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Upcoming Searle Center Workshops and Application Deadlines

Modified: May 6, 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.

Faculty/Graduate/Postdocs Workshop: No Bells or Whistles: Engaging Students and Improving Learning in STEM

Wednesday, May 13, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Searle Center Library, Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching, 627 Dartmouth Place, Evanston

Looking for ideas on how to engage your students in STEM? Join them and hear three Northwestern faculty— Shane Larson (Physics and Astronomy), Vinzenz Unger (Molecular Biosciences), and Sadie Wignall (Molecular Biosciences) — share their insights on making the STEM classroom more engaging, and helping students learn more in the process. Bring your lunch and your questions!

Student-Faculty Roundtable: Running a Memorable Discussion Section

Monday, May 18, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Searle Center Library, Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching, 627 Dartmouth Place, Evanston

Have you found it challenging to shape a discussion section that really promotes discussion and learning? Join them at this unique roundtable session, jointly facilitated by graduate student Cheryl Berriman (Slavic Languages and Literatures) and undergraduates Kelsey O’Donnell and Rohan Prakash (both SESP), to explore the challenges of discussion sections and the practices that can make them more engaging, productive, and ultimately, memorable. Kelsey and Rohan have spent the year investigating various approaches to discussion sections at Northwestern, and will share their findings with the group. Open to faculty, graduate students, and postdocs; several undergrads will also attend.

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

The Teaching Certification Program is a year-long program that combines seminars, workshops, and discipline-specific discussions to prepare participants for college teaching. There is a focus on topics such as course design, student backgrounds, teaching methods, assessment, and evaluation, and participants apply these concepts to a course of their own and construct a teaching portfolio for use on the job market. Post-doctoral fellows and graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Deadline: Friday, May 8, 2015

The Graduate Teaching Mentors (GTM) serve as teaching assistants for the Teaching Certificate Program. Mentors oversee 2-3 discipline-specific groups of TCP participants, providing valuable feedback for their mentees and a significant professionalization opportunity for their own pedagogical development.

Deadline: Friday, May 8, 2015