Please join us in congratulating
2017 My Last Lecture Award Recipient:

Professor Joshua Samani

UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy

Over 50 years ago, the "My Last Lecture" award was established to honor a UCLA professor who inspired students. Every year, the Alumni Scholars Club asks students from all over campus to vote for their favorite professor, the one whose teaching has inspired them the most. These notable UCLA professors were given the chance to put all of their life lessons and advice for students into one “last lecture.”

Hosted by the Alumni Scholars Club (ASC), this year’s award ceremony and lecture took place on Tuesday, May 16 from 7-9pm in the De Neve Auditorium

Congrats, Professor Samani, and thank you for your inspirational teaching!  

To see past recipients of this award and watch their lectures, please see the UCLA Alumni website here.

NSF 2017 STEM For All Video Showcase: Research and Design for Impact

This year, the 2017 STEM for All Video Showcase will feature 171 videos from 478 presenters and co-presenters representing a broad range of topics related to improving STEM teaching and learning in formal and informal environments. The showcase will take place from Monday, May 15 through Monday, May 22, during which time there will be active discussion and multiple forms of voting and sharing through social media.

View the video showcase at the following link:
Sign Up! Grad Students and Postdocs - Entering Mentoring Training (EMT) Program
Thursdays, June 29 - August 31, 2017 | 9:00 - 10:30am

The EMT program seeks to develop a mentoring ethos by providing leadership, mentorship and diversity sensitivity training to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. EMT is associated with UCLA's Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) program, which offers teaching development support for future faculty. Although EMT is not for course credit, those who complete the training program will receive a certificate of completion for engaging in the CIRTL@UCLA professional learning community. 

RSVP to attend by May 22nd at

- For more information about the EMT program, see the website:
For questions please contact Rachel Kennison ( ) or Diana Azurdia ( .
- To register for CIRTL, please go to

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:
  • May 19 | Dr. Rachelle Crosbie-Watson, Professor in the Dept. of Integrative Biology and Physiology, will present, " Exploring Approaches to Achieve Meaningful Learning in an Online Course." To view a description of her talk, please view the event listing here.

  • June 9 | Dr. Bill Grisham, Dept. of Psychology
    *Happy hour to follow the last journal club from 4-6pm at the Plateia Restaurant Bar within the Luskin Conference Center.

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!

Upcoming Events 
HERI Summer Institutes
June 21-23, 2017

Registration is now open for the HERI Summer Institutes, in conjunction with the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies’ conference, Learning Together: Practitioners and Scholars in Partnerships.
  • Pedagogical Approaches to Teaching Diverse Community College Students
    June 21-23, 2017

    The Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA invites community college faculty from all places/regions in California to join us this summer to talk about our pedagogical practices, and to learn how to become more effective instructors. Community colleges are wonderfully complex institutions where terms take on a different meaning than they do in the four-year context.

  • CIRP Data Institute
    June 21-23, 2017

    In this intensive, hands-on, three-day program you will learn how to design, analyze, and report your own study using CIRP data. You will also learn about the latest research findings on relevant issues ranging from retention and student-faculty interaction to campus climate and diversity.

  • Social Network Analysis Institute
    June 22-23, 2017
    The Social Network Analysis (SNA) Institute offers participants the opportunity to learn key network concepts (e.g., centrality, extensity, and power) and to conduct sophisticated network analyses with software that is freely available to the public.

  • STEM Institute
    June 22-23, 2017
    This two-day workshop will feature the latest findings on best practices in postsecondary STEM education. 
Register for any of the conferences mentioned above at:

Transforming Research in Undergraduate STEM Education (TRUSE) Conference
July 5-9, 2017 | University of St. Thomas, Minnesota

This conference will bring together researchers in undergraduate STEM education to transform and integrate research across disciplines. View the website for more information.

Join the STEM DBER Alliance!
Building a cross-disciplinary STEM DBER community that will advance and disseminate knowledge and theory that promote learning and success for all students across STEM fields. For more information on the Alliance and how to join, please see the following flyer.

2017 Gordon Research Conference on Undergraduate Biology Education Research (UBER)
July 9-14, 2017 | Stonehill College, Easton, MA
Application Deadline: June 11th

Education research in undergraduate biology teaching and learning has led to significant advances in our understanding of how teaching, assessment and other undergraduate education practices can be changed to improve student learning as well as persistence in programs, particularly for students from underrepresented minority (URM) populations. This conference will bring together researchers, practitioners, and national leaders to discuss how new research and trends are improving undergraduate biology education for all.

To view the meeting program and to register, please see the website here:

2017 Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER) National Meeting
July 21-23, 2017 | University of Minnesota

SABER is the professional society of biology education researchers. This meeting will have keynote addresses from leading researchers, concurrent talks, poster sessions, and round-table discussions.

Making Meaning through Modeling: Problem Solving in Biology
July 23-28 ,2017 | Michigan State University
Application Deadline: April 23rd

At this summer workshop participants will explore how to engage students more productively with models and the process of modeling. 

The summer workshop is appropriate for faculty teaching all levels of undergraduate biology, quantitative biology, and life science-oriented mathematics, including advanced high school and AP Biology.  Discussion topics range from effective pedagogical approaches, to sharing excellent resources, and building community around effective use of models. 

To learn more about the event and how to register, please see the website here:

ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators
July 27-30, 2017 | Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
Application Deadline: June 21st

Now in its 24th year, the ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE) gathers more than 350 microbiology and biology educators for an interactive four-day conference. Educators come from colleges, universities, and international institutions to learn and share the latest information in the biological sciences and education research.

The Conference program includes plenary, concurrent, poster, and exhibit sessions. Participants engage in formal and informal small group discussions between colleagues all focused on the same goal: to improve teaching and learning in the biological sciences.

To learn more about the event and registration, please see the event site here:

2017 SENCER Summer Institute
August 3-6, 2017 | Stony Brook University, New York
Deadline to propose a poster or session is May 19th

In addition to the newest iterations of core sessions on course design and research-based approaches to learning, SENCER has announced a slate of plenary speakers such as Fotis Sotiropoulos (Stony Brook University), Elyse Eidman-Aadahl (National Writing Project), and Davis Asai (HHMI) who will lead the program and address a variety of these critical areas:

  • conversations about the changing landscape for civic engagement as a pedagogical approach,
  • educational synergies between STEM and the humanities,
  • strategies for scaling STEM education reform efforts,
  • challenges related to diversity and inclusion in science, and
  • examples of the impact of SENCER practice on career advancement.
The institute also will feature a special panel focusing on communities of transformation. The panel will include Karen Kashmanian Oates (SENCER), Rick Moog (POGIL), and Myles Boylan (NSF).

Read more about the plenary speakers and register for the event:
An Unprecedented March for Sciences | Science Magazine

As hundred of thousands joined some 600 gatherings around the globe, local concerns blended with a unifying message of support for science.

How Professors Can Improve the Engagement of Students in the Classroom | STEM Diversity Network

Provoking a bit of anxiety in students during class time may help students stay engaged.

Why You Should Care About Remedial Math | Inside Higher Ed

60 percent of new U.S. freshmen in the United States are assessed as unprepared for college-level work, most commonly in math. This has major implications for nearly all departments across campus.
There's No Snoozing in Class with this Chemistry App | Smithsonian

A new app,  Chem101,  allows students to interact with and respond to an instructor in real time, and receive automated feedback to use in later classroom discussions .
Professional Development
Postdoctoral Scholars & Graduate Students
CIRTL Summer Workshops:

Developing a CV or Resume
June 22 and 29 | 8-9:30am PT

In this two-part online workshop, participants will learn how CVs and resumes vary for academic positions, non-academic positions, and grant applications. After learning about strong CV content, style, and organization, participants will develop long form academic CVs and short form resumes, and then refine them through a collaborative peer review process.

Registration will be open from 11AM Central Time on May 29 through June 14. Cap of 60 students.

In this online workshop, we will look at the various elements of game design that can help engage and motivate students such as collaboration, autonomy, purpose, competition, feedback, and scaffolding. As a group, we will explore activities that are based around familiar game formats, design frameworks around existing games re-purposed to address specific learning objectives, and examine how to embed game structures within a course's design.

Registration will be open from 11AM Central Time on June 5 through June 19. Cap of 100 students.

Call for Applications!

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 California State University 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 CSULA. 

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

Opportunities for Funding & Collaboration
Scholarship Opportunities to the 2017 Fall Conference on Case Study Teaching in Science
September 16-17, 2017 | Buffalo, NY

One scholarship given to one person in each of the three categories: 1. Post-Doctoral Fellow/Graduate Student, 2. K-12 Teacher, 3. College Faculty Member

Please see the following page for more details and application instructions.

NIH Bridges to Baccalaureate Program (R25)

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH.  The over-arching goal of this National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) R25 program is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical research workforce.

To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Courses for Skills Development, Research Experiences, and Curriculum or Methods Development. A program application must include each activity, and describe how they will be synergized to make a comprehensive program.

The Bridges to Baccalaureate Program is intended to provide these activities to community college students to increase transition to and completion of Bachelor's degree in biomedical sciences. 

Click here for a link to the program website.

The internal deadline for the program is June 19, 2017 Click here for link to LSO Portal to apply:

Featured Job Opportunities

New Listings:

Assistant Professor of Professional Practice
Office of STEM Education at Rutgers University
► Apply online at:

Director of Professional Development in Teaching and Learning
University of Wisconsin-Madison

► Apply online at:

Previous Listings:

Senior Program Coordinator, Graduate and Postdoctoral Programs
Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching, Northwestern University
Job ID: 30826

Assistant Director of Academic Support, STEM
Southern New Hampshire University
► Read more about job qualifications and apply here.

Assistant Director and Product Manager for Instruction Design of STEM Initiatives
Southern New Hampshire University
► Read more about job qualifications and apply here.

Writing Specialist and Lecturer in STEM Writing and Communication
Focus: Engineering and Applies Sciences
California Institute of Technology

Assistant Director of STEM Center
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Assistant Director of STEM Learning and Teaching
University of La Verne

STEM Instructional Technology Coordinator
Big Bend Community College

Instructor Pool - Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of California, Los Angeles
Application Deadline: June 26, 2017

Learning and Technology Specialist Position
Center for Teaching and Learning at Georgia Tech

Senior Researcher in STEM and Education Policy

Mathematica Policy Research

Coordinator STEM Undergraduate Career Development

Savannah State University

(Full-time) Instructor for Introductory Mathematics for Life Science Majors - LS20, LS30A/B Series
University of California, Los Angeles
Recruitment Period: Open until filled

Center for Education Innovation & Learning in the Sciences | UCLA

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