Congratulations to Dr. Tracy Johnson, Professor of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology, for receiving the 2017 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award for Faculty Career Commitment to Diversity!

Dr. Johnson, a Howard Hughes Medical Investigator has been instrumental in establishing and supporting the Organization of African-American Students Excelling in STEM (OASES), a program that supports the success of African-American and other minorities in science. She also established a research-based program for first year science majors from underrepresented and underserved groups.

As the Life Sciences Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence, and Co-Chair of the Life Sciences Diversity Advisory Committee, Dr. Johnson has played a major role in making Life Sciences a campus and national leader in diversity and inclusive excellence. Her work has been the driving force for the requirement of a statement on contributions to diversity and inclusion in all faculty merit and promotion dossiers.

Finally, Dr. Johnson has developed strategies to achieve excellence in pedagogy and scholarship through diversity and inclusion and was part of a small group of campus faculty who contributed to the passage of the College of Letters and Science Diversity Course requirement.

Attention Life Science instructors and faculty!

Dean Sork cordially invites you to attend the Life Science Excellence Awards Ceremony, followed by a reception in honor of the awardees.

Monday, May 1, 2017
Hershey Hall Salon (Room 158)

UCLA Undergrads and Faculty Attend Conference on STEM Education Research

On March 24, 2017, a group of UCLA faculty and undergraduates participated in SoCal PKAL 2017 – the regional meeting of the Association of American Colleges & Universities Project Kaleidoscope, held at the University of California, San Diego. Some of UCLA’s undergraduate learning assistants and researchers (pictured here) presented a poster describing recent efforts in physics education research.

(Pictured: Dr. Shanna Shaked and Learning Assistants Such Amin, David Ho, Ronnel Azizollahi, Nguyen Nguyen, and Nikhil Shah;
Photo credit: Deb Pires)

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

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 28 | Dr. Liz Roth-Johnson and Undergraduate Students Nikolina Walas and Monique Gandawidjaja, from the LS Core will be presenting a talk titled, " Uncovering students’ novice conceptions of the endomembrane system." View the abstract.
  • 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 4-6pm.
  • May 12 | Dr. Nadia Sellami, URC-Sciences
  • May 19 | Dr. Rachelle Crosbie-Watson, Dept. of Integrative Biology and Physiology,
  • June 9 | Dr. Bill Grisham, Dept. of 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 
Scientific Teaching in Practice Webinar: Teaching in Large Lecture Courses

Friday, April 28, 2017
12-1p PT

Teaching in large lecture courses can have distinct advantages and challenges, from navigating stadium-style seating to reaching hundreds of students. There are many effective teaching strategies instructors can employ to create a high-quality, inclusive learning environment based on fundamental principles of how students learn. During this webinar, Sue Wick will share her experience with teaching in large lecture courses with an emphasis on providing practical strategies and solutions to common challenges. Participants are encouraged to bring specific questions about their own teaching to the conversation. In addition, Sue and Jess Blum will describe the Promoting Active Learning & Mentoring (PALM) network, a grant-funded opportunity for faculty and postdoctoral fellows to receive extended one-on- one mentorship on implementing evidence-based, active learning in their classrooms.

Featured Guests: 
Sue Wick, PhD – Professor of Biology Teaching & Learning and Plant & Microbial Biology, University of Minnesota
Jess Blum, PhD – Assistant Education Specialist, Managing Editor of CourseSource, University of Minnesota

Tracie Addy, PhD, MPhil – Howard Hughes Medical Institute Program Director, Associate in Faculty Teaching Initiatives, Yale University

Zoom Link to Join Meeting:
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.
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.

2017 Gordon Research Conference on Undergraduate Biology Education Research (UBER)
July 9-14, 2017 | Stonehill College, Easton, MA
Application Deadline: June 11th

Education research in undergraduate biology teaching and learning has led to significant advances in our understanding of how teaching, assessment and other undergraduate education practices can be changed to improve student learning as well as persistence in programs, particularly for students from underrepresented minority (URM) populations. This conference will bring together researchers, practitioners, and national leaders to discuss how new research and trends are improving undergraduate biology education for all.

To view the meeting program and to register, please see the website here:

2017 Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER) National Meeting
July 21-23, 2017 | University of Minnesota

SABER is the professional society of biology education researchers. This meeting will have keynote addresses from leading researchers, concurrent talks, poster sessions, and round-table discussions.

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

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:

ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators
July 27-30, 2017 | Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
Application Deadline: June 21st

Now in its 24th year, the ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE) gathers more than 350 microbiology and biology educators for an interactive four-day conference. Educators come from colleges, universities, and international institutions to learn and share the latest information in the biological sciences and education research.

The Conference program includes plenary, concurrent, poster, and exhibit sessions. Participants engage in formal and informal small group discussions between colleagues all focused on the same goal: to improve teaching and learning in the biological sciences.

To learn more about the event and registration, please see the event site here:

2017 SENCER Summer Institute
August 3-6, 2017 | Stony Brook University, New York
Deadline to propose a poster or session is May 19th

In addition to the newest iterations of core sessions on course design and research-based approaches to learning, SENCER has announced a slate of plenary speakers such as Fotis Sotiropoulos (Stony Brook University), Elyse Eidman-Aadahl (National Writing Project), and Davis Asai (HHMI) who will lead the program and address a variety of these critical areas:

  • conversations about the changing landscape for civic engagement as a pedagogical approach,
  • educational synergies between STEM and the humanities,
  • strategies for scaling STEM education reform efforts,
  • challenges related to diversity and inclusion in science, and
  • examples of the impact of SENCER practice on career advancement.
The institute also will feature a special panel focusing on communities of transformation. The panel will include Karen Kashmanian Oates (SENCER), Rick Moog (POGIL), and Myles Boylan (NSF).

Read more about the plenary speakers and register for the event:
Mentoring as a Graduate Student | Inside Higher Ed

Being a mentor helps graduate students fight imposter syndrome, better understand their own goals and desires, and broaden their community.

Will more studies of biomedical training and careers actually create any change in graduate education? | Science

The launch of two new projects examining STEM graduate education provides the opportunity to ask: Will either finally figure out how to incentivize real reform?

Can we anticipate graduate student success if we can't assess it? | ACSB

Predicting graduate student success requires better measures than GRE scores, GPA, or number of papers published. This paper advises taking a more holistic approach to assessing student success.

How Administrators can Help Prepare Ph.D.s for Nonfaculty Careers | Chronicle

Using alumni as a resource for job-hunting doctoral students was one suggestion for institutions looking to better prepare them for careers outside of academia.

Six Reasons You May Not Graduate On Time | The Hechinger Report

Only 41% of students are able to complete their undergraduate degree in four years. This article describes how to overcome the six most common roadblocks to timely graduation.

Five Ways to get Students Thinking About Learning, Not Grades | Faculty Focus

So many students still cling to the notion that grades measure ability. How do we make the point that IQ matters far less than the commitment to hard work ?

Science, Engineering, and Health Ph.D.s: Where are they now? | Inside Higher Ed

A new visual tool from the National Science Board allows users to see the number of Ph.D.s working in 26 fields within academe, government & industry.
Professional Development
Postdoctoral Scholars & Graduate Students
CIRTL Summer Workshops:

Developing a CV or Resume
June 22 and 29 | 8-9:30am PT

In this two-part online workshop, participants will learn how CVs and resumes vary for academic positions, non-academic positions, and grant applications. After learning about strong CV content, style, and organization, participants will develop long form academic CVs and short form resumes, and then refine them through a collaborative peer review process.

Registration will be open from 11AM Central Time on May 29 through June 14. Cap of 60 students.

In this online workshop, we will look at the various elements of game design that can help engage and motivate students such as collaboration, autonomy, purpose, competition, feedback, and scaffolding. As a group, we will explore activities that are based around familiar game formats, design frameworks around existing games re-purposed to address specific learning objectives, and examine how to embed game structures within a course's design.

Registration will be open from 11AM Central Time on June 5 through June 19. Cap of 100 students.

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:
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
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.

W.M. Keck Foundation Research 2018 - Undergraduate Education Program

The Foundation's Undergraduate Education Program promotes distinctive learning and research experiences in science, engineering, and the liberal arts at four year undergraduate colleges only in Foundation designated states, or through national organizations that address undergraduate needs.

Click here for a link to the program website.

This is a limited submission with an internal deadline of May 17, 2018 .  Click here for link to LSO Portal to apply:

NIH Bridges to Baccalaureate Program (R25)

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH.  The over-arching goal of this National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) R25 program is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical research workforce.

To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Courses for Skills Development, Research Experiences, and Curriculum or Methods Development. A program application must include each activity, and describe how they will be synergized to make a comprehensive program.

The Bridges to Baccalaureate Program is intended to provide these activities to community college students to increase transition to and completion of Bachelor's degree in biomedical sciences. 

Click here for a link to the program website.

The internal deadline for the program is June 19, 2017 Click here for link to LSO Portal to apply:

Featured Job Opportunities

New Listings:

Associate Director, Integrated Life Sciences Program
University of Maryland

Senior Program Coordinator, Graduate and Postdoctoral Programs
Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching, Northwestern University
Job ID: 30826

Assistant Director of Academic Support, STEM
Southern New Hampshire University
► Read more about job qualifications and apply here.

Assistant Director and Product Manager for Instruction Design of STEM Initiatives
Southern New Hampshire University
► Read more about job qualifications and apply here.

Writing Specialist and Lecturer in STEM Writing and Communication
Focus: Engineering and Applies Sciences
California Institute of Technology

Assistant Director of STEM Center
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Assistant Director of STEM Learning and Teaching
University of La Verne

STEM Instructional Technology Coordinator
Big Bend Community College

Previous 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

Postdoctoral Associate Position
Yale Center for Teaching and Learning
For full consideration: March 31, 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

Center for Education Innovation & Learning in the Sciences | UCLA

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