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Winter Quarter Professional Development Opportunities from the Searle Center

Created: January 14, 2019

The Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching is offering a variety of workshops designed to help graduate and postdoctoral students improve upon their teaching skills. 


Writing Effective Teaching Statements: Getting Started
Wednesday, January 23, 10:00 AM -12:00 PM

TGS Commons
2122 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60201

Beginning to draft a Teaching Statement can be a challenging process, particularly for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who may have limited teaching experience. In this workshop, participants will learn about the characteristics of successful teaching statements and engage in the Generative Knowledge Interview process, which uses key moments as learners and teachers to help frame the value of teaching in their teaching statements. Participants will leave the workshop with a deeper understanding of the conventions of strong teaching statements and generated content for a teaching statement draft.

The workshop is open to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from all departments and disciplines, at all stages of drafting their teaching statements.

This is a highly interactive workshop. Writing and discussing with peers is expected of all participants.

Registration is free but required.


Inclusive Teaching Strategies: From Design to Assessment
Tuesday, February 12, 1:00 - 2:30 PM

Searle Center Library
627 Dartmouth Place 
Evanston, IL 60208

Inclusive teaching receives a lot of attention and instructors are increasingly expected to deal with diversity in all its forms - student background, content knowledge, learning style and more. In this workshop, we will focus on the different components of inclusive teaching, from course design through implementation, with a particular focus on assessments that both meet course learning objectives and ensure students can demonstrate learning.

Workshop Facilitators: Sasha Klyachkina (Political Science) and Shaunna McLeod (Chemistry)

Registration is free but required.


Writing Effective Teaching Statements: Peer Review
Wednesday, February 27, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

TGS Commons
2122 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60201

Teaching statements are an important component of many academic job applications, but they can be challenging to write. Receiving feedback from peers can provide you with recommendations on how to clarify and improve your main claims about your teaching. Allowing others to read your writing can also give you critical insight into how your target audience may understand and interpret your claims, which can help further refine your teaching statement. In this workshop, participants will bring their teaching statement drafts and engage in guided peer feedback. This workshop is open to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from all departments and disciplines who have a draft of their teaching statement.

Please bring three hard copies of your teaching statement draft to the workshop.

Workshop Facilitators:  Lauren Woods (Assistant Director, CIRTL at Northwestern) and Kate Flom Derrick (Senior Program Coordinator, Graduate and Postdoctoral Learning)

Registration is free but required.


Using Rubrics in the Classroom - RESCHEDULED
Thursday, February 28, 12:00 - 1:30 PM

Searle Center Library
627 Dartmouth Place 
Evanston, IL 60208

Does grading papers take forever? Do you have carpal tunnel syndrome from writing the same feedback on all of your students' assignments? Are your students still confused about what a lab report should look like? In all these cases, rubrics can help! This workshop will explain the benefits and principles of rubric use and walk you through the process of creating rubrics for your own classroom.

Workshop Facilitators: Anne Boemler (Department of English) and Dana Westmoreland (Chemistry)

Registration is free but required.

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