Postdoctoral Short Course on College Teaching in Science and Engineering

Applications are now closed.

The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching and Rackham Graduate School seek applicants 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 disciplines in the sciences and engineering to teach effectively as future faculty members. 

In 2019, we will be offering the course in a hybrid format. Five of the nine sessions will be conducted face-to-face, while all course activity for the other four sessions will be conducted online. There will be a one-week break during UM's spring break.

  • Topics include: 
    • Science of Learning
    • Course Design
    • Inclusive Teaching in the STEM Classroom
    • Active Learning and Group Work
  • All sessions are integrated and build upon one another, leading participants to three capstone experiences:
    • a practice teaching session,
    • the completion of a syllabus for a course they might teach in the future, and
    • a statement of teaching philosophy.
  • Course activites are expected to take 5-6 hours/week.
  • Participants who successfully complete all course requirements will receive a certificate of completion.
  • To be eligible, an applicant's faculty supervisor MUST e-mail psc.instructors@umich.edu by the application deadline, verifying their support for the applicant's full participation in the program.

The course requires no tuition or payment from participants or their advisors. For questions, please e-mail psc.instructors@umich.edu.

Details

Dates

January 30th through April 3rd, 2019. The face-to-face sessions of the hybrid short course consist of five 3-hour seminars on Wednesdays, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (January 30, February 13, February 27, March 20, and April 3). Advanced preparation is required for each session so that time in sessions may be devoted to active learning and reflection. The online sessions of the hybrid short course consist of four online modules that must be completed within a one-week span of time. There will be a one-week break of the course during UM's spring break.

Participants

University of Michigan STEM postdocs

Applications

Applications are now closed.

Format

Each of the five face-to-face sessions will follow a similar format, emphasizing advanced preparation so that time in sessions may be devoted to active learning and reflection. Each session will include:

  • 1-2 videos introducing session topics,
  • short readings to support the videos,
  • preparatory assignments that will be used during that day’s session, and
  • “hands on” activities during the session that synthesize and apply the material introduced in the videos, readings, and assignments.

Each of the four weekly online modules will follow a similar format, including both individual and team assignments. Each weekly module will feature: 

  • 2-4 videos introducing session topics,
  • short readings to complement the videos,
  • online discussion of session topics, 
  • group and individual assignments that synthesize and apply the material introduced in the videos and readings, and 
  • optional additional resources to learn more.

Expectations

Participants will be expected to attend all five face-to-face sessions in their entirety, watch the pre-recorded lectures/video clips, and complete the preparatory readings 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.

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