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Digital Commons

The Digital Commons is a faculty development initiative from the Office of the Provost located in 1101 19th Avenue South alongside the new Faculty Commons. The mission of the Digital Commons is to equip Vanderbilt faculty with the skills they need to use digital technologies in their research and teaching.

The services and resources of the Digital Commons are available to all Vanderbilt faculty, including those employed by VU and VUMC.

Upcoming Events | On-Demand Resources | Digital Labs | Event Spaces | News | Staff | Working Groups

Resources and Services for Faculty

  • Exteriors of renovated 1101 19th Ave. S
    1101 19th Avenue South, home of the Digital Commons

    Interested in seeing what digital tools your colleagues are using in their research and teaching? Ready to roll up your sleeves and learn to use a particular technology? See our Events page for upcoming workshops, panels, and more.

  • Want to access some resources right now? For videos and other resources from recent Digital Commons events covering a range of digital technologies, see our On-Demand Resources page.
  • Have a question about digital tools for research or teaching, but aren’t sure where to go to get assistance? Email and the Digital Commons team will connect you with experts around campus who can answer your questions.
  • Need access to hardware or software for digital scholarship or pedagogy and maybe some help learning to use it? The Digital Commons features two labs for faculty work, with staff nearby to assist with questions, as well as gear that can loaned out. See our Digital Labs page for details.
  • Looking for a meeting space to host a talk, conversation, or working group on digital scholarship or pedagogy? Small and large event spaces are available for reservation at 1101 19th Avenue South. See the Faculty Commons page for details.
  • The Digital Commons email newsletter is a great way to find out about workshops, panels, and other opportunities at the Digital Commons and around campus. Sign up for the newsletter here.

Recent News


Derek Bruff, Interim Director

Derek Bruff is assistant provost, executive director of the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching, and interim director of the Vanderbilt Digital Commons. As assistant provost, Bruff plans and oversees faculty development and educational initiatives for the Office of the Provost. Derek has been on staff at Vanderbilt since 2005, and obtained a PhD in mathematics at Vanderbilt prior to that. For more on Derek and his work, see his website, Agile Learning.

Derek Bruff, interim director of the Digital Commons

Cazembe Kennedy, Assistant Director

Cazembe Kennedy is the assistant director of the Digital Commons. In that position, Cazembe collaborates with staff from the Digital Commons, other areas of the University Libraries, and other campus academic technology units to provide a robust set of Digital Commons faculty development offerings. Cazembe comes to Vanderbilt from Clemson University, where he obtained a PhD in human-centered computing and served as a teaching consultant at the Clemson Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation.

Connor Gilmore, Digital Imaging Specialist

Connor Gilmore joined the Digital Commons as a Digital Imaging Specialist in Fall 2021. He runs all of the operations of the Digital Imaging Lab. Connor holds a B.A. in Art History from Stanford University. Prior to joining the CFT, Connor was a Chappell Lougee scholar for fine art at Stanford’s Art and Art History Department. He brings extensive experience of photography and imaging to the center and is excited to learn new applications for his passion.

Teresa Benedetti, Administrative Assistant

Teresa Benedetti is the Digital Commons administrative assistant, providing administrative, budget, and personnel support for the Digital Commons. Teresa welcomes visitors to 1101 19th Avenue South, schedules consultations for faculty with staff from the Digital Commons and its partners, and coordinates event space reservations, among other duties. Teresa has served in various administrative support roles at Vanderbilt for more than ten years.

Elvira Aballi Morell, HASTAC Scholar

Elvira Aballi Morell is the Digital Commons’ HASTAC Scholar. The HASTAC Scholars fellowship program is an international community of students working at the intersection of technology and the arts, humanities, and sciences. Elvira is a doctoral student in the Vanderbilt Department of Spanish and Portuguese specializing in Latin American and Caribbean literature and LatinX studies. At Vanderbilt, she has worked at the Curb Center, the Vanderbilt Libraries Special Collections and University Archives, the Slave Societies Digital Archives, and the Vanderbilt Immigration Clinic. As a HASTAC Scholar, she is exploring public humanities and digital collections and exhibits.


Campus Partners

The Digital Commons brings together multiple units that have a faculty development focus. Groups with a presence in the 1101 building include the Center for Teaching, the Vanderbilt Libraries, and the College of Arts & Science’s Center for Digital Humanities. Other campus partners include…

and more. All partners (on-site or otherwise) play a role in Digital Commons programming and services.

Contact Us

Questions, comments, or suggestions about the Digital Commons? Please take a minute to respond to our interest form or contact us using one of the means below.


Phone: 615.343.8078

Twitter: @VUDigitalCmns


PMB 0458
230 Appleton Place
Nashville TN 37203-5721