UCLA, Cal State LA Work Together to Prepare Young Scientists for Teaching

Published in the UCLA Newsroom

Photo: 2016 UPLIFT fellows and program leaders at UCLA

When it comes to bioscience, the state universities that flank downtown L.A. — UCLA in the west and Cal State LA, to the east — are teaming up.

A new training program between the two schools will provide recently graduated UCLA doctoral students doing postdoctoral research with experience in integrating lab work with innovative teaching in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, commonly referred to as STEM, by having them teach at Cal State LA.

“Our combined UCLA/Cal State program will train a new generation of diverse, postdoctoral fellows in innovative teaching methods enabling them to become professors and more effectively educate under-represented college students,” said Michael Carey, the program’s co-director and a professor of biological chemistry at UCLA. “In turn, we will empower those students to enter the California and national workforce, where they can apply state-of-the-art approaches to contemporary problems in biomedical science.”

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

Last Call -Professional Development Opportunity for Faculty
($1500 Stipend Available for Participation)

UCLA faculty in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are invited to participate in a new program called Transforming College Teaching: Statewide Implementation of the Faculty Learning Program to Improve STEM Undergraduate Teaching and Learning.

The Lawrence Hall of Science and the Center for Teaching and Learning at  University of California-Berkeley  received an NSF IUSE grant to improve student achievement in STEM undergraduate courses through statewide transformation of college level teaching. STEM faculty from 2- and 4-year institutions are being recruited to participate in the Faculty Learning Program together to learn and improve their instructional practice, and build relationships and understanding of one another’s teaching and learning contexts. UCLA, along with regional community colleges with high transfer rates to local 4-year institutions, have been expressly invited to participate in this statewide program.

To learn more about the Faculty Learning Program and its commitments, please find more information here. To review the syllabus, please visit UC Berkeley's program information page.

If interested, please contact CEILS Associate Director, Rachel Kennison by Wednesday November 9th. 
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
POD Career Fair - Job Opportunities with Teaching & Learning Centers - List Available

The annual Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD) is holding a career fair at their conference in Louisville, KY on November 11th. Job opportunities from their conference announcement can be viewed here.  Several of these job postings (and more!) are also provided at the end of this newsletter for your convenience. 

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 11, 2016 | No Journal Club Today (Veteran's Day - University Holiday)

  • November 18, 2016 | Visiting Scientific Teaching Scholar Dr. Brian Sato, Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at the University of California, Irvine presents:"Examination of common assumptions regarding prerequisites and course assessments in STEM curricula"
    View the abstract for his talk on the CEILS website.

  • 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. 

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 

Issues of Interest to Women in Science Networking Lunch Series

These events provided an opportunity to connect with women faculty who are actively engaged in research across different disciplines, but who face similar career issues – come share your experiences.

Discussion Topic: Bullies in the Workplace

Discussion Led by:
Nancy Wayne, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Physiology
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research

Please click here to find the link the article “The Bully Pulpit: Bullies in the Workplace and How to Protect Yourself” This article will provide us with a jumping-off  point for discussion. Even if you don’t come to the meeting you might find this article of interest.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Gonda Building, Room 1357 
1st Floor Conference Room

Light lunch will be provided, please RSVP to ensure food for all.

SABER West 2017 (Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research) 
January 14-15 , 2017, UC Irvine
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 85004
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.

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.

Engineering Professors Say "Flipped Classroom" Approach Improves Learning

UW-Madison engineering professors have found that flipped classrooms allow students to better interact with the material during class time.

The Next Equity Challenge

Higher education faculty need to move from talking about equity to making it a priority in their practices and teaching methods.

Academia is Hard to Get Into. Everyone—Especially Women and Minorities—Should Still Try

Although there are not enough tenure-track jobs to match the  supply of new STEM Ph.D.s,  discouraging students from pursuing graduate school would disproportionately affect women and underrepresented minorities. 

Workshops Open for Registration:

Universal Design for Learning: Reaching and Teaching Diverse Learners
Wednesday, November 16 at 2-4PM ET/1-3PM CT/12-2PM MT/11AM-1PM PT

In this workshop, you will learn how to apply Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles to your teaching methods in a way that can reach a broader range of learners, and consider ways to apply UDL principles to reduce barriers to learning in their courses. Open for registration October 24 through November 7.

CIRTLCast Series:

Motivating Students, or It’s MY Job to Make them Want to Learn?! (Teaching in the US)
Join this session | Monday, November 14 at 11AM-12PM ET/10-11AM CT/9-10AM MT/8-9AM PT
Have you observed that your students don’t seem motivated in the classroom? Have you heard phrases such as “student engagement” or “six steps to motivate your students” and wondered what they mean for you? Join us to discuss and ask questions about theories of student motivation and student engagement pedagogies. Presented by Nabila Hijazi and Linda Macri, University of Maryland

Achieving Equity in STEM (CIRTL Reads)  
Join this session | Monday, November 14 at 2-3PM ET/1-2PM CT/12-1PM MT/11AM-12PM PT
November’s session looks at how to achieve equity in STEM courses by discussing the use of Modeling Instruction (MI) in introductory physics courses. MI encourages learning from a “participationist” perspective, using multiple sets of representational tools to develop models, as well as encourage student participation and collaboration. The article suggests that the odds of student success using MI-based instruction is nearly seven times greater than traditional lecture-based courses. Adam J. Blanford and Preston Cumming will be the discussants for this conversation.

The article for this month's discussion is:
Brewe, Eric, Sawtelle, Vashti, Kramer, Laird H., O’Brien, George, Rodriguez, Idaykis, and Priscilla Pamela. 2010. Toward equity through participation in Modeling Instruction in introductory university physics. Physical Review Special Topics – Physics Education Research 6:010106-1–010106-12.

All-Network Teaching-as-Research Presentations
Join this session | Monday, November 14 at 4-5:30PM ET/3-4:30PM CT/2-3:30PM MT/1-2:30PM PT
Listen to Teaching-as-Research practitioners from across the nation share their research findings. TAR students from Cornell University, Iowa State University, University of Georgia, University of Pittsburgh, and Texas A&M University will share their work on specific interventions carried out in STEM classrooms, as well as their findings on how those interventions impacted student learning.

This event is an excellent opportunity for prospective and current TAR students to learn more about the research process. We also encourage local TAR leaders and CIRTL leaders to attend to learn more about what's happening across the Network.

Professional Development
Postdoctoral Scholars & Graduate Students
Seeking Applicants!

UCLA Postdocs Longitudinal Investment in Faculty Training

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, through workshops and mentored teaching assignments at a partner institution.

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 partner institutions and to promote collaborations in research and teaching between faculty at partner institutions.

For more program information, and how to apply for an UPLIFT Fellow position, please see 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

Professional Development Services and Postdoc Scholar Initiatives Specialist
UCLA Graduate Division
[Application Deadline: November 9, 2016] | Requisition #24900

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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