Postdoctoral Short-Course on College Teaching in Science and Engineering

Applications are now open for Online Postdoctoral Short Course.

Applications for the June-July 2016 online course are due April 18.

The next face-to-face course will be offered in January 2017. To be notified when applications open, please complete this form.

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 2016-2017, we will be offering the course in a face-to-face format in the winter and an online format in the summer. The online and face-to-face versions share much in common, including: 

  • Both courses are eight weeks long, and the content covered is similar. Topics include:
    1. Trends in STEM Education
    2. Course Design
    3. Science of Learning
    4. Assessment and Feedback
    5. Active and Inquiry-Based Learning
    6. Diversity in the STEM Classroom
    7. Group Work and Project Design
  • All sessions are integrated and build upon one another, leading participants to three capstone experiences:
    1. a practice teaching session,
    2. the completion of a syllabus for a course they might teach in the future, and
    3. 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.

There are also several key differences between the face-to-face and online versions, detailed in the table below. 

For questions, please e-mail psc.instructors@umich.edu

Face-to-Face Online

Dates: January 4th through February 22nd, 2017.

The face-to-face short-course consists of eight 3-hour seminars on Wednesdays, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Advanced preparation is required for each session so that time in sessions may be devoted to active learning and reflection.

Dates: June 1st through July 26th, 2016. 

All course activities will take place asynchronously online. 

Participants: University of Michigan STEM postdocs Participants: STEM postdocs from the University of Michigan and select partner institutions.

Applications:

Applications are now open

Each of the eight weekly 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. 1-2 videos introducing session topics,
  2. short readings to support the videos,
  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 videos, readings, and assignments.

 

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

  1. 2-4 videos introducing session topics,
  2. short readings to complement the videos,
  3. online discussion of session topics, 
  4. group and individual assignments that synthesize and apply the material introduced in the videos and readings, and 
  5. optional additional resources to learn more.
Expectations: 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.  Expectations: Participants will be expected to complete all eight modules in their entirety, including viewing/reading content, completing online activities and group and individual assignments.  
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