Upcoming Panel Discussion: Building Inclusive and Safe Classrooms in Light of Recent Election - December 13, 2016 from 12- 2pm in Hershey Hall 158
CEILS invites you to join us for a panel discussion intended to:
  • Increase the understanding of faculty, teaching assistants, and academic staff as to what some students are experiencing in response to the election
  • Provide resources and tools to support faculty in making their classrooms more inclusive for all students
Similar to the Cross-Check Live hosted on November 10th, we will provide a space for instructors and staff in the Life and Physical Sciences to discuss the impact of the election on students and reinforce the importance of incorporating inclusive teaching practices in the classroom along with resources to do so.

Date: December 13, 2016
Time: 12-2pm
Location: Hershey Hall 158
Light lunch will be provided.

Panelists will be updated on our website as they are confirmed:

Save the Date!  CEILS Special Seminar: Visiting Scientific Teaching Scholar 

Dr. Timothy McKay
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of  Physics, Astronomy, and Education
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts,
University of Michigan presents:

" Why Learning Analytics: Personalizing Education at Scale"

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
4-5pm, 154 Biomedical Sciences Research Building
Winter Quarter is Just Around the Corner - Start Planning Your Courses Now

Mon. Dec 5th, 12-2pm: Syllabus Design Workshop: Tips & Strategies for Planning Your Course for Winter Quarter  Location: Hershey Hall 164 

Tues. Dec 6th, 1-3pm: Introduction to iClicker Polling Software for Improving Student Engagement Get set-up with the iClicker software and learn some tips and strategies for efffective implementation and question design. Location: 4100 Terasaki Life Sciences Building

Wed. Dec 7th, 12-2pm: How to Design Compelling Multiple Choice Questions for Polling (iClickers) and Assessment.  Learn strategies for constructing effective multiple choice questions. Location: Hershey Hall 164 *This workshop may also be helpful to attend if you attend the Dec. 6th workshop on introducing iClicker software to develop clicker questions.

Please click here to RSVP to one or more of these BTtoP workshops 

Help Get the Word Out About LS110 - Career Exploration in the Life Sciences
UCLA has so many talented students who start out with intentions to major in the sciences, but for different reasons do not end up staying in the sciences. One way that UCLA is working to address this issue is through a course called LS110 - Career Exploration in the Life Sciences, a 2-credit upper division course where students learn about the many options available to them if they graduate with a degree in science.

Please help us get the word out! We have created a video with student testimonials about the course and FAQs are available as well.  Here are some ways you can help:
  • Option 1: Show this video in your class and encourage students to check out the course
  • Option 2: Post the link below in CCLE for your students to view, or email it to them and encourage them to check out the course
  • Option 3: Watch the video yourself so you can make an announcement about the LS110 course and share the direct link to the website with students who want to learn more during class 
This video and additional information are available at:

If you have any questions, or would like to invite the instructor to come to your class this quarter or next to talk about the course, please email Rachel Kennison at

Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) :
Photo Contest! Share your best fieldwork photos!

Deadline : Wednesday, December 14

In an effort to expand their visual communication, NCSCE is launching a series of photo contests to source and highlight images that convey the broad scope of our community, their commitment to active learning strategies, and their  belief in learning by doing.

For their first contest, NCSCE is seeking photos of students in the field. Does your course involve data collection at a local waterway? Do your students observe animals in their natural habitats? Does your campus have a student-run pollinator garden or grow its own produce?

Images that capture students engaged in fieldwork tell a larger story, and demonstrate, in a way that words alone cannot, how reformed teaching makes a difference.

For contest rules and guidelines, please see the following link .
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:
  • November 25, 2016 | No Journal Club Today (Thanksgiving – University Holiday)

  • December 2, 2016 | Heather Tienson, Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, will present a talk titled "How the intentional design of a concept inventory can target instructional improvements.

  • December 2nd will be the last meeting for the fall quarter. Journal club will resume again in January. 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 
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.
SABER West 2017 (Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research) 
January 14-15 , 2017, UC Irvine
Learn more and register online.  - Registration is close to full, do not wait!
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
Abstract submission due by December 16
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
Session proposals due November 7 | Abstracts for poster presentations due February 15 
Learn more and register online.

PULSE Fellows have published their first paper, "The PULSE Vision & Change Rubrics, Version 1.0: A Valid and Equitable Tool to Measure Transformation of Life Sciences Departments at All Institution Types"

The PULSE Vision & Change Rubrics, version 1.0, assess life sciences departments’ progress toward implementation of the principles of the Vision and Change report. This paper reports on the development of the rubrics, their validation, and their reliability in measuring departmental change aligned with the Vision and Change recommendations. The rubrics assess 66 different criteria across five areas: Curriculum Alignment, Assessment, Faculty Practice/Faculty Support, Infrastructure, and Climate for Change. The results from this work demonstrate the rubrics can be used to evaluate departmental transformation equitably across institution types and represent baseline data about the adoption of the Vision and Change recommendations by life sciences programs across the United States.

Read the full paper here.

Transforming Midterm Evaluations into a Metacognitive Pause

Allowing midterm evaluations to be a time for students to reflect on their own learning progress provides teachers with more-detailed and thorough feedback.

New Engaging Mathematics Teaching Manual Explores the Calculus of Milkweed and Monarchs

Engaging Mathematics has published manuals that help teachers incorporate civic issues such as sustainability, climate change, and water pollution into statistics, algebra, modeling, and other mathematics courses. Dr. Rikki Wagstrom, an Engaging Mathematics Institutional Partner and Associate Professor of Mathematics at Metropolitan State University, published a teaching manual containing two modules for use in either a standard Calculus I-II sequence or a one-semester applied calculus survey course.

Addressing a "Threat in the Air": How Stereotypes Affect Our Students and What We Can Do About It

The threat of confirming a racial or gender stereotype in the classroom leaves many minority students with stress and anxiety. This article outlines ways to combat stereotype threat.

How can universities keep minorities in STEM graduate programs?

More universities are  supporting minority students  by building campus communities and providing positive role models in their field. 

Nudges That Help Struggling Students Succeed

Some teachers are using  research-based teaching methods  that build trust in minority students, acknowledge students' self worth, and emphasize intelligence as fluid and growing.
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

HHMI Launches New Program for Early-Career Scientists

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) announced a new program to recruit and retain early-career scientists who are from gender, racial, ethnic, and other groups underrepresented in the life sciences, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Through an open competition, HHMI plans to select scientists early in their training to become Hanna H. Gray Fellows. Each fellow will receive funding for up to eight years, with mentoring and active involvement within the HHMI community. In this two-phase program, fellows will be supported from early postdoctoral training through several years of a tenure-track faculty position. In the first competition cycle, HHMI will select up to 15 fellows and invest a total of up to $25 million for their support over eight years.

Applicants may obtain more information at

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

Instructional Consultant - Focus on Graduate Student Instructor Development
College of Engineering, University of Michigan

STEM Scholar and Director of the Office of STEM Education Partnerships (OSEP)
School of Education and Social Policy (SESP), Northwestern University
Application Deadline: December 1, 2016

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

Asst. Director Faculty Instructional Development
UC Irvine  

TA Professional Development Specialist
UC San Diego

Teaching & Learning Development Specialist
UC San Diego

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.  

2 Positions - Learning Engineer; Teaching Consultant
Carnegie Mellon - Eberly Center  

Post Doc in Environmental Science and Educational Research
University of Wisconsin-Madison  

Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Specialist
Vancouver Island University  

Instructional Designer
Chaffey College  

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

Inclusive Excellence Specialist
Cal Poly Stat University
San Louis Obispo

Instructional Consultant - Engineering Graduate Instruction
University of Michigan
Job ID: 133600  

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  

Instructional Designer
Grand View University- Des Moine, Iowa  

Assistant/Associate Director of STEM Initiatives
Brown University

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

Center for Teaching and Learning Director
Ross University School of Medicine,-center-for-teaching-&-learning-(student-success-center)/job?mobile=false&width=848&height=600&bga=true&needsRedirect=false&jan1offset=-480&jun1offset=-420  

Associate Vice President for Assessment
University of the Sciences
Philadelphia, PA

Postdoctoral Fellow In Bioeducation, Dept. of Biological Sciences
University of Texas, El Paso | Requisition #3048  

Teaching and Learning Specialist
University of Iowa

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

Assistant Director of Faculty Development
St. Gorge's University  

Associate Director for Science
Bok Center for Teaching and Learning
Harvard University - Boston, MA  

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  

Director of Assessment
Purdue Libraries
Purdue University  

Director for Graduate and Postdoctoral Teaching Initiatives
Yale University

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

2 Positions - Instructional Designer
University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Center for Education Innovation & Learning in the Sciences | UCLA

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