Postdoctoral Teaching Training for Academic Careers

This seven-week seminar series is held during the spring semester and 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.

Attending all seven sessions fulfills the "teaching seminars" requirement for the UB CIRTL Associate Level Certification.

Due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the spring 2020 seminar series was cancelled. We encourage you to participate in the CIRTL National Network offerings. Contact us if you have questions regarding which workshops to enroll in. We are also available to answer questions during virtual learning community meetings.

Prior Seminar Topics

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.

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.

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.

Teaching to a Diverse Community: The UB community prides itself in how diverse and inclusive it is. This workshop will examine how diversity is reflected among our students and how to practice Inclusive Teaching. 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.

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.

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.

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.