This Wednesday 3rd Annual Faculty Workshop on Best Practices in Teaching
RSVP Deadline today by 5pm
Date:   Wednesday, September 14, 2016  
Time:   All day event 
Location:   Hershey Hall Room 158

Click   here   to view details about the workshop, including full agenda, and to RSVP through the CEILS website.

Description:  The workshop will address select topics in science and math education appropriate for instructors who either are relatively new to college teaching or who have instructional responsibilities in the large enrollment gateway courses for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) majors.   All ladder and non-ladder faculty hired by departments and interdisciplinary programs for the Life and Physical Sciences are invited to participate in this workshop . The format and emphasis of the workshop has been modified from previous years, so even if you have participated in this workshop before, you might consider attending again this year and learning something new!
There is no charge to register and attend this workshop.  A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please be sure to RSVP so we can have an accurate count for materials and food. 

We hope you will be able to join us for part, if not all, of the day!

Event sponsored by the Deans of Life and Physical Sciences, UCLA College.

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:

Thank you to all of the Teaching Assistant Consultants (TACs) and Faculty Advisors who attended the Educational Development Workshop on August 31st -- our inaugural train-the trainer workshop for the Life and Physical Sciences!

CEILS was thrilled to host the inaugural train-the-trainer workshop designed for the TACs in the Life and Physical Sciences. TACs and faculty advisors explored data around the need for improving inclusivity and equity in UCLA undergraduate courses and were provided with models (and practice strategies) to teach several specific pedagogical techniques (including wait-time, stretch-it, open-ended questions, group work facilitation, and more) to hundreds of Teaching Assistants taking the 495 TA training courses this academic year. We plan to regroup with the TACs and faculty advisors later this fall to support implementation and training needs as they begin to model and teach these skills in their departmental 495 courses.

Faculty will hopefully see the benefits of this training over time, as TAs have the opportunity to practice some of these concrete skills that have been found to make classrooms more inclusive and equitable for all students in the Life and Physical Sciences. 

UCLA Faculty: Submit your ideas and help disseminate your important work in STEM education! A Call to Action: Incorporating Active STEM Learning Strategies into K-12 and Higher Education

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has issued a call to action to participate in a nationwide effort to meet the goals of STEM for All through the use of active learning at all grade levels and in higher education. OSTP is seeking commitments to implement active learning strategies in STEM fields, and they are also interested in actions and efforts that will encourage others to do so, including: (1) incentives for PK-12 educators and higher education faculty to implement active learning strategies, (2) investment in professional development opportunities for instructors at every level of education, and (3) training materials and resources for educators to promote the help them use active learning.

Submit your ideas by September 23, 2016.
For more information please visit the website of The White House .

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   

Save the date! The first journal club will take place on September 30th with a presentation from CEILS Director, Erin Sanders. A full schedule for the Fall will be posted shortly on the CEILS website (

Faculty, instructors, post-docs and graduate students all welcome to attend!

Upcoming Events 
Advancing Faculty Mentoring Practices Workshop

September 16, 2016
8:30-1:30pm | 158 Hershey Hall

The Undergraduate Research Center (URC)- Sciences and Graduate Programs in Bioscience (GPB) invite you to participate in a workshop "Advancing Faculty Mentoring Practices" on September 16th, 8:30 - 1:30 PM in Hersey Hall 158.  The workshop aims to enrich current mentoring practices by providing mentors with an intellectual framework and opportunity to experiment with various methods of mentoring, while offering a forum in which to solve dilemmas. The workshop expands each mentor's knowledge through exposure to the experiences of the entire group, which will enhance readiness to work with diverse trainees and anticipate new situations.  The workshop is adapted from curriculum developed by the Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching and is supported by the NIH National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.  The workshop will be facilitated by Drs. Beth Lazazzera (MIMG), Rachel Kennison (URC Sciences) and Diana Azurdia (GPB) all of whom are seasoned facilitators of the curriculum.

Faculty can choose to participate in two of the breakout session topics below:
1.            Effective Communication
2.            Aligning Expectations
3.            Equity and Inclusion
4.            Assessing Understanding

This workshop is an extension of an ongoing initiative at UCLA titled Entering Mentoring Training which seeks to provide mentoring and diversity sensitivity training for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. We hope you will join us for the faculty workshop on September 16th (food will be provided).

Space is limited, please RSVP by September 1st at

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
ASM M(icro)OOCs  Improving Microbiology Students’ Quantitative Skills
Online Course - includes 4 live sessions
Register by Sept 21
Building Research Programs at Predominately Undergraduate Institutions
Online Course

Register by Sept 21
Teaching Computation in the Sciences Using MATLAB
October 23-25, 2016, Carleton College, Northfield, MN
Learn more and register online.
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
80th Annual Meeting of the  Southern California Branch of the American Society for Microbiology (SCASM)
October 28-29, 2016, Hyatt Regency, La Jolla, CA

17th Annual Conference on Case Study Teaching in Science 
Presented by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science -University of Buffalo  
Date: September 16-17, Ramada Inn & Conference Center, Amherst, NY
Learn more and register online.  
Why do so many women who study engineering leave the field?
Published in the Harvard Business Reveiw

Flipping Large Classes: Three Strategies to Engage Students
Study on Microagressions: Black Academics Expected to "Entertain" When Presenting
Published by Research at Vanderbilt University

CIRTL MOOCS - Enrollment is open!!
“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, post-docs, 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!

Teaching with Technology
Learn how to enhance your STEM teaching with a range of classroom technologies
Course schedule:  Tuesdays, September 13 through November 22
Online meeting times: 3-4:30PM ET/2-3:30PM CT/1-2:30PM MT/12-1:30PM PT

Instructors:  Robert A. Linsenmeier, Northwestern University; and Sabrina Kramer and Stephen M. Roth, University of Maryland

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
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 Collaboration
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

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.

Assistant/Associate Director for STEM Initiatives
Brown University

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)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Biology Education
Michigan State University, Plant Biology Department
[Application Review begins June 20, 2016 and continues until the position is filled]

Center for Education Innovation & Learning in the Sciences | UCLA

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