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Faculty Development

The Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty offers development seminars for Vanderbilt faculty members on a variety of topics. Suggestions for future workshop topics are always welcome; click here to send us your ideas or questions. A list of past seminars can be found here. The Center for Teaching also offers a series of teaching workshops each semester.

Digital Resources for Faculty

Session Materials: VIDL Discover Archive

Presenters: Douglas H. Fisher, Director, VIDL; Clifford B. Anderson, Director of Scholarly Communications; Edward Warga, Institutional Repository Coordinator; Morgan Daniels, Postdoctoral Fellow for Data Curation; Paul Harris, Professor of Biomedical Informatics
Friday, March 20th, 3:00pm – 4:30pm; Location: 308 Rand

This session will provide an overview of online tools and resources available to assist faculty in their scholarly activities. The resources discussed will include the Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning (VIDL) and REDCap, a web application for building and managing online surveys and databases. Presenters will also give an overview of the Data Management Plan Tool (DMPTool) and Discover Archive. The DMPTool is a web resource designed to assist researchers throughout the process of writing the data management plans required by many funding agencies. DiscoverArchive collects and provides free and open access to online scholarly output and seeks to help faculty authors maximize their works’ exposure/impact, as well as assist authors in exercising rights in their work.

Managing International Projects and Collaborations

Panelists: Vanessa Beasley (Communication Studies), Jens Meiler (Chemistry), Steven Goodbred (Earth & Environmental Sciences), Xiu Cravens (Leadership, Policy & Organizations), Jane Landers, (History)
Wednesday, November 12th, 12:00pm – 1:30pm; Location: Sarratt 325/327
Audience: All Faculty in University Central

In this seminar a panel of faculty will share their experiences and insights into managing international research projects and collaborations. There will also be a brief overview of the Vanderbilt International Research Grants Program which aims to provide seed funding for selective research collaborations and exchanges with international partners.

Finding Funding with Pivot Pivot Screenshot Guide

Presenters: Clint Brown, Director, Office of Sponsored Programs; Shane Crounse, Data Intelligence Analyst, Office of Sponsored Programs; Elizabeth Rapisarda, Assistant Provost, Research and Graduate Education
Monday, October 27th, 3:00pm – 4:30pm; Location: Sarratt 220
Audience: All Faculty in University Central

This session will provide an overview of Pivot, a funding and research expertise database, which allows users to customize and automate their search for funding opportunities. Pivot also allows faculty to create a research profile and identify researcher expertise from both inside and outside the institution. The presenters will give a hands-on demonstration of Pivot during the session and will help attendees set up profiles and searches. Attendees are encouraged to bring their laptop or tablet.

Re-Thinking Mentoring: How to Build Communities of Inclusion, Support & Accountability

Presenter: Dr. Kerry Ann Rockquemore, President of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD)
Friday, October 24th, 10:00am – 11:30am; Location: Sarratt 220
Audience: Deans/Department Chairs/Program Directors (By Invitation Only)

In this workshop, Kerry Ann Rockquemore will facilitate a discussion about re-imagining how mentoring occurs on campus. She will describe the challenges all pre-tenure faculty face on the tenure-track and the unique challenges under-represented faculty experience. This provides the context for discussion about the common problems associated with traditional mentoring programs. The workshop will culminate in a description of alternative models for internal and external mentoring programs.

New Faculty Orientation Agenda

Friday, August 15th, 8:00am – 3:00pm; Location: 201 Alumni Hall
Audience: New Faculty in University Central

This orientation is designed to welcome new faculty members to Vanderbilt and to provide an overview of offices and procedures on campus. There will also be time to meet new colleagues and university administrators.

Workshop For Department Chairs Agenda

Tuesday, August 12th, 8:30am – 3:00pm; Location: 308 Rand
Audience: Department Chairs in University Central (By Invitation Only)

This workshop is designed for both new and experienced chairs and will cover topics that are relevant to the position of department chair, such as conducting a successful and inclusive faculty search, dealing with legal issues, and the chair’s role in the promotion and tenure process. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to share strategies and common concerns with their colleagues.