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Workshops and Trainings


Throughout the year, the Office of Faculty Affairs offers faculty workshops and programming. If you have questions, comments, or recommendations for topics, please contact the Office of Faculty Affairs at

Current Offerings

October 13, 2020, 12:00pm – 1:00pm CDT

Academic Leadership: A Conversation with Chancellor Diermeier

Kickoff to the Academic Leadership Development series through the Office of Faculty Affairs.

Please join Chancellor Diermeier as he discusses his thoughts on leading at Vanderbilt and his scholarship on how organizations and leaders can respond in times of challenge and change.

By invitation only.

October 15, 2020, 1:00pm – 3:00pm CDT, Zoom

Mental Health Awareness and Prevention of Suicide (MAPS) Training for Faculty

The Center for Student Wellbeing and the University Counseling Center are offering virtual MAPS (Mental health Awareness and Prevention of Suicide) training to interested faculty. In this training, faculty will have the opportunity to learn suicide statistics, warning signs and risk factors, and suicide myths. Faculty will also receive training on how they can help, including providing referrals to campus and community resources. Throughout the training, faculty will get to participate in experiential exercises designed to increase their understanding of individuals in crisis. Such experience will assist them in identifying students in need, as well as provide tools for engaging a student who may be depressed, angry, hopeless, or withdrawn. To increase their comfort in a potential crisis situation, they will have the opportunity to practice their newly acquired skills in a role-play facilitated by their UCC and CSW trainers.


Ciera Scott, Assistant Director for Community Engagement University Counseling Center

Samantha York, Academic Skills Coach, Center for Student Wellbeing

There are only 20 available slots for this training. There will be a waitlist.

Register for this event here.

October 19, 2020, 9:00am – 10:30am CDT, Zoom

Finance Fundamentals: Organization, Structure, Process and the Numbers

The Finance Fundamental series for faculty continues. The goal of this session is to provide faculty, particularly those who receive external grant funding, with finance and administrative tools for success. Topics include a) who’s who within Finance; b) signatory authority and hiring of independent contractors; c) expense reports, purchase requisitions, and other day-to-day transactions; d) overview of CORES, and e) detailed discussion on grants.


Kurt Shepherd, Senior Finance Director, Office of the Provost

Dalana Robertson, Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance and Controller

Bryan Ratliff, Associate Dean for Finance and Administration, Peabody College

Cathy Snyder, Director of Contract and Grant Accounting (Cost Activities), Division of Administration

Michelle Vazin, Director of Contract and Grant Accounting (Grants Management), Division of Administration

Register for this event here.




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