Derek Bruff


Derek Bruff is assistant provost and executive director of the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching, as well as interim director of the Vanderbilt Digital Commons and a principal senior lecturer in the Vanderbilt Department of Mathematics.

As assistant provost, Bruff plans and oversees faculty development and educational initiatives for the Office of the Provost. At the Center for Teaching, he directs programming for faculty and other instructors, helping them develop foundational teaching skills and explore new ideas in teaching. At the Digital Commons, he oversees programming to help faculty develop the digital technology skills they need for research and teaching.

Bruff is the author of Intentional Tech: Principles to Guide the Use of Educational Technology in College Teaching (West Virginia University Press, 2019) and Teaching with Classroom Response Systems: Creating Active Learning Environments (Jossey-Bass, 2009). His scholarly interests include educational technology and faculty development, and he writes about these and other topics on his blog, Agile Learning. Bruff is also producer and host of the podcasts Leading LinesVandyVox, and One-Time Pod.

Bruff has a PhD in mathematics from Vanderbilt University. He has taught undergraduate and graduate mathematics courses at Vanderbilt and Harvard University.

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