Attention UCLA Graduate Students: 2 Reader Positions Available Now for
LS 110, Career Exploration in the Life Sciences
Life Sciences 110 is a career development course designed for life sciences majors. LS110 is a 2 unit P/NP course and will be offered in Winter Quarter 2017 on Wednesday evenings from 4:00-5:50pm. The course is offered in the evenings to provide the least amount of conflict with other academic, extracurricular, and employment responsibilities. To learn more about the course, please visit:    

The Graduate Student Reader position is a great opportunity for graduate students interested in mentoring and learning about active learning in the classroom and the career development process.

Deadline: Positions need to be filled immediately! Please contact Dr. Rachel Kennison at ASAP if interested in the position.

Training Workshop for Using the Classroom Observation Protocol for Undergraduate STEM (COPUS)
Facilitated by: Erin Sanders, CEILS Director

Date: Thursday, January 19, 2017
Time: 4:00p - 6:00p
Location: 168 Hershey Hall

Who should attend this workshop?  Faculty and research staff involved in assessment that involves conducting classroom observations. Also available to undergraduate Super LAs and TACs.

Description of Workshop: Provides overview of COPUS (Classroom Observation Protocol for Undergraduate STEM) protocol, discussion of codes used to categorize classroom activities, practice using the protocol and interpreting COPUS data. Introduces participants to GORP tool for electronically capturing classroom observation data.

If you are interested in attending, send a quick RSVP to

STARTING SOON - Don't Miss Out!
CIRTL Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
Online component starts January 30th, 2017

Weekly learning community meetings will be facilitated by CEILS Associate Director, Dr. Rachel Kennison.

Course 1: An Introduction to Evidence-based Undergraduate STEM Teaching
Register for the Introductory MOOC here. Learning Community will meet Tuesdays starting 2/7-3/28 from 12:00-1:30p in Hersey Hall Room 168. To join the Introductory LC, please fill out the google form:

Course 2: Advanced Learning Through Evidence-Based STEM Teaching
Register for the Advanced MOOC here. Learning Community will meet Tuesdays starting 2/7-3/28 from 4:00-5:30p in Hersey Hall Room 168. To join the Advanced LC, please fill out the google form:

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:
  • January 27 | Gerardo Ramirez, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology- Developmental and Laura Pittman, Graduate Student, will present on the topic ofAre Seductive Details in the Classroom an Impediment or Aid in Student Learning?”

Up Next (Presentations to be announced):

  • February 3 | Tony Friscia, Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology
  • February 24 | Gaston Pfluegl, Academic Administrator in the Life Science Core Curriculum and CEILS Instructional Consultant
  • 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 
SoCal PKAL Regional Network 2017 Annual Meeting - Broadening Participation and Persistence in College STEM: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

March 25, 2017 | University Of San Diego

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

WASC Senior College and University Commission

WSCUC's Community of Practice for Advancing Learning Outcomes Visibility

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.

Applications accepted from November 15, 2016 to February 15, 2017

The WSCUC Assessment Leadership Academy (ALA) prepares postsecondary 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.

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

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
Learn more and register online.

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

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

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

Enhancing Learning though Zest, Grit, and Sweat
Faculty Focus, Higher Ed Teaching Strategies from Magna Publications

Dr. Lolita Paff identifies three overlooked aspects of learning that teachers should consider promoting through their instructional practices: student curiosity (zest), an academic growth mindset and persistence (grit), and an understanding that true long-lasting learning takes effort (sweat).

In this essay, authors use a backward-design approach to inform life science graduate students of postdoctoral opportunities in BER.

Author Kathleen Ross answers questions about her new book, "Breakthrough Strategies: Classroom-Based Practices to Support New Majority Students".

How to Integrate Growth Mindset Messages into Every Part of Math Class
KQED | Teaching Strategies

Believing that intelligence is flexible, not fixed, may help protect students against stereotype threat.

A Resource of Resources for STEM Educators

This new book summarizes  evidence-based teaching practices  for STEM classrooms that improve student learning across diverse populations.  (CBE- Life Sciences Education)

Gender Bias in Academe: An Annotated Bibliography

This summary of research on  bias in academia  should be required reading for university administration and faculty members.  (The London School of Economics and Political Science)

In addition to the MOOCs mentioned in the beginning "Announcements" section of the newsletter, additional CIRTL opportunities include:

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
Seeking Applicants!

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
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 Deadlines: January 15 and July 15, 2017

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: 

Office of Naval Research - Science and Technology Funding Opportunities

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is constantly looking for innovative scientific and technological solutions to address current and future Navy and Marine Corps requirements. We want to do business with educational institutions, nonprofit and for-profit organizations with ground-breaking ideas, pioneering scientific research and novel technology developments. The following list includes currently active broad agency announcements (BAAs) and funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) each announcement provides technical and contracting points of reference.

Featured Job Opportunities

Division Director, Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings, EHR
National Science Foundation - Arlington, VA

Application deadline: January 18, 2017

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

Lab Manager:

Faculty Position in Biology
Lyman Briggs College, Michigan State University
Application Deadline: January 20, 2017

Open Faculty Positions in Biology and Chemistry
Ouachita Baptist University
Application Review Begins: January 20, 2017
► For more information and how to apply, please see the following link under "J.D. Patterson School of Natural Sciences" here.

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.

Assistant or Associate Professor of Evolutionary Medicine
Baylor University

Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor of Tropical Disease Biology
Baylor University

Lecturer in Biology (2 Positions)
Baylor University

Associate Director
Claremont Colleges Center for Teaching and Learning  

Assistant/Associate Professor of Biology-Molecular Biology
Stockton University, New Jersey
► For more information, please see the following link.  

Teaching Consultant
Carnegie Mellon - Eberly Center 

Instructional Designer
Chaffey College
Application Deadline: March 17, 2017  

Associate Director (2 Positions)
Columbia University - Center for Teaching and Learning

Inclusive Excellence Specialist
Cal Poly Stat University
San Louis Obispo

Learning Experience Designer
Boston University - Center for Teaching and Learning  

Director of Academic Support - Medical School
American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine,-academic-support/job?mobile=false&width=890&height=500&bga=true&needsRedirect=false&jan1offset=-480&jun1offset=-420 

Assistant/Associate Director of STEM Initiatives
Brown University

Program Director, STEM Education Research - Math
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)  

Associate Director
Northeastern University
The Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research

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

Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences (2 Positions)
University of Delaware  

Instructional Developer
Western Carolina University

Assistant or Associate Faculty Specialist for Faculty Professional Development
University of Hawai'i at Manoa

Center for Education Innovation & Learning in the Sciences | UCLA

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