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.

Date and Location

Tuesdays, beginning March 26, 2019
4-6 p.m.
208 Diefendorf Hall
South Campus

Contact Information

Monica Carter
401 Capen Hall
North Campus
Phone: 716-645-2366

Date Facilitator Detail
March 26, 2019 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 2, 2019 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 9, 2019 Rebecca Rotundo Active Learning: This introductory workshop will give an overview of active learning and discuss barriers to adoption. Participants will learn the definition of active learning and the rationale for incorporation of active learning activities into instruction.
April 16, 2019 Jacqueline Conroy
Teaching to a Diverse Community: The UB community prides itself in how diverse and inclusive it is. This workshop is designed to discuss different topics of diversity and how diversity is reflected among our students. Definitions of diversity, barriers to success, teaching to a diverse population, and creating an inclusive environment will be included in this conversation. As diversity itself is a broad topic, this workshop is designed to provide a good foundation for understanding diversity and how diversity effects every aspect of our learning and teaching processes.
April 23, 2019 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 30, 2019 Roberta (Robin) Sullivan
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 7, 2019 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.