Postdoctoral Short Course on College Teaching in Science and Engineering

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Postdoctoral Short-Course on College Teaching in Science and Engineering

Online Postdoctoral Short Course for U-M STEM Postdocs:

February 1 - April 5, 2021

Please see below for exact dates/times


Applications for 2021 are now closed.

If you are interested in participating in Winter of 2022, you can sign up for notifications here. 


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 an online format over the course of ten weeks. In addition to the asynchronous course delivery via Canvas, there will be 6 synchronous meetings (See Online Course Format below). Course activities are expected to take 6-8 hours/week. 

Course Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Apply principles of course design to a specific course you could teach in the future
  • Develop a toolkit of practices that you can employ to build research-based, inclusive learning spaces in STEM classrooms
  • Engage in reflective practice on STEM teaching and learning and explain your teaching approach to colleagues and future employers

Course Expectations and Certificate of Completion

  • Participants will be expected to attend and engage in all synchronous sessions in their entirety. 
  • Participants will also be expected to engage in all online content and activities, including viewing/reading content, and completing 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

Online Course Format

This course is designed to be a fully remote format consisting of asynchronous work via Canvas and synchronous components via Zoom. Canvas assignments will be due weekly. Synchronous components via Zoom occur on the following dates/times: 

  • February 1, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • February 15, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
  • March 1, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • March 15, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • March 29, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • April 5, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 

We understand that the pandemic has made managing the demands of both family care and work especially challenging. That may mean needing to step away from a Zoom session or having children appear on camera. We want to reassure you that we understand that this is part of work-life during this time and should not be a barrier to your participation in the Postdoctoral Short Course.

Course Highlights

Participants will have the opportunity to engage with a number of evidence-based topics in higher education, including:
  • Science of Learning
  • Backward 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