Postdoctoral Teaching Training for Academic Careers

This seven-week seminar series is offered exclusively to postdoctoral scholars, on various topics in teaching and learning. These sessions cover everything from how to engage and motivate students to how to utilize technology to increase student learning. The seminar series is held during the spring semester.

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Check back soon for information regarding the spring 2019 Postdoctoral Teaching Training for Academic Careers seminar series.

Date and Location

Tuesdays, beginning March 27, 2018
4-5:50 p.m.
111 Kimball Tower
South Campus

Contact Information

Sandra Flash
409 Capen Hall
North Campus
Phone: 716-645-2939

Date Facilitator Detail
March 27, 2018 Xiufeng Liu Essential Elements of Effective University Teaching: This session will provide an overview on how college students learn and what college teachers should do to support their learning. Essential issues include engagement and motivation, learning goals and strategies, creating learner-centered environments, understanding learning processes and designing active learning tasks.
April 3, 2018 Chris Rates
Assessment: Basic Principles and Practical Techniques: In this session we will discuss what assessment is, some common misconceptions about it, when and where it should occur, some practical steps to develop effective assessment techniques and then how to utilize the results of assessment to improve teaching effectiveness. We’ll also address common questions, such as the difference between objectives and goals, and if grading and assessment are the same thing.
April 10, 2018 Cathleen Morreale The Syllabus: A Contract between Faculty and Students: A good syllabus will help your students understand what the goals and objectives of the course are, what they will do in your class to progress towards achieving those goals and the assessments used by you to evaluate their progress and to improve your own teaching effectiveness. In this seminar we will discuss how to develop good learning objectives, how to develop objectives appropriate for the level of the students and how to assess student achievement.
April 17, 2018 Roberta (Robin) Sullivan
Online Learning in the Next Generation: This session will give an orientation to online course design and instruction. We will cover topics on online course design principles, student engagement, online assessment, online discussion forum and scoring rubrics of online courses. Online learning management systems, such as Blackboard, will also be demonstrated.
April 24, 2018 Rebecca Rotundo
Teaching with Technology: Technology can help us increase teaching effectiveness and student learning. This workshop will introduce participants to a variety of digital tools to engage students in learning. Examples of digital tools are blogs and wikis, collaborative space, audio-video, social media and mobile applications.
May 1, 2018 Anne Showers
Teaching as an Inclusive Practice: Facilitating Learning for all Students: University student population is vastly diverse; it includes students from a variety of ethnicities, races, cultural origins, religious orientation, to name a few. Diversity is both a resource and goal for learning. Participants in this session will develop awareness of diversity within university classrooms, and develop basic understanding and essential skills to promote inclusion in university teaching.
May 8, 2018 Xiufeng Liu
Teaching as Scholarship: Becoming the Next Generation University Faculty: This session will introduce the notion of scholarship of teaching and learning and how it complements traditional scholarship in specific disciplines. Participants will examine latest literature on university teaching and know essential competences for university teaching. Participants will also develop a teaching philosophy (or teaching statement) that may be used for faculty position application as well as tenure and promotion reviews.

The Graduate School is pleased to provide this resource in collaboration with the Center for Educational Innovation.