CEILS Workshop! 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.

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.

CEILS takes part in NSF Includes: Envisioning Impact Video Showcase

Director of OID's Center for Educational Assessment Marc Levis-Fitzgerald, CEILS Director Erin Sanders, and CEILS Associate Director Jess Gregg have collaborated for a project which will be presented at the 2017 NSF INCLUDES: Envisioning Impact Video Showcase (March 20th-27th) at

We invite you to view this and other INCLUDES grant awardees' videos at, and join the conversation about the latest research in broadening participation in STEM education.

Announcing the 2017 UCLA Grad 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 extends our Congratulations!

Professor Donald Buth, in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology has been selected by the Academic Senate, Committee on Teaching to receive the Distinguished Teaching Award for Senate Faculty!
Jeffrey Maloy, one of our esteemed UCLA Graduate Students in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics has been elected to the American Society for Microbiology's 2017-2018 Council on Microbial Sciences!
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 21 | Mahtash Esfandiari, Statistics
  • April 28 | Liz Roth-Johnson, Niko Walas, Monique Gandawidjaja, LS Core
  • May 5 | Justin Shaffer, University of California, Irvine
  • May 12 | Nadia Sellami, URC-Sciences
  • May 19 | Gaston Pfluegl, LS Core

  • June 2 | TBD
  • June 9 | Bill Grisham, Psychology
    *Following the last journal club of the quarter, please join us for happy hour in Westwood 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! View more information on the "events" section of our website.

Upcoming Events 
Breaking Boundaries of STEM Education Research
April 7, 2017 | Loyola Marymount University

Building on the goal of increasing the number and diversity of undergraduate students in STEM pathways as well as improving those students' skill sets, the conference will be organized around three timely and important themes in STEM education:

  1. Equity
  2. Problem Solving
  3. Computational Thinking
UCLA Professor in the Department of Statistics, Vice-Chair of Undergraduate Studies, and Director of the Center for Teaching of Statistics-  Dr. Rob Gould will be attending the conference as a plenary speaker.

"We Are All Data Scientists"

Merge data with computational thinking, and what do you get? Data Science. We are constantly surrounded by data and we need to be thinking about how to infuse this into our courses in all STEM fields. In this talk, I'll show you a number of initiatives that are using data science to improve computational thinking in math and science at high school and collegiate levels. I'll cover the promises of a data-literate society, and also discuss the challenges we face.

For more information and to register, please see the event website at
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.

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
May 31 - June 3 , 2017 , Loyola University Chicago
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
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 your application by June 11, 2017.

2017 PKAL STEM Leadership Institute
July 11-30, 2017 ; Multiple dates
The Claggett Center, Adamstown, Maryland

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.
Making Meaning through Modeling: Problem Solving in Biology
July 23-28, 2017 | Michigan State University
24th Annual ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators
July 27-30 , 2017 , The Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel , Denver , CO
Learn more and register online.
National STEM Education Research and Practice Summit
October 16-17, 2017 | Purdue University

Summit proposals must be submitted by April 7 at the following link .
Presenters will be notified of the decision on their submission by May 5. All accepted presenters must register by June 30.

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.

New Report Examines the Impact of Undergraduate Research Experiences for STEM Students | National Academies

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.

Time-to-Credit Gender Inequities of First-Year PhD Students in Biological Sciences | CBE Life Sciences Education

A study on doctoral students in the biological sciences, the most gender-equitable scientific field, found large gender disparities in hours spent on research and the number of authored and published articles.

Lenient Grades, Unreliable Grades | Inside Higher ED

Grading leniency may be the result of low grading reliability, some researchers argue. Poorly designed assessments may also play a role.

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.

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
James S. McDonnell Foundation - Teachers as Learners

The James S. McDonnell Foundation announces a new funding opportunity in 2017 that will fund education research on the science of teaching and expand our understanding of teachers as learners and as agents of change in education.

The goal of the  Teachers as Learners  program is to address contemporary challenges to research-based educational reform built on a scientific understanding of how teachers acquire and use knowledge, new curricula, and new approaches in their professional practice. The inaugural call for pre-proposals is focused on supporting team based research addressing the topic  teachers learning to facilitate communication in the classroom  (e.g., eliciting student explanations, guiding collaborative discussions, making effective use of questions).
More information about the program and application guidelines can be found on the Teachers as Learners web page:  .  
Teams interested in participating should submit a pre-proposal using the online application form by Wednesday, April 26, 2017 15:59 CDT.

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: 

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Postdoctoral Associate Position
Yale Center for Teaching and Learning
For full consideration: March 31, 2017 | Open until filled

Postdoc Position in Education Research
Teaching and Learning Research Center - University of California, Irvine

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 26, 2017

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