Postdoctoral Short Course on College Teaching in Science and Engineering

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Postdoctoral Short-Course on College Teaching in Science and Engineering

Next Postdoctoral Short Course for U-M STEM Postdocs:

January 27th - March 23rd, 2020

Please see below for exact dates/times

Face-to-face sessions will be held in Palmer Commons
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The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching and Rackham Graduate School is seeking University of Michigan STEM postdocs to apply for the Postdoctoral Short Course on College Teaching in Science and Engineering. The purpose of this short course is to prepare a select group of advanced postdoctoral scholars from a variety of STEM disciplines to teach effectively as future faculty members. The course will be offered in a hybrid format over the course of nine weeks. Five of the nine sessions will be conducted face-to-face, and the other four sessions will be conducted online (See Hybrid Course Format below). Course activities are expected to take 5-6 hours/week. 

Course Objectives

  • Design a syllabus for a specific course you could teach at U-M or another institution utilizing principles of backward design and universal design.
  • Develop a toolkit of pedagogical practices that you can employ to build research-based, inclusive learning spaces in STEM classrooms.
  • Create a statement of teaching philosophy based on evidence-based principles and structured conversations/reflections on inclusive and effective teaching practices and experiences.

Course Expectations and Certificate of Completion

  • Participants will be expected to attend all five face-to-face sessions in their entirety and complete the preparatory readings, recordings/videos, and assignments before each session.
  • Participants will also be expected to complete all four online modules in their entirety, including viewing/reading content, completing online activities and group and individual assignments.
  • Participants who successfully complete all course requirements will receive a certificate of completion.

Course Eligibility

  • This course is open to current University of Michigan STEM postdocs.
  • The course requires no tuition or payment from participants or their advisors. 
  • To be eligible, an applicant's faculty supervisor MUST verify their support for the applicant's full participation in the program by responding to the email sent by after submission of the application.
  • For questions, please e-mail

Hybrid Course Format

Face-To Face Sessions (five weeks): 
  • Dates: January 27, February 10, February 24, March 9, and March 23
  • Time: Mondays: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m
  • Location: Great Lakes North, Palmer Commons (* other room locations will be utilized throughout the course)
  • The face-to-face sessions will utilize a flipped-teaching approach; participants will engage in pre-class content delivered through Canvas prior to each session so that time in sessions may be devoted to hands-on activities, active learning, group work, and reflection. 
Online Sessions (four weeks): 
  • Dates: January 27 February 2; February 10 February 16; February 24 March 1; March 9 March 15
  • The online sessions of the hybrid short course consist of four online modules that must be completed within a one-week span of time 

Course Highlights

Participants will have the opportunity to engage with a number of evidence-based topics in higher education, including:
  • Science of Learning
  • Course Design
  • Inclusive Teaching in the STEM Classroom
  • Active Learning and Group Work
Participants will have the opportunity to apply what they learn through a series of scaffolded assignments that will prepare them for the following capstone experiences: 
  • A practice teaching session
  • A syllabus
  • A statement of teaching philosophy

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