Shanna Shaked Joins CEILS as  Senior Associate Director for Physical Sciences Initiatives!

Dr. Shaked is a leader at UCLA in the use of evidence-based teaching techniques, particularly those that aid in the retention of underrepresented groups. She has also pioneered a range of interdisciplinary teaching collaborations with faculty across the UCLA Physical and Life Sciences. After earning her B.S. and B.A. in Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics from the University of Arizona, she received a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Ithaca College.  Her research experience ranges across astrophysics, biophysics, environmental physics, pollutant modeling, sustainability, and ultimately physics education research. At UCLA, Dr. Shaked has initiated a range of evidence-based teaching techniques, such as an interdisciplinary undergraduate Learning Assistant program to promote active learning and inclusivity in large lecture course​s. ​She ​is an expert in the implementation of pre- and post-tests and surveys to assess the effectiveness ​such educational interventions. ​

The overall focus of Dr. Shaked's efforts in CEILS is to identify and address the educational needs and interests of Physical Science faculty, and in so doing, support the academic success of all UCLA students.  Connect with Shanna at

Last Call! UCLA IRACDA Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications due September 1st!

The  UPLIFT Program at UCLA supports postdoctoral scholars in the sciences who have a demonstrated interest in teaching, research, and supporting diversity in STEM fields.

Learn more about the program and how to apply:

UCLA Faculty: Submit your ideas and help disseminate your important work in STEM education! A Call to Action: Incorporating Active STEM Learning Strategies into K-12 and Higher Education

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has issued a call to action to participate in a nationwide effort to meet the goals of STEM for All through the use of active learning at all grade levels and in higher education. OSTP is seeking commitments to implement active learning strategies in STEM fields, and they are also interested in actions and efforts that will encourage others to do so, including: (1) incentives for PK-12 educators and higher education faculty to implement active learning strategies, (2) investment in professional development opportunities for instructors at every level of education, and (3) training materials and resources for educators to promote the help them use active learning.

Submit your ideas by September 23, 2016.
For more information please visit the website of The White House .

Requesting Proposals : SENCER-ISE Partnership Champions - eMentorship Project

The National Center for Science and Civic Engagement requests proposals for Partnership Champions: SENCER-ISE and Professional Development Through Mentoring to Enhance Learning Environments. Through SENCER-ISE, the National Center explores and evaluates ways to support sustainable partnerships between informal science and higher education professionals around issues of civic consequence, such as invasive species and habitat loss, public understanding of genomics, and how children learn.

The SENCER-ISE Partnership Champions initiative will provide one-year sub-awards to five cross-sector partnerships. Each sub-award will provide $10,000 for awardees to begin the process of planning and establishing an ongoing collaboration. As part of the award, the partners will participate in an eMentorship consultation (via online video conference services) from an experienced SENCER-ISE partner on selected topics, such as project planning, institutionalizing the partnership, identifying audience outcomes to guide evaluation, and navigating conflicting schedules. Awardees will also have opportunities to interact with members of other partnerships and the larger SENCER network of faculty and administrators.

Applications must be submitted online by 9:00am ET on September 26, 2016.
For additional details regarding the eMentorship Project and for links to proposal guidelines and the application itself, please see the program website.

Call for Proposals: Professional Development Workshops for the Bard College Institute of Writing and Thinking

The Institute of Writing and Thinking (IWT) at Bard College is looking for scientists to lead (secondary and collegiate) professional development workshops. These scientists need to be intrigued by the pedagogy of science teaching and have an interest in the ways that writing can be used as a tool for learning in science classrooms.

The Institute offers professional development workshops worldwide in all disciplines and is seeking interested colleagues to help offer workshops in the sciences. The workshops are practical, hands-on instruction in a collaborative learning environment that demonstrates for teachers how they can lead their students to discover and interpret meaning (rather than simply set out to find answers), engage in productive dialogue, and learn the critical thinking skills that support scientific writing and learning. If you are interested in learning more about the Institute for Writing & Thinking, participating in an introductory workshop, and/or joining our associates, please contact Director of IWT Faculty and Curriculum, Erica Kaufman, at and STEM Faculty Associate, Mary Krembs, at

Journal Club
CEILS Journal Club for STEM Education Research 
Fridays from 2:00 – 3:00 PM   Location:  1100 TSLB   

Enjoy your summer!
J ournal Club will resume in Fall 2016!

Upcoming Events 
Advancing Faculty Mentoring Practices Workshop

September 16, 2016
8:30-1:30pm | 158 Hershey Hall

The Undergraduate Research Center (URC)- Sciences and Graduate Programs in Bioscience (GPB) invite you to participate in a workshop "Advancing Faculty Mentoring Practices" on September 16th, 8:30 - 1:30 PM in Hersey Hall 158.  The workshop aims to enrich current mentoring practices by providing mentors with an intellectual framework and opportunity to experiment with various methods of mentoring, while offering a forum in which to solve dilemmas. The workshop expands each mentor's knowledge through exposure to the experiences of the entire group, which will enhance readiness to work with diverse trainees and anticipate new situations.  The workshop is adapted from curriculum developed by the Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching and is supported by the NIH National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.  The workshop will be facilitated by Drs. Beth Lazazzera (MIMG), Rachel Kennison (URC Sciences) and Diana Azurdia (GPB) all of whom are seasoned facilitators of the curriculum.

Faculty can choose to participate in two of the breakout session topics below:
1.            Effective Communication
2.            Aligning Expectations
3.            Equity and Inclusion
4.            Assessing Understanding

This workshop is an extension of an ongoing initiative at UCLA titled Entering Mentoring Training which seeks to provide mentoring and diversity sensitivity training for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. We hope you will join us for the faculty workshop on September 16th (food will be provided).

Space is limited, please RSVP by September 1st at

Teaching Computation in the Sciences Using MATLAB
October 23-25, 2016, Carleton College, Northfield, MN
Apply by September 2!
Learn more and register online.
Problem-Based Learning (PBL) 2016 International Conference:
Problem-Based Learning and Active Learning Methodologies
September 8-10, 2016, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Emerging Engagement Scholars Workshop:
A pre-conference event of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium Annual Conference
October 9-10, 2016 , Omaha, Nebraska
International Symposium on Biomathematics and Ecology Education and Research (BEERS)  
October 14-16, 2016, College of Charleston, North Carolina
80th Annual Meeting of the  Southern California Branch of the American Society for Microbiology (SCASM)
October 28-29, 2016, Hyatt Regency, La Jolla, CA

17th Annual Conference on Case Study Teaching in Science 
Presented by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science -University of Buffalo  
Date: September 16-17, Ramada Inn & Conference Center, Amherst, NY
Learn more and register online.  
CBE - Life Sciences Education: Special Issue
Broadening Participation in the Life Sciences

Among the featured articles in this special issue are:
Redeploying Faculty for Student Success
More Female International Students Pursue STEM Degrees at US Universities
Published in US News | Higher Education

Persistence Makes the Difference in Minority Participation in Science Careers

Graduate Student Teaching: What Cell Biology and Statistics Have in Common
The Clean Air and Healthy Homes Program: A Model for Authentic Science Learning 

Strengthening STEM Education through Community Partnerships
Published by Science Education and Civic Engagement

CIRTL MOOCS - Enrollment is open!!
“An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching” is an open, online course designed to provide future STEM faculty, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows with an introduction to effective teaching strategies and the research that supports them.  The goal of the eight-week course is to equip the next generation of STEM faculty to be effective teachers, thus improving the learning experience for the thousands of students they will teach. 
Graduate students, post-docs, and faculty from UCLA as well as our neighboring 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities are welcome to participate in the MOOC and attend the weekly local learning community meetings at UCLA, Tuesdays 4-6 pm in 168 Hershey Hall for 8 weeks from Sept. 27th - Nov. 15th.. Please RSVP to join the local learning community by contacting CEILS Media & Communications (

This online course prepares science, technology, engineering, and mathematics instructors to develop and implement teaching practices that advance the learning experiences and outcomes of both students and teachers. While this course is currently in progress, you can view course materials at any time.
CEILS will be offering a learning community for this course when it is offered again in the spring.

Registration Now Open - Space Limited!

Teaching with Technology
Learn how to enhance your STEM teaching with a range of classroom technologies
Course schedule:  Tuesdays, September 13 through November 22
Online meeting times: 3-4:30PM ET/2-3:30PM CT/1-2:30PM MT/12-1:30PM PT

Instructors:  Robert A. Linsenmeier, Northwestern University; and Sabrina Kramer and Stephen M. Roth, University of Maryland

Creating Assessments and Evaluation Plans
Learn techniques to help you assess what your students are actually learning
Course schedule:  Tuesdays, October 4 through November 15
Online meeting times: 12-1:30PM ET/11AM-12:30pm CT/10-11:30AM MT/9-10:30AM PT

Instructors:  Mary Besterfield-Sacre and Julie Breckenridge, University of Pittsburgh

Diversity in the College Classroom: Teaching the STEM Undergraduate
Develop inclusive teaching practices to support all STEM learners
Course schedule:  Thursdays, September 29 through December 1
Online meeting times: 11AM-12:30PM ET/10-11:30AM CT/9-10:30AM MT/8-9:30AM PT

Instructors:  Jean Alley, Vanderbilt University; Robin Paige, Rice University

Professional Development
Post-Docs & Graduate Students
Two Great Resources for Learning About Opportunities in Science has recently created a new pair of web-based portals to help undergraduates and graduate students alike search for Federally-sponsored opportunities in STEM. If you are interested, please see the links below.
The O*NET program is the nation's primary source of occupational information, containing information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors. The database provides the basis for the Career Exploration Tools, a set of assessment instruments for workers and students looking to find or change careers.

Funding Opportunities
The John Templeton Foundation is currently accepting online funding inquiries (OFI) in all Core Funding Areas (Science and the Big Questions, Human Sciences, Philosophy and Theology, and Life Sciences) for both large and small grants. The Foundation accepts proposals for Large Grants (over $217,400) once a year, and Small Grants (up to $217,400) four times a year. Because the topics are quite multidisciplinary, we encourage faculty members to explore all funding areas and grantmaking .

The deadline for online funding inquiries (a brief form) is August 31, 2016
Job Opportunities

Project Analyst Position at the Center for Educational Effectiveness
University of California, Davis
[Application Deadline: September 5, 2016]

Project Manager for the Accelerating System Change Network
Center for Research on Instructional Change in Post-Secondary Education
Western Michigan University

[Application Deadline: August 31, 2016]

Assistant Director of Graduate Programs
Teaching and Learning Transformation Center
University of Maryland
[For best consideration date submit applications by: September 1, 2016]

Senior Education Research Consultant
Center for Educational Resources in the Sheridan Libraries
John Hopkins University

Physics Instructor Needed (2 Positions)
Los Angeles City College
►For more information please see this link.

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Center for Research on Instructional Change in Post-Secondary Education
Western Michigan University

[Desired start date of September 2016]
►For more information please see this link.

Academic Coordinator Position in Biology
University of California, Riverside

[Application Deadline: September 1, 2016]
►For more information please see this link.

Assistant/Associate Director for STEM Initiatives
Brown University

Public Engagement Project Director, AAAS
Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology, AAAS

Policy Research Fellow at AAC&U
Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U)

Postdoctoral Fellow in Physics Education
Lund University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics
[Application Deadline: September 1, 2016]

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Biology Education
Michigan State University, Plant Biology Department
[Application Review begins June 20, 2016 and continues until the position is filled]

Center for Education Innovation & Learning in the Sciences | UCLA

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