Five faculty named VU Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows

Headshot of Janelle DelleFive faculty members from the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing have been named to the Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows program in the Center for Teaching, part of the Office of Faculty Affairs in the Office of the Provost.

VUSN Assistant Professors Janelle Delle, DNP’16, Melinda (Mindy) Johnson, DNP’18, MSN’16, Colleen Moss, DNP, MSN’01, BS’00, and Julia Steed, PhD’18, MSN’10, and Instructor Hannah Kestner, DNP’16, MSN’14, are part of a 2021-22 cohort that includes faculty from  the College of Arts and Science, Peabody College and the schools of Engineering and  Medicine.

Headshot of Mindy Johnson“The Office of the Provost is delighted to recognize and welcome these new fellows to the program,” said Tracey George, vice provost for faculty affairs. “The Center for Teaching has created an enriching and rewarding experience not only for the faculty who participate, but also
for their students and colleagues.”

Fellows engage in a structured set of professional development activities—including a seminar on teaching and learning, individual consultations, teaching visits and dinner discussions—designed to help them refine their teaching skills and learn to teach more efficiently.Headshot of Colleen MossFellows participate in these activities with past Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows, senior faculty mentors and CFT senior staff. In addition, fellows receive $2,000 each in research funds to be used to enhance their teaching.

More than 100 Vanderbilt faculty members from six colleges and schools have participated in the Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows program since its launch in 2010.

Headshot of Julia SteedThe program is open to full-time, provost-reporting junior faculty who have been at Vanderbilt between one and six years. Fellows are selected based on identification of clear and achievable goals for program participation and for use of research funds; potential impact at Vanderbilt; support from their chair; and readiness to learn in the program.

“Many junior faculty find teaching to be the most challenging and time-consuming part of their jobs,” said Derek Bruff, assistant provost and executive director of the Center for Teaching. “We’re glad to play a role in helping our junior faculty colleagues become more effective and more efficient teachers.”

Headshot of Hannah KestnerThe School of Nursing supports additional faculty fellowships every other year, including in 2021-22. Other schools occasionally support larger cohorts of faculty in response to particularly strong applicant pools. In 2021-22, this is the case for the College of Arts and Science, which is supporting four additional faculty fellowships.

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Janelle Delle
Mindy Johnson
Colleen Moss
Julia Steed
Hannah Kestner