Postdoctoral Short-Course on College Teaching in Science and Engineering

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 thirty-two advanced Postdoctoral Scholars from a variety of disciplines in the Sciences and Engineering to teach effectively as future faculty members. 

In 2015-2016, we will be offering the course in an online format in the fall, and in a face-to-face format in the winter.

  • The eight-week online short-course run from October 12th through December 8th, 2015. All course activities will take place asynchronously online. The online course will include postdocs from U-M and other research univisities. 
  • The eight-week face-to-face short-course will meet on Mondays, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, from January 11th through February 29th, 2016. (this includes a meeting on Matrin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 18th, 2016). See below for a detailed description of the face-to-face course format.
Applications for the fall online course will open in mid-July. 

NOTE: To be eligible, an applicant's faculty supervisor MUST e-mail by the application deadline, verifying his/her support for the applicant's full participation in the program.

Applicants will be notified of selection decisions for the Fall 2015 online course in September, 2015.

For questions, please e-mail

Face-to-Face Course Format

The face-to-face short-course consists of eight 3-hour seminars. Each of the eight seminars 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. a video podcast introducing session topics,
  2. short readings to support the podcast,
  3. preparatory assignments that will be used during that day’s session, and
  4. “hands on” activities during the session that synthesize and apply the material introduced in the podcasts, readings, and assignments.

Participants will be expected to attend all eight sessions in their entirety, watch the pre-recorded lectures/video clips, and complete the preparatory readings and assignments before each session. 

All sessions are integrated and build upon one another, leading participants to four capstone experiences:

  1. a 15-minute practice teaching session which includes active learning,
  2. the completion of a syllabus for a course they might teach in the future, 
  3. the completion of a lesson plan for an inquiry-based class, and 
  4. a statement of teaching philosophy.

Participants who successfully complete all course requirements will receive a certificate of completion.