Pictured above are Director of the mini-grant Dr. Gina Poe (middle), and Co-Directors Drs. Megan McEvoy (right) and Erin Sanders (left).
UCLA part of 12 Universities to be awarded mini-grant from AAU towards Improving Undergraduate STEM Education 

UCLA is among 12 universities nationally to be awarded a grant from the Association of American Universities to fund workshops on campus over the next year to assess all programs that support and retain undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Read more in the UCLA Newsroom.
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.

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.

Announcing the 2017 UCLA Grand 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.

Grad Slam will take place this year from April 11 – 25, 2017 with information sessions and prep workshops starting as early as February 22, 2017.  First, second and third place winners in the UCLA competition will receive fellowships in the amounts of $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 respectively. There will also be an Audience Choice award in the amount of $500. The campus winner will advance to a UC-wide competition that will be held in San Francisco on May 4, 2017.

To learn more about Grand Slam and how to register for it, see the event website here .
CEILS Workshops - March & April

Click Your Way to Inclusive Classrooms!

i<Clicker or similar polling systems are tools that instructors can use to effectively implement active learning in the classroom. Well designed questions can provide instructors with real-time feedback to highlight misconceptions, increase curiosity, and prompt student peer discussion. 

Come and learn how to set-up the interactive polling system using i<Clicker. This session will include getting the instructor kit installed onto your computer, getting students set-up correctly the first week, best practices for question design and polling use, and general troubleshooting and Q&A.

Sessions will be facilitated by Jonathan Rodgers, Deb Pires, and Kristin Strong.

Bring your laptop and a flash drive . RSVP here and let us know if you will need an instructor kit. Your TA can accompany you, but should not be sent in your place. This workshop will be offered 3 times (please select one that best fits your scheule):
  • Monday, March 6:      10:00am - 11:00am          Hershey Hall, Room 164
  • Monday, March 13:    1:00pm - 2:00pm              Terasaki Life Sciences Building, 1100
  • Tuesday, April 4:        12:30pm - 1:30pm            Terasaki Life Sciences Building, 1100
*If you can not make one of the times above but need assistance getting set-up with i<Clicker, contact to schedule an appointment. 

Teaching Science in Today's Political Climate: 
Brown Bag Lunch & Discussion
This event continues the conversation from the CEILS "Forum on Inclusive Teaching in Light of Recent Election" held in December. 

Date: Thursday, April 6th from 12-1:30pm
Location: 158 Hershey Hall

Discussion Facilitators:
EEB Professor Michael Alfaro, EPSS Professor and Chair Jean-Luc Margot, and ISG Professor Aaron  Panofsky

Facilitators will present strategies they have been using in their classrooms to address issues of concern within the scientific community to students, followed by open discussion. A main goal of this discussion is to share ideas and teaching resources that can be adapted as needed and implemented across courses.

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:
  • 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 
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.

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.

Transforming STEM Higher Education: Discovery, Innovation, and the Value of Evidence
A Network for Academic Renewal and Project Kaleidoscope Conference
November 2-4, 2017 | San Francisco, CA

Workshop proposals are due Monday, March 27, 2017.

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.

2017 Network of Stem Education Centers National Conference
June 23-24, 2017 | Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans

Workshop proposals are due by Friday, March 10!

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

2017 Gordon Research Conference on Undergraduate Biology Education Research (UBER): Improving Diversity, Equity, and Learning in Biology Education
July 9-14, 2017 | Stonehill College, Easton, MA

Submit you applications by June 11, 2017!

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
Learn more and register online.

New Report - Examining the Impact of Undergraduate Research Experience for STEM Students

"Undergraduate Research Experiences for STEM Students: Successes, Challenges, and Opportunities" (2017)

A new  report  from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine examines the evidence on undergraduate research experiences (UREs) and recommends more well-designed research to gain a deeper understanding of how these experiences affect different students and to examine the aspects of UREs that are most beneficial. 

How to Handle Three Common Demands from Students in Large Courses

Trying to meet student demands such as providing practice exams or access to lecture slides before class can be difficult. This article provides some simple solutions to address these. (Tomorrow's Professor) - Drastically Increasing the Number of Underrepresented Minorities Taking AP Computer Science

In partnership with The College Board, is trying to more than double the number of number of underrepresented minorities taking the AP Computer Science test. (Tech Crunch)

Female-only "Nerd" Dorm Helps Keep Women in Engineering

Virginia's Tech's dorm for women students in engineering has helped to improve retention in the major and create a sense of community. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

How Instructors' Teaching Practices Influence Student Success

A recent report explores the gap between  evidence-based teaching practices and the methods  that undergraduate instructors typically use. ( Inside Higher Ed )

The report is titled "Unpacking Relationships: Instruction and Student Outcomes" and can be viewed in full here.

Workshops open for Registration in March!

Learning Through Diversity
Wednesday, April 12 | 11:30a - 1:00p PT

This workshop will help participants craft their own strategies for fostering inclusive research and teaching environments. Participants will discuss case studies from common research and teaching scenarios that graduate students and postdocs are likely to encounter, and they will draft their own statement on the value of diversity. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to develop a plan of action for their classrooms, and will have a paragraph statement on diversity that they could incorporate into existing teaching or research philosophy statements. Open for registration March 20 through April 5. No enrollment cap.

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.
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

Three Tenure-track Positions at Assistant Professor or Associate Professor Rank, Depts. of Eletromechanical Engineering Technology, Mathematics and Statistics, and Psychology and Sociology
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
[Open until filled; First consideration given to applications submitted no later than February 28, 2017]
►See the job description and how to apply here.

Senior Director for Undergraduate STEM Education
Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
Application Review: March 1, 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:

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

Center for Education Innovation & Learning in the Sciences | UCLA

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