state capitol

    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. Read More

    Feb. 13, 2018

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

    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. Read More

    Feb. 8, 2018

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    Reminder: University Courses proposals due from faculty Nov. 13

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

    Nov. 3, 2017

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    Historian + Scientist = New University Course

    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. Read More

    Oct. 11, 2017

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    Provost issues call for proposals for TIPs, University Courses

    The provost's office is issuing a call for proposals for two internal faculty funding programs, Trans-Institutional Programs and University Courses, key initiatives of the Academic Strategic Plan. Read More

    Sep. 22, 2017

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    Academic Strategic Plan continues to blaze path for university’s future course

    Entering its fourth year, Vanderbilt University’s Academic Strategic Plan still charts the course for the university’s efforts as it moves forward to address the complex problems facing society. Read More

    Aug. 23, 2017

  • Prominent historian Dr. Bobby Lovett captivated students in the Historic Black Nashville University Course with stories of Fort Negley's role in the Civil War. (Vanderbilt University)

    University Courses program wraps up successful first year

    Students participating in the first University Courses gave the initiative high marks, noting that the cross-campus curriculum created unique opportunities for students to tackle important subjects. Read More

    May. 1, 2017

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    Panelists explore uncertain future of health care reform

    With lawmakers in the nation’s capital having reached a political impasse over replacement of the Affordable Care Act, it’s unclear just where health care policy may be going. The challenges of dealing with this uncertainty were the subject of Monday’s panel discussion at Vanderbilt featuring state and hospital industry officials. Read More

    Apr. 6, 2017

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    Faculty invited to learn about University Courses March 30

    The Office of the Provost will host the University Courses Workshop Luncheon on Thursday, March 30. All interested faculty are invited to attend. Read More

    Mar. 22, 2017

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    Panel discussion on health care reform set for April 3

    “Perspectives on Health Care Reform: From Obamacare to the American Health Care Act” is open to Vanderbilt faculty, staff and students. Read More

    Mar. 20, 2017

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    Heavy Mettle: Editor’s Letter, Winter 2017

    Our fair institution has always prided itself on academic rigor, deservedly so. And while the battle wounds inflicted on me by a well-armed set of microeconomic curves 20 years ago haven’t fully healed, more and more I appreciate the demands that were placed on us at Vanderbilt. Read More

    Mar. 7, 2017

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    Living History: Students Trace Nashville’s Black History as Part of a New Series of University Courses

    Thirteen students met during the fall semester for a class called Historic Black Nashville. Taught by Jane Landers and Daniel Sharfstein, the course is part of a new initiative known as the University Courses program, a collaborative model that brings together faculty from different parts of the university to teach students from a variety of majors. Read More

    Mar. 7, 2017