Science teaching, science learning

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Cynthia Brame is assistant director of Vanderbilt University’s Center for Teaching. At the Center for Teaching, she has developed the BOLD Fellows program, in which graduate student/faculty teams develop online learning materials in response to a teaching and learning “problem” and gather data on their impact. She also leads the Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows program, which is designed to help junior faculty members gain an understanding of principles of learning to inform teaching, stock their teaching tool kits with new skills/approaches, develop a framework for course design, and build a teaching community. In addition, she consults with faculty members on teaching-related issues ranging from curriculum development to peer review of teaching to classroom approaches.

Cynthia is also a senior lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences, where she co-teaches Biochemistry with Brandt Eichman and Lauren Parker Jackson, and where she has previously taught Biology of Cancer.

Before moving to Vanderbilt, Cynthia was Associate Professor and Chair of Biology at Centenary College of Louisiana, where she taught classes ranging from genetics to cell biology to cancer biology and led a group of undergraduate researchers in investigations of conserved features of CK1 protein kinases. She was also heavily involved in shared faculty governance, particularly regarding curriculum development and review.

Cynthia’s research interests include online educational approaches, incorporating research experiences into credit-bearing classes, and adapting findings from cognitive science research for undergraduate STEM courses.