CEILS Mid-Quarter Course Evaluation Resource Available in CCLE

If you are looking for ways to get feedback from your students on their learning and your teaching effectiveness, one suggestion is to provide your class a questionnaire designed to get student feedback in the middle of the quarter. To help facilitate this process, CEILS has developed a "questionnaire template" with approximately 20 questions. You can use the resource "as-is" or customize it for your course. Simply copy the questionnaire into your course, edit/add any questions, and adjust the settings to suit your needs. Once added, this resource is private to your course and just for you and your students to view and participate.

Call for Nominations! 2017 Life Sciences Excellence Awards

The Division of Life Sciences announces its annual call for nominations for Excellence Awards in research, teaching, and efforts to promote diversity. Recipients of each award will be honored at a special reception hosted to celebrate awardees, be recognized on a publicly displayed plaque, and receive a monetary gift of $500.

The categories for nomination are as follows:
  • Awards for Excellence in Education Innovation and Promotion of Diversity
  • Awards for Excellence in Research

To view the full details for each award and the process for consideration, please view the following document.

All nomination materials should be sent by the deadline of Friday, March 10, 2017 to Kimberly Webster ( Awards will be presented at a Life Sciences reception honoring awardees Monday, April 3rd in the Hershey Hall Salon.

2017 UCLA Mobile Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching
July 24-28, 2017 | University of California, Los Angeles

Applications now open!

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.

Call for Institution Pre-Proposals! CUR Transformations Project - Integrating and Scaffolding Research into Undergraduate STEM Curricula: Probing Faculty, Student, Disciplinary and Institutional Influences

Pre-proposal due date: March 1, 2017

Authentic Large-scale Undergraduate Research Experience (ALURE) Project
  • The ALURE project supports and resources academics who want to help large numbers of undergraduates do hands-on research. 
  • ALURE students do research as part of an existing course rather than an extra component.
The ALURE project is a national project on developing and implementing CUREs in science. Learn more about the project and available resources at its website:

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 Presentations:
  • February 24 | Heather Tienson, Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, will present on some work on Academic Dishonesty by Donald McCabe.

Up Next (Presentations to be announced):

  • March 3 | Liz Roth-Johnson, Life Sciences Core DBER Fellow
  • March 10 | Jay Phelan, Academic Administrator in the Life Sciences Core Curriculum

  • 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! View more information on the "events" section of our website.

Upcoming Events 
[On Campus] PhDs in Biotech and An Overview of Drug Development: Career Paths and Opportunities

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
1:30p - 3:30p
California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI) Auditorium

The path from idea to a marketed drug is driven by both business and scientific professionals working towards one common goal. Please join UCLA Professional Development for a high level overview of Drug Development where they will explore the process of taking a drug from idea to marketed product. In addition, Dr. Adrian Nanez and Dr. John Lawrence will discuss the career path that led them to their current roles in the Scientific Affairs Department at Amgen.

[On Campus] UC Climate Neutrality Initiative: Climate Change and Sustainability Teaching Innovation

February 17, 2017
1:00p - 4:00p
Humanities Building, Room 193

Join CNI for an afternoon of dynamic presentations and convivial conversation with faculty from across campus who have participated in the UC Climate Neutrality Initiative by infusing concepts, case studies and materials about climate change and sustainability into courses whose focus is not on environmental topics.

If you are interested, RSVP at the following link:

This webinar was the first activity in the NIMBioS/NISER series of STEM program evaluation events for the NSF INCLUDES projects. The target audience for this webinar are STEM educators who have little or no prior experience with program evaluation, including PIs of NSF INCLUDES projects. The webinar will introduce STEM educators to key concepts and vocabulary concerning evaluation methods. This webinar is sponsored by the National Science Foundation through NSF Award #HRD-1650390


Click here to view information about the in-person conference taking place Feb. 22-24.

Dr. Kalju Kahn
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry,
University of California, Santa Barbara

"Motivating and Engaging Students in Online Chemistry Courses"

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 at 4:00p
2033 Young Hall

Please view the following flyer for a description of the event.

WASC Senior College and University Commission

WSCUC's Community of Practice for Advancing Learning Outcomes Visibility
April 18, 2017, 1-5p | San Diego, California
Applications due by February 15, 2017

Starting in Spring 2017, with funding from Lumina Foundation, WSCUC is offering institutions an opportunity to participate in a free online Community of Practice to lend support, guidance, and consulting around projects related to assessing student learning and demonstrating visibility of that learning. Participating institutions will not only be able to gain support as they implement their own projects, but will also develop a collection of good practices, resources, and guides to share, both regionally and nationally.

Assessment Leadership Academy
March 2017 - January 2018
Applications accepted from November 15, 2016 to February 15, 2017

The WSCUC Assessment Leadership Academy (ALA) prepares post-secondary professionals to provide leadership in a wide range of activities related to assessment of student learning, from facilitating workshops and supporting the scholarship of assessment to assisting administrative leadership in planning, budgeting, and decision-making related to educational effectiveness.
Conference on Research in Mathematics in Undergraduate Education
February 23 - 25, 2017 , San Diego, CA
Learn more and register online.

2017 General Education and Assessment: Design Thinking for Student Learning
February 23 - 25, 2017 , The Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel , Phoenix , AZ
Learn more and register online.

John N. Gardner Institute 2017 Annual Gateway Course Experience Conference
February 26-28 , 2017 , The Westin Las Vegas Hotel
Learn more and register online.

9th Conference on Understanding Interventions that Broaden Participation in Science Careers
"Advancing Local Interventions Towards Systematic Change"
March 3-5 , 2017 , The Sheraton Gunter Hotel , San Antonio , TX
Learn more and register online.

NSF INCLUDES Conference to Advance the Collective Impact of Retention & Continuation Strategies for Hispanics and Other Underrepresented Minorities in STEM Fields
March 6-8, 2017 , Kellogg Conference Hotel, Gallaudet University

Registration deadline: Friday, February 24th, 2017

2017 Diversity, Learning, and Student Success: Voices Leading Change
March 16-18 , 2017 , The Hyatt Regency Hotel, Jacksonville, FL
Learn more and register online.

2017 Southern California PKAL Regional Network Annual Meeting
Broadening Participation and Persistence in College STEM: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
March 25, 2017 , University of California, San Diego

Workshop Proposals Due: January 16, 2017
Registration opens: February 1, 2017 | Registration Closes: March 1, 2017
Poster Abstracts Due: March 1, 2017

Learn more and register online.

Institute on General Education and Assessment
May 31 - June 3 , 2017 , Loyola University Chicago
Learn more and register online.

POD Network - Institute for New Faculty Developers
June 20-23 , 2017 , Saratoga Springs, New York - Holiday Inn
Learn more and register online.

Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success
June 24-27 , 2017 , Boston University
Learn more and register online.

2017 PKAL STEM Leadership Institute
Institute I: July 11-16, 2017
Institute II: July 18-23, 2017
Institute III: July 25-30, 2017
The Claggett Center, Adamstown, Maryland

Applications currently being accepted until March 14, 2017. For more information in the conference and to apply, please visit the following site:

Institute on Integrative Learning and Signature Work
July 11-14 , 2017 , Loyola University Chicago
Learn more and register online.

Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER)
National Meeting
July 21-23 , 2017 , University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Learn more and register online.

24th Annual ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators
July 27-30 , 2017 , The Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel , Denver , CO
Abstracts for poster presentations due February 15 
Learn more and register online.


Faculty Focus: Top 11 Teaching and Learning Articles of 2016

Topics range from the root of the problem: stagnant teaching culture, to how we can improve teaching and learning in the classroom using backwards design and active learning.

Graduate students  interested in teaching  should consider looking for meaningful teaching opportunities outside of their department.

When searching for work, doctoral students ought to know about life science clusters--geographic groups of universities, research labs, science parks, incubators, hospitals, start-ups, large companies, and government agencies. Here are four.
CIRTL Spring 2017 Cross-Network Courses - Open for Registration!

Developing a Teaching Portfolio
Tuesday, January 31 and March 21 at 12-2pm PT
In this class students will explore model teaching portfolios, write a personal philosophy of teaching, assemble evidence of their teaching, develop and present their own teaching portfolios, and use peer review rubrics to evaluate their own and peers' portfolios.

Diversity in the College Classroom
Wednesdays from February 1 to March 29 at 9-10:30am PT
The course is designed for STEM educators interested in considering diversity issues in college-level teaching. We will explore definitions of diversity, consider ways that instructor and student diversity and implicit biases can influence how we teach and learn, and work together to develop effective techniques and strategies for teaching inclusively.

Thursdays from February 2 to April 6 at 10-11:30am PT
This course is designed to cover basic concepts, techniques, and procedures of conducting TAR in the undergraduate classroom.

Research Mentor Training
Thursdays from February 2 to April 20 at 12-1:15pm PT
In this seminar-style class, participants will work with a community of peers to develop and improve their mentoring skills.

Service-Learning in STEM Classrooms: Introduction to Pedagogy and Practice
Tuesdays from February 7 to March 28 at 11-1pm PT
Service-learning is a high-impact pedagogy that engages students in applying what they are learning about in their class to a real-world community need or issue, and includes reflective activities to demonstrate and deepen the service and learning connections.

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.

Problem-Based Learning in STEM Courses
Monday, March 13 | 11a-12p

Professional Development
Postdoctoral Scholars & Graduate Students
New! Masters of Arts in Learning and Design at Georgetown University, Offered in Fall 2017

Georgetown University launches a new Master of Arts in Learning and Design program in Fall 2017. Focusing on instructional design, technology innovation, learning analytics and higher education leadership, the program is poised to train the next generation of leaders, who will drive learning forward. The program aims to equip students not only with key concepts in learning and design, but also opportunities for applied innovation in Georgetown’s Design Studio, where students can apply their knowledge in authentic classroom settings.

VIEW: Poster _ MA in Learning Design at Georgetown University
VIEW: Major Description and Requirements _ MA in Learning Design at Georgetown University

Feel free to contact administrators directly at
Visit the program website here:

Applications open on a rolling basis!

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 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 CSCULA. 

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

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.

Opportunities for Funding & Collaboration
The POD Network Grants Committee is excited to be offering two different types of grants for 2017!

Proposals are due Sunday, March 5, at 11:59pm EST.

POD Network Early Researcher Grant : The purpose for this new line of funding is to support POD Network members who are initiating their first research in an area related to teaching and learning, or to broader educational or organizational development. $4,000 has been allocated for funding Early Researcher proposals, and applicants may request $500-$2,000.

POD Network Research Grant: The purpose for this sustained line of funding is to support POD Network members who have research experience in an area related to teaching and learning, or to broader educational or organizational development that includes publication and possibly external funding. $8,000 has been allocated for funding POD Network Research Grants, and we seek to award two proposals up to $4000 each.

For more grant details and eligibility, please visit the Network website here .

Promoting Active Learning & Mentoring (PALM) Network Grant

The Promoting Active Learning & Mentoring Network Grant provides faculty and postdoctoral fellows with resources that allow them to gain hands-on experience and long-term mentorship in bringing evidence-based, effective active learning strategies into their own classrooms.

The grant can provide up to $2000 per fellow, $500 mentor stipend, or up to $1000 travel cost each for fellow and mentor.

Please see the network website for more information.
2017 Application are being accepted on a rolling basis!

Evaluate UR: Evaluating Undergraduate Research

If you, or someone of your campus is operating an intensive summer undergraduate research program, you may be able to participate in an NSF WIDER program (DUE 13-477227). Led by SUNY Buffalo State, the project seeks to refine and disseminate a successful model of undergraduate research assessment that has been in place at that institution since 2008.  This model closely links the teaching and learning process in a unique design that has improved student learning while producing rich empirical evidence of program outcomes and student knowledge gains. The project is now seeking additional institutions to pilot the dissemination of this model. Interested campuses must have a summer undergraduate research program lasting from six to ten weeks in which students work with faculty mentors, a campus undergraduate research director or coordinator who oversees the program, and ongoing institutional support for continuing program operation.  For more information, and to apply to be a pilot institution, please see: 

Featured Job Opportunities

Postdoctoral Scholar in Biology Education Research
University of California, San Diego
Application deadline: March 14, 2017
► See the job description and details for how to apply here.

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

(Full-Time) Instructional Laboratory Lecturer Position - Dept. of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics
University of California, Los Angeles
Recruitment period: January 9 - March 5, 2017

Postdoctoral Research Associate Position in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology Education Research
University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Application Review: February 15, 2017; Open Until Filled


2 Chemistry Positions at University of Delaware
Open until filled
►  Assistant Professor:

Lab Manager:

Two Tenure-Track Positions (Assistant or Associate) in the Dept. of Biological Sciences
St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas
► Invertebrate Biologist:
► Cell Biologist:

Educational Development Specialist for Natural Sciences and Engineering
Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, University of Rochester
Requisition ID: 198614
► See the full job listing and apply at the following link.

Instructional Designer
Chaffey College
Application Deadline: March 17, 2017  

Learning Experience Designer
Boston University - Center for Teaching and Learning

Teaching Assistant Professor (2 Positions)
Department of Biology Teaching and Learning
University of Minnesota
Job ID#: 313293

Instructional Developer
Western Carolina University

Center for Education Innovation & Learning in the Sciences | UCLA

For more information about CEILS events and resources, including a list of STEM education events from previous mailers, please visit the CEILS website at  or stop by the CEILS office in Hershey Hall (Rooms 122 & 126 or 210).

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