Workshops and Events

By on June 2, 2016

Workshops and Events

Spring 2017 Events

Topic: Professional Development in STEM Teaching
Join us as Racquel Douglas, Ph.D. candidate in Civil Engineering, will share her experiences from attending CIRTL Teaching Institutes at Johns Hopkins University of Colorado at Boulder. There will be 5 sessions on the following dates.

  • February 8, 2017
  • March 8, 2017
  • April 5, 2017
  • May 24, 2017
  • June 7, 2017

The workshops will be at noon on Wednesdays. The topic that will be covered at the workshops will be: (1) Active Learning; (2) Course Design; (3) Inclusive Classrooms; (4) Assessments/Evaluations; and (5) Your Teaching Legacy.


Past Events

Teaching Statements

What information should your teaching statement include to get the attention of potential employers?  Is there any information you should not include?  Dr. Laura Mydlarz, Associate Professor in Biology, will provide her insight on writing the most effective teaching statement.  Bring your current teaching statement with you to the event.


Topic:  Engaging Students Have you ever wondered how to better engage your students? Would you like to help them to conceptualize and assimilate rather than memorize information? Harvard Physics Professor Eric Mazur was asking these same questions when he started teaching in 1984. After 7 years of lecturing he found that his students finished the semester without really learning the basic concept of force, even though he was lecturing very well. This is when Dr. Mazur began to formulate the idea of Peer Instruction. 

Join us as we dive deeper into the pedagogical technique of peer instruction using CIRTL and Mazur materials as well as interactive learning-community style discussion. We aim to identify key components of the technique that you can integrate into your current teaching assignment, as well as your future career in industry or academia.


ON-TRAC Learning Community Meeting:  All About MOOCs.

Dr. Pranesh Aswath, Associate Dean in the College of Engineering will lead a discussion of MOOCs and will use examples from his recent experience with the College of Engineering’s first MOOC.  Topics include:

I) What is a MOOC?  (ii) Why take a MOOC?  (iii) Assessing learning outcomes in a MOOC; (iv) Designing and Developing the MOOC “Introduction to Engineering and Engineering Mathematics”.


Leveraging your CIRTL Network/ON-TRAC Experience in your Academic Job Search

Participation in ON-TRAC offers the opportunity to earn certification at three levels with transcript annotations that recognize accomplishments and experiences in the program. Additionally, completion of the Teaching-as-Research Project can lead to a tangible product that can be included in a professional portfolio. These recognitions use common standards across the national Center for the Integration of Teaching, Research and Learning. ON-TRAC and CIRTL also offer several opportunities for networking and engaging with others interested in the advancement of high quality teaching, to obtain feedback and guidance from peers and mentors. These relationships can extend beyond your graduation with a PhD. Preparing your credentials to emphasize these accomplishments and recognitions will strengthen your application for faculty positions, and opportunities to do so will be discussed.  Led by Dr. James Grover, Professor in the Biology Department, PI for the CIRTL Network/ON-TRAC Program, and Interim Dean in the College of Science.


Five Steps to Evolve a Lecture-Lab Course for Enhanced Learning

Dr. Kevin Schug, Associate Professor and Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry, will share his experience revising the content and format of a senior-level instrumental analysis course in chemistry to maximize student learning.  The course began as a traditional lecture coupled with a recipe-based laboratory course and now incorporates mini-lectures, discussions, and problem-based learning to better prepare students for a career in chemistry.