Fall Quarter Begins!

CEILS would like to extend a welcome to all new instructors, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars who are joining the UCLA community for the first time or beginning new roles in teaching this quarter. Welcome to UCLA!

We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you that the CEILS team of experienced staff and instructional consultants are here to help you with your  teaching. You can view information about the services we provide, upcoming events, and resources on our website at  We are working to update our new website to incorporate many new teaching resources that were developed for our most recent Faculty Workshop on Best Practices in Teaching. Check back frequently for new ideas, subscribe to our bi-monthly newsletter for updates and announcements, and connect with us if you need any help incorporating evidenced-based, student-centered teaching strategies into your courses. 

Photo: Rachel Kennison and Jess Gregg representing CEILS at OID's 2016 TA Resource Fair. 

NSF INCLUDES Award to Support UCLA Collaboration with CIRTL
"CIRTL INCLUDES - Toward an Alliance to Prepare a National Faculty for Broadening Success of Underrepresented 2-Year and 4-Year STEM Students" is one of 37 projects receiving funding from NSF to pilot an alliance-driven approach addressing national challenges in undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) participation. The INCLUDES grant submission was organized by the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), a prestigious national network of universities that supports the professional development of graduate students and postdocs in STEM . UCLA joined the CIRTL network in 2016.

For this proposal Erin Sanders, Director of CEILS, together with Robin Garrell, Dean of Graduate Division and Vice Provost for Graduate Education, collaborated with a team of institutional leaders from seven universities across the CIRTL network, including the lead institution, University of Wisconsin-Madison. This collaborative project aims to improve career pathways for STEM graduate students and postdocs.

CEILS Assistant Director Jess Gregg along with Marc Levis-Fitzgerald, Director of the Center for Educational Assessment in UCLA's Office of Instructional Development, will take the lead in launching this project. Building on UCLA's current relationships with regional two-year and four-year institutions in southern California, a focused dialogue on assessment and action planning will examine how regional partners can best work together to support the teaching development of future faculty, and ultimately broaden participation and improve student success in STEM. 

View full press release.

Deadline for the UCLA IRACDA Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications (UPLIFT program) extended to September 30th

The UCLA Postdocs Longitudinal Investment in Faculty Training (UPLIFT) Program supports postdoctoral scholars in the sciences who have a demonstrated interest in teaching, research, and supporting diversity in STEM fields. 

Learn more about the program and how to apply:

100+ Faculty Join CEILS for 3rd Annual
"UCLA Faculty Workshop on Best Practices in Teaching"

CEILS hosted the third annual Faculty Workshop on Best Practices in Teaching on September 14th. The day-long event featured sessions on UCLA's undergraduate students and their current barriers to academic success and persistence in STEM fields. Throughout the day, session facilitators highlighted inclusive and equitable teaching strategies designed to support student success as well as using backwards design to organize a single lesson or an entire course. Participants practiced writing learning outcomes, were exposed to a variety of active learning strategies, and considered multiple ways to assess student learning. Concurrent sessions provided a choice of topics for participants to explore in more depth including group work and collaborative instruction, question writing, concept mapping, and classroom technology supporting hybrid and flipped learning environments. Additionally, representatives from multiple campus units came to highlight their programs and services and offer additional resources to support all instructors in their teaching at UCLA.

Thank you to all who helped make the event a huge success!

Photo: Jordan Moberg Parker highlights strategies for effective ass essment of student learning.

DBER Fellow Position in the Department of Life Sciences Core Curriculum at the University of California, Los Angeles

The Department of Life Sciences Core Curriculum (LS Core) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) invites applicants for a position of Postdoctoral Scholar in discipline-based education research (DBER), curriculum development, and instruction. This position is a full-time, 12-month appointment, with a start date preferred by October 1, 2016. Salary range is $43,692 to $53,160, commensurate with experience. This appointment is for one year and is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) program. Renewal for an additional year is possible, contingent upon successful performance and continued funding.

The Postdoctoral Scholar, hereafter referred to as a DBER Fellow, will work with a team of biology education scholars, whose academic focus is on teaching, instructional development, and education research, and research faculty, whose primary teaching responsibility is in one of three introductory life science courses: Cell and Molecular Biology (LS7A), Genetics, Evolution and Ecology (LS7B), and Physiology and Human Biology (LS7C).

See details and apply by Sept. 30th:

Requesting Proposals: SENCER-ISE Partnership Champions - eMentorship Project

The National Center for Science and Civic Engagement requests proposals for Partnership Champions: SENCER-ISE and Professional Development Through Mentoring to Enhance Learning Environments. Through SENCER-ISE, the National Center explores and evaluates ways to support sustainable partnerships between informal science and higher education professionals around issues of civic consequence, such as invasive species and habitat loss, public understanding of genomics, and how children learn.

The SENCER-ISE Partnership Champions initiative will provide one-year sub-awards to five cross-sector partnerships. Each sub-award will provide $10,000 for awardees to begin the process of planning and establishing an ongoing collaboration. As part of the award, the partners will participate in an eMentorship consultation (via online video conference services) from an experienced SENCER-ISE partner on selected topics, such as project planning, institutionalizing the partnership, identifying audience outcomes to guide evaluation, and navigating conflicting schedules. Awardees will also have opportunities to interact with members of other partnerships and the larger SENCER network of faculty and administrators.

Applications must be submitted online by 9:00am ET on September 26, 2016.
For additional details regarding the eMentorship Project and for links to proposal guidelines and the application itself, please see the program website.

Journal Club
CEILS Journal Club for STEM Education Research |
Core Member Learning Community Meetings 

Fridays from 2:00 – 3:00 PM   Location:  1100 TSLB   

Upcoming Journal Club Presentations:
  • September 30, 2016 | Shanna Shaked, CEILS Senior Associate Director and Physics and Astronomy Lecturer, will present the following paper by D. Yeager, G. Walton, S. Brady, E. Akcinar, D. Paunesku, L. Keane, D. Kamentz, G. Ritter, A. Duckworth, R. Urstein, E. Gomez, H. Markus, G. Cohen, and C. Dweck (2016) "Teaching a lay theory before college narrows achievement gaps at scale" PNAS 113(24), E3341-E33448. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1524360113
  • October 7, 2016 | Mark Espinola, Gradehub CEO and Founder, will present an Instructional Technology Demonstration
  • October 14, 2016 | Christopher Lee, professor in the Departments of Chemistry and
    Biochemistry and Computer Science.
  • October 21, 2016 | Courtney Clark, graduate student in the department of Psychology.
  • October 28, 2016 | Francie Mercer, post-doctoral scholar in the department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics.

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 post-docs are welcome to participate!

Upcoming Events 
Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education: Implications for 21st-Century Society
Nov 3-5, 2016, Boston, MA
Register by Oct 5 for best rate
SABER West 2017 (Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research) 
Jan 14-15 , UC Irvine
Submit abstracts by Sept 30, registration opens Oct 10
Emerging Engagement Scholars Workshop:
A pre-conference event of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium Annual Conference
October 9-10, 2016 , Omaha, Nebraska
International Symposium on Biomathematics and Ecology Education and Research (BEERS)  
October 14-16, 2016, College of Charleston, North Carolina
Teaching Computation in the Sciences Using MATLAB
October 23-25, 2016, Carleton College, Northfield, MN
Learn more and register online.
80th Annual Meeting of the  Southern California Branch of the American Society for Microbiology (SCASM)
October 28-29, 2016, Hyatt Regency, La Jolla, CA

Seeking Public Comments on STEM Education Indicators Report
The public is invited to provide feedback on a draft National Academies report regarding national indicators to monitor undergraduate STEM education. Click through to download the report and offer comments. 

SFES Influence Teaching Practices of Dept. Colleagues
Departments are increasingly hiring Science Faculty with Education Specialties (SFES) to help improve undergraduate science education. According to a recent study, SFES report their strongest impact is influencing other faculty's teaching practices.

A New Approach to General Chemistry 
Researchers from Washington State University and CU-Boulder present a model for undergraduate chemistry curriculum development based on five important questions and offer a new general chemistry course -- CLUE: Chemistry, Life, the Universe, and Everything -- as an example of materials developed in this way.

CIRTL MOOCS - Enrollment is open!! Join the Learning Community!
“An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching” is an open, online course designed to provide future STEM faculty, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows with an introduction to effective teaching strategies and the research that supports them.  The goal of the eight-week course is to equip the next generation of STEM faculty to be effective teachers, thus improving the learning experience for the thousands of students they will teach. 
Graduate students, postdocs, and faculty from UCLA as well as our neighboring 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities are welcome to participate in the MOOC and attend the weekly local learning community meetings at UCLA, Tuesdays 4-6 pm in 168 Hershey Hall for 8 weeks from Sept. 27th - Nov. 15th.. Please RSVP to join the local learning community by contacting CEILS Media & Communications (

This online course prepares science, technology, engineering, and mathematics instructors to develop and implement teaching practices that advance the learning experiences and outcomes of both students and teachers. While this course is currently in progress, you can view course materials at any time.
CEILS will be offering a learning community for this course when it is offered again in the spring.

Registration Now Open - Space Limited!

Creating Assessments and Evaluation Plans
Learn techniques to help you assess what your students are actually learning
Course schedule:  Tuesdays, October 4 through November 15
Online meeting times: 12-1:30PM ET/11AM-12:30pm CT/10-11:30AM MT/9-10:30AM PT

Instructors:  Mary Besterfield-Sacre and Julie Breckenridge, University of Pittsburgh

Diversity in the College Classroom: Teaching the STEM Undergraduate
Develop inclusive teaching practices to support all STEM learners
Course schedule:  Thursdays, September 29 through December 1
Online meeting times: 11AM-12:30PM ET/10-11:30AM CT/9-10:30AM MT/8-9:30AM PT

Instructors:  Jean Alley, Vanderbilt University; Robin Paige, Rice University

Professional Development
Post-Docs & Graduate Students

Preparing Future Faculty

Based on continuing interest and requests from graduate students and postdocs for more information about careers in the full spectrum of American higher education, Dr. Arlene Russell will again be offering the Preparing Future Faculty program this year. Although listed as a Chemistry course, the information is general and meets the needs of all future STEM faculty. All are welcome.  Grad students may sign up for or audit the course; postdocs are welcome to audit.

All lectures are on Tuesdays in Fall Quarter 2016 from 11:30am-12:50pm in Young Hall 2033.
View the course syllabus here: PFF Fall-Syllabus-2016.

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

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 apply to be a pilot institution, please see: 
Job Opportunities

LS Core Postdoctoral Scholar for LS7A/B/C
Life Sciences Core Curriculum

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

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Biological Sciences Program (

University of Maryland

Director of Assessment
Purdue Libraries

Purdue University

Senior Education Research Consultant
Center for Educational Resources in the Sheridan Libraries
John Hopkins University

Physics Instructor Needed (2 Positions)
Los Angeles City College
►For more information please see this link.

Public Engagement Project Director, AAAS
Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology, AAAS

Policy Research Fellow at AAC&U
Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U)

Center for Education Innovation & Learning in the Sciences | UCLA

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