The 2013-2014 VIDL Graduate Fellows are:
- Bradley J. Daugherty: Brad is a Ph.D. candidate studying religion with a focus on the thought and practice of early Christians, particularly the Christians of Roman North Africa. His current research explores the diversity of understandings of clerical office among western Christians in the fourth and fifth centuries. A former Lilly Faculty Fellow in Theological Education, Brad is interested in the opportunities and challenges that online and digital learning present for theological education and for the study of religion more broadly. He is also interested in the use of digital technologies in classroom teaching - both in expanding his own repertoire of teaching tools and in exploring strategies for introducing colleagues to the use of digital technology in teaching. Brad is also a 2013-2014 HASTAC scholar, a community of students working at the intersection of technology and the arts, humanities and science.
- Amanda Doody: Amanda is a Ph.D. candidate studying organic chemistry under the mentorship of Dr. Jeffrey N. Johnston. Her studies focus on the use of new reaction methodologies for the total synthesis of natural products and natural product analogs of biological importance and interesting structure. Amanda is interested in the creation and application of computer adaptive modules for skill development in the physical and natural sciences, particularly Organic Chemistry, which is a course that reaches students of many different majors within the School of Arts & Sciences and School of Engineering. Through the use of computer adaptive modules and digital technology, she hopes to create a personalized learning environment for both traditional and digital classrooms.
- Laura Hieber, Laura is a first year Ph.D. candidate in the Clinical Psychology department under mentorship of Dr. Sohee Park. Her research focuses on severe mental illness, particularly psychosis, and the cognitive and social processes implicated by the disorder. She hopes to use digital technology to address mental health needs on campus in designing a potential widespread virtual intervention methods and training programs for stress reduction and improve well-being among students at Vanderbilt. Additionally she is interested in utilizing innovative techniques such as web apps to probe their experiences more deeply and individually to better understand the underlying issues that would be addressed most beneficially.
Please see the Graduate Fellows Program page for information on how to apply.