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Upcoming Searle Center Workshops and Application Deadlines

Modified: March 4, 2015

The Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching is offering the following workshop open to all graduate students and postdocs. Space is limited; registration is required.

Larva, Chrysalis, Butterfly: Designing and Implementing Rubrics

Wednesday, March 18, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Searle Center Library, Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching, 627 Dartmouth Place

Concrete expectations for complex tasks, feedback focused on process and student growth, efficient and robust evaluation tools: a good rubric can make you run faster, jump higher, and assess with the best. This workshop will focus on the elements of rubric design and implementation—from analyzing assessment tasks, to selecting appropriate rubric structures, to drafting and adapting feedback instruments. Their goal is twofold: to introduce participants to key concepts and best practices in rubric development, and to facilitate the process of rubric formation. Participants should come with a specific learning objective and/or assessment task to focus on, and should be prepared to draft a rubric for it over the course of the workshop. Batteries not included.

Workshop Facilitator:
David Molina is a doctoral candidate in the Rhetoric and Public Culture Program, and a graduate assistant at the Searle Center. His work focuses on coalition discourse in the sixties and seventies, particularly in Chicago.


Applications are now open for the following programs at the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching:

NTAC Workshop Leader

Outstanding TAs in the second year of their program or beyond have the opportunity to develop and lead workshops for fellow graduate students at the New TA Conference (NTAC) on September 17, 2015. Selected Workshop Leaders attend four pedagogical training sessions (June 23 & 25 and August 25 & 27) and work to develop two interactive workshops: one for new TAs in their discipline and another team-taught workshop focused on a cross-disciplinary topic.

For more information or to apply, please visit www.northwestern.edu/searle/programs-events/grad/ntac-workshop-leader.html

Deadline: Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Graduate Teaching Fellows (GTF) are a select group of advanced graduate students with a demonstrated commitment to student learning in their discipline. The GTF program allows candidates to develop their teaching and professional skills while contributing to the pedagogical development of other graduate students. Fellows are expected to design and execute a discipline-specific project that contributes to the pedagogical development of graduate students in their department, develop and facilitate one or more Searle Graduate Workshops on teaching and learning in the winter or spring quarter, lead one or more workshops at the New TA Conference, attend monthly meetings to provide peer review on projects and workshops, and conduct teaching observations of graduate students for the Searle Center. Fellows are appointed for a full academic year, with the possibility of reappointment for a second year. The fellowship carries a $3,000 stipend.

For more information or to apply, please visit www.northwestern.edu/searle/programs-events/grad/graduate-teaching-fellows/index.html

Deadline: Wednesday, March 25, 2015