Announcement - Applications Now Open!
2017 UCLA Mobile Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching
July 24-28, 2017 | University of California, Los Angeles

The Summer Institute (SI) is a prestigious teaching development program that aims to improve college education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and to enhance the academic success of all students by helping current and future faculty develop and adopt inclusive and effective teaching practices.

We invite faculty and instructors to participate in UCLA's inaugural SI, which will draw on the expertise of both presenters and participants. Relevant education research, active learning, assessment, and inclusive teaching are woven into the program. The SI creates a forum to share ideas and develop innovative instructional materials to be implemented in your classroom.

Sign Up! Grad Students and Postdocs - Entering Mentoring Training (EMT) Program
Thursdays, June 29 - August 31, 2017 | 9:00 - 10:30am

The EMT program seeks to develop a mentoring ethos by providing leadership, mentorship and diversity sensitivity training to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. EMT is associated with UCLA's Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) program, which offers teaching development support for future faculty. Although EMT is not for course credit, those who complete the training program will receive a certificate of completion for engaging in the CIRTL@UCLA professional learning community. 

RSVP to attend by May 22nd at

- For more information about the EMT program, see the website:
For questions please contact Rachel Kennison ( ) or Diana Azurdia ( .
- To register for CIRTL, please go to

[Resource] Science in the Classroom

An expanding collection of specially selected research articles from the Science family of journals; these articles have been carefully annotated for teaching.

Visit the site at:
Journal Club
CEILS Journal Club for STEM Education Research |
Learning Community Meetings 

Fridays from 2:00 – 3:00 PM   Location:  1100 TSLB 

Upcoming Journal Club Presenters (topics TBA in next Newsletter):
  • April 21 | Erin Sanders, CEILS Director will present a study entitled, "Norm-referenced grading practices widen the achievement gap for college students underrepresented in STEM" . View the abstract.
  • April 28 | Liz Roth-Johnson, Niko Walas, Monique Gandawidjaja, LS Core
  • May 5 | Visiting Scientific Teaching Scholar: Justin Shaffer, University of California, Irvine, will present "Teaching With High Structure: What, Why, and Why Not?" View the abstract.
    *Happy hour to follow the seminar at the Luskin from 4-6p.
  • May 12 | Nadia Sellami, URC-Sciences
  • May 19 | Gaston Pfluegl, LS Core
  • June 9 | Bill Grisham, Psychology
    *Happy hour to follow the last journal club from 4-6pm (location TBA).

Journal club will resume in the Fall quarter! Please email CEILS Director Erin Sanders ( if you are interested in presenting your work in classroom innovation or a scholarly paper to the group next quarter.

About Journal Club: Participants explore relevant education literature in more depth and develop greater understanding of assessment techniques and data analysis methods. Presenters may select a paper and lead a discussion about how education researchers have documented the relationship between effective teaching practices and their impact on student learning, knowledge retention, and persistence in STEM majors. Alternatively, presenters describe classroom innovations and evidence-based instructional strategies they are trying in their own courses, soliciting feedback from participants while sharing their expertise in a variety of areas supporting instruction and assessment in STEM classrooms. Faculty, graduate students, and postdocs are welcome to participate!

Upcoming Events 
Now is the Time to Teach Personal Genetics
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | 12:00p - 1:00p PT
Learn more and register online.

Beyond the "A" Word: Assessment that Empowers Faculty to Take Risks with Pedagogical Innovation
Monday, April 17, 2017 | 11:00a - 12:00p PT
Cost: Free for AAC&U Members; $100 for non-members
Learn more and register online .

On-Campus Workshops:
Reacting to the Past Workshop at UCLA
Friday, April 21, 2017 | 11a - 2p
10383 Bunche Hall

Please join us for a workshop to learn more about Reacting to the Past (RTTP) and how it has transformed the classroom experience! RTTP consists of elaborate games, set in the past, in which students are assigned roles informed by texts in the history of ideas. The activity seeks to draw students into the past, promote engagement with big ideas, and improve intellectual and academic skills.

The workshop is free and open to the LA-area academic community by email registration. Please view the event flyer for more information: RTTP at UCLA 2017

On-Campus Seminars:
Professor Melanie M. Cooper
Department of Chemistry
Michigan State University

"Evidence-Based Approaches to Curriculum Reform and Assessment"

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 at 4:00p
2033 Young Hall

Please view the following flyer for a description of the event.
May 31 - June 3 , 2017 , Loyola University Chicago

Teaching as Research: Train the Trainer Workshop and National Conference
June 4-6, 2017 | Ithaca, NY

Transforming Research in Undergraduate STEM Education (TRUSE) Conference
July 5-9, 2017 | University of St. Thomas, Minnesota

This conference will bring together researchers in undergraduate STEM education to transform and integrate research across disciplines. View the website for more information.

Join the STEM DBER Alliance!
Building a cross-disciplinary STEM DBER community that will advance and disseminate knowledge and theory that promote learning and success for all students across STEM fields. For more information on the Alliance and how to join, please see the following flyer.

Making Meaning through Modeling: Problem Solving in Biology
July 23-28 ,2017 | Michigan State University
Application Deadline: April 17th

At this summer workshop participants will explore how to engage students more productively with models and the process of modeling. 

The summer workshop is appropriate for faculty teaching all levels of undergraduate biology, quantitative biology, and life science-oriented mathematics, including advanced high school and AP Biology.  Discussion topics range from effective pedagogical approaches, to sharing excellent resources, and building community around effective use of models. 

To learn more about the event and how to register, please see the website here:

2017 Fall Conference on Case Study Teaching in Science
September 16-17, 2017 | Buffalo, NY

The conference offers sessions for both the beginner and advanced case study teacher and is formatted for college and high school teachers. Workshop sessions will cover teaching with “flipped” case studies, combining team-based learning and case studies, using cases across multiple classes, personalizing the curriculum, and more.


The Distracted Classroom Chronicle of Higher Education

Finding creative ways to  combat distraction that students face  from their phones goes further than providing active learning activities. One professor offers insight into the cognitive processes of goal setting and distraction.

Rethinking My Exams | Chronicle Vitae

Reassessing your goals for an exam can help professors reexamine and redesign assessments in the classroom.

Transforming Our Libraries from Analog to Digital | Educause Review

The dream: By 2020, we can build a collaborative digital library collection and circulation system in which thousands of libraries unlock their analog collections for a new generation of learners, enabling free, long-term, public access to knowledge.

"Learning Styles" is a Myth | The Guardian

The common belief that teachers should teach according to a student's  individual learning style  has been shown to be ineffective, costly, and may encourage a lack of adaptability in students.
Professional Development
Postdoctoral Scholars & Graduate Students
CIRTL Reads Journal Club:

CIRTL Reads is a monthly online journal club co-hosted by the University of Colorado Boulder that expands Network participants’ understanding of STEM teaching and learning by discussing recent articles in pedagogy and current trends within STEM.

Call for Applications!

UCLA Postdocs Longitudinal Investment in Faculty Training (UPLIFT)

The UPLIFT Program at UCLA supports postdoctoral scholars in the biological sciences who have a demonstrated interest in teaching, research, and supporting diversity in the STEM fields. UPLIFT combines a traditional mentored postdoctoral research experience with an opportunity to develop academic skills, including teaching and mentoring undergraduate STEM students, through workshops, courses, and a faculty mentored mentored teaching practicum at our partner institution Cal State University Los Angeles.

The program is funded by an IRACDA grant awarded to UCLA from the NIH. UPLIFT is expected to facilitate the progress of postdoctoral candidates toward research and teaching careers in academia. Other goals are to provide a resource to motivate the next generation of scientists at our partner institution and to promote collaborations in research and teaching between faculty at UCLA and CSULA. 

For more program information, and how to apply for an UPLIFT fellowship, please visit the CEILS website at the following link:

On-Campus Events:

Announcing the 2017 UCLA Grad Slam Competition!

April 11-25, 2017

Grad Slam is a campus-wide competition that showcases and awards the best 3-minute research presentations by graduate students. The competition not only helps foster the important career development skill of articulating graduate research in an understandable and engaging way to those inside and outside the academic community, but it also highlights the excellence, importance and relevance of UCLA graduate students and their research.

To learn more about Grand Slam, see the event website here .

UCLA Career Development Conference for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars
Thursday, May 4, 2017 | 9:30a - 6:00p
Ackerman Grand Ballroom

View the conference schedule and register for the event at:

Opportunities for Funding & Collaboration
James S. McDonnell Foundation - Teachers as Learners

The James S. McDonnell Foundation announces a new funding opportunity in 2017 that will fund education research on the science of teaching and expand our understanding of teachers as learners and as agents of change in education.

The goal of the  Teachers as Learners  program is to address contemporary challenges to research-based educational reform built on a scientific understanding of how teachers acquire and use knowledge, new curricula, and new approaches in their professional practice. The inaugural call for pre-proposals is focused on supporting team based research addressing the topic  teachers learning to facilitate communication in the classroom  (e.g., eliciting student explanations, guiding collaborative discussions, making effective use of questions).
More information about the program and application guidelines can be found on the Teachers as Learners web page:  .  
Teams interested in participating should submit a pre-proposal using the online application form by Wednesday, April 26, 2017 15:59 CDT.

Scholarship Opportunities to the 2017 Fall Conference on Case Study Teaching in Science
September 16-17, 2017 | Buffalo, NY

One scholarship given to one person in each of the three categories: 1. Post-Doctoral Fellow/Graduate Student, 2. K-12 Teacher, 3. College Faculty Member

Please see the following page for more details and application instructions.

Featured Job Opportunities

New Listings:

Instructor Pool - Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of California, Los Angeles
Application Deadline: June 26, 2017

Learning and Technology Specialist Position
Center for Teaching and Learning at Georgia Tech

Assistant Dean/Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Northwestern University
Job ID: 30329

Education Specialist Position
New England Science and Sailing

Senior Researcher in STEM and Education Policy
Mathematica Policy Research

Coordinator STEM Undergraduate Career Development
Savannah State University

Previous Listings:

Postdoctoral Associate Position
Yale Center for Teaching and Learning
For full consideration: March 31, 2017 | Open until filled

Postdoctoral Scholar for Biology Education and Curriculum Development - LS7A/B/C Series
University of California, Los Angeles
Application review: February 1, 2017; Open until filled

(Full-time) Instructor for Introductory Mathematics for Life Science Majors - LS20, LS30A/B Series
University of California, Los Angeles
Recruitment Period: Open until filled

Learning Experience Designer
Boston University - Center for Teaching and Learning

Center for Education Innovation & Learning in the Sciences | UCLA

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