Save the Date (and RSVP!) - 
CEILS Annual Faculty Workshop on
Best Practices in Teaching

DATE: Wednesday, September 20, 2017
LOCATION: 158 Hershey Hall
This is a full day event. A detailed agenda will be available in the coming weeks.

Join CEILS for this annual event for faculty and instructors where we explore current data on student outcomes at UCLA, provide evidence-based strategies for inclusive teaching, and offer opportunities for collaborative discussion and resource sharing. Topics will include the pedagogical elements of effective course design and student-centered teaching strategies that incorporate active learning and create inclusive classroom environments. Many of the instructional techniques will focus on facilitating peer learning and other collaborative activities in large enrollment classes. Concurrent sessions will provide opportunities for workshop participates to engage in discussions with campus experts about specific pedagogies, instructional modalities (hybrid/online), assessment approaches, and other resources supporting undergraduate instruction.

Congratulations to Dan Blumstein, 2017 Gold Shield Faculty Prize Winner 

The Gold Shield Faculty Prize is a $30,000 award given to a mid-career faculty member with extraordinary achievement in teaching, research, creative activity and service to the university. In his 16 years at UCLA, Blumstein has received only the highest marks from his peers, who praise his creativity and collegiality in teaching and his groundbreaking research skills. 

You are invited to apply for the 2018 Faculty Learning Program: Redefining the College Lecture !

The start date is January 2018 with a two day, in-person, kick-off workshop where participants are introduced to research on education STEM practices and to interesting strategies and technologies for use within a STEM lecture course. We continue to build off this workshop throughout winter and spring quarters , by taking part in a series of seven 1.5-hour synchronous, online interactive workshops , as well as asynchronous, online reflective discussions that occur during alternating weeks. Instructors will redesign a version of the course that they will teach in the fall. Fall (2018) focuses on running the redesigned course and provides opportunities to analyze videos of classroom instruction where new active learning strategies have been implemented within the community context of the program.

Faculty participants will receive a $1500 stipend for their engagement in the program and help pay for any necessary technology or materials needed for their redesigned course. There is approximately 50 hours of work over 3 quarters. Space is limited to 6 UCLA faculty and 6 Community College Faulty. 

For more information visit:
Application Deadline is: Friday, October 13, 2017 at 5 pm.
On Campus Events
Advancing Faculty Mentoring Practices Workshop
Friday, September 22, 2017 | 158 Hershey Hall

Faculty interested in sharpening your mentorship skills: the 2nd annual  Advancing Faculty Mentoring Practices will be on September 22 nd , 8:30 – 1:30 PM in Hersey Hall 158.  The workshop is hosted by the Graduate Programs in the Bioscience and CEILS and is adapted from the 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 (CEILS), Diana Azurdia (GPB), and Shanna Shaked (CEILS) all of whom are seasoned facilitators of the curriculum. Food will be provided.

RSVP by September 1 st  at Space is very limited, please RSVP if you are sure that you can attend the entire session.  Additionally, please forward this invitation to other faculty who might be interested in the offering.
For more detailed information please contact Rachel Kennison at
Are you teaching Fall Quarter? CEILS is here to help!

CEILS will be offering the following "Bringing Theory to Practice" Workshops from September 21st - 29th :
  • Increasing Student Engagement Through Interactive Polling (iClicker)
  • The Art of the Well-Developed Question (for clickers or assessment)
  • Flipping Your Class With Camtasia: A Tool for Interactive Screencasts
  • Introduction to CCLE: Tools and Strategies for Course Design
  • How to Write Learning Objectives to Motivate Students and Optimize Instruction
To learn more and RSVP for these workshops visit our website:

Also from September 21 - 29, CEILS will hold drop-in office hours from 1- 3pm in 168 Hershey Hall. Bring your syllabus, assignment drafts, or activity ideas and get feedback from a member from our team. No RSVP required.
Postdoctoral Scholars & Graduate Students

Join the CIRTL community to access resources and events.
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CIRTL @ UCLA - Fall 2017 Programming

Graduate Students and Post Docs: CIRTL Fall Programming is here! For detailed information about CIRTL, visit:

For a list of courses, workshops and events being offered, visit: . To access and enroll in these courses, workshops and events, please create a log-in and register on the  CIRTL Commons.

Online Course: An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching

The Massive Open Online Course(MOOC): An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching is designed to provide you with effective teaching strategies and the research that supports them, as well as how to collect and analyze evidence of student learning. The online course provides you with videos and asynchronous interaction with CIRTL participants across the network. The UCLA in-person Learning Community is a supportive, interactive environment to practice the theory.
The Intro MOOC runs October 2 - Nov. 17
Registration for the online course is now open. Enroll Now!
*Sign up for the in person UCLA Learning Community by September 25 th at the following link:

For more information on CIRTL@UCLA, please visit our site at:
If you have any questions, please contact our program coordinator Dr. Rachel Kennison at

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 

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

Resource: A favorite listserv for STEM education news: Subscribe  to STEM|PROF
Hiring and Onboarding Diverse Talent: Where are the Gaps?

Recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff talent must be a key priority for colleges and universities. However, hiring diverse and high-performing talent can be challenging due to limited resources, perspective, and commitment.
Values Affirmation Intervention Reduces Achievement Gap between Underrepresented Minority and White Students in Introductory Biology Classes
Hannah Jordt, Sarah L. Eddy, Riley Brazil, Ignatius Lau, Chelsea Mann, Sara E. Brownell, Katherine King, and Scott Freeman
CBE Life Sci Educ September 1, 2017 16:ar41; doi:10.1187/cbe.16-12-0351

A short, scalable values affirmation intervention reduces the achievement gap between underrepresented minority students and white students in an introductory biology course.
Student Feedback on Quality Matters Standards for Online Course Design

A study asks students to share about the impact of effective use of the Quality Matters framework on their experiences in online courses, with positive findings outlined in several areas. 
Student Course Evaluations Get An 'F'

A study of course evaluations finds that instructors who are better teachers, as measured by their students' grades in later classes, get lower ratings from their students.

How to Be an Ally to New Minority Scholars

Here are some key strategies for white faculty members who are mentoring new minority colleagues.
Online Education: Heading Toward the Future

Online learning has reached a tipping point in higher education. It has grown from a peripheral project of early tech adopters or a practice of the for-profit industry into an accepted way of delivering education that is now deeply embedded in the majority of colleges and universities. In a March 2017 survey conducted for The Chronicle of Higher Education by Maguire Associates, 1,287 administrators involved in online learning and decisions about online learning reported on the growth of online education at their colleges and universities. The findings demonstrate the maturing of online education and how its positive effects have ramifications for the wider educational system. 
Evaluating Discipline-Based Education Research for Promotion and Tenure
Due to the interdisciplinary nature of DBER and its involvement of social science, senior STEM faculty members may find it challenging to evaluate the quality or impact of DBER scholarship. The authors of this essay aim to address this issue by providing guidance on evaluating the scholarly accomplishments of DBER faculty members in a way that is useful to departmental colleagues and administrators during the tenure and promotion evaluation process.
Predicting Which Undergrads Will Succeed in Chemistry -- And Which Might Struggle

A tool developed by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis shows whether chemistry students tend to extrapolate from concepts or rely on memorization. The difference can predict how well they fare academically.
Hey Higher Ed – Why Not Focus on Teaching?

In a new book,  Carl Wieman continues his efforts to spark systemic changes in how universities teach science. ( nprEd )
National Events & Conferences
Save the date for these upcoming webinars from the Summer Institutes Webinar Series: Scientific Teaching in Practice [ONLINE]

Inclusive Teaching
Friday, September 29, 3-4 PM Eastern time (12-1PM Pacific time)
Featured Guest: Kimberly Tanner
Facilitator: Beth Luoma, Ph.D. - Helmsley STEM Education Program Director, Yale University
Further details will be available in the fall.  

Measuring the Impact of Scientific Teaching
Friday, October 13, 3-4 PM Eastern time (12-1PM Pacific time)
Featured Guest: Jenny Knight
Facilitator: Tracie Addy, PhD, MPhil – Howard Hughes Medical Institute Program Director, Associate in Faculty Teaching Initiatives, Yale University
Further details will be available in the fall. 
SABER West 2018
January 13-14, 2018
UC Irvine

Please email CEILS Media & Communication at if you are interested in attending or will be presenting at this conf erence so we can coordinate group transportation. Some resources may be available to partially support attendees who present posters or talks and agree to carpool. So let us know if you’re planning to attend!

Interested in presenting? Submit your abstract here by Sept 8th!

Photo: UCLA participants and presenters at SABER West 2017
Diverse Talent and Recruitment Conference
September 25, 2017 - September 27, 2017
Denver, Colorado

In this training, you will learn strategies you can use to improve your candidate search, hiring process, and retention of diverse talent. This event combines lecture, small group consulting, and working time to ensure that you leave with a working plan to bring back to your campus.
2017 California STEAM Symposium
Dec 10-11, 2017
San Francisco, CA

The 2017 California STEAM Symposium (formerly the STEM Symposium) convenes nearly 3,000 educators from across California for ongoing rigorous, collaborative, and inspiring professional learning and resources to support high-quality science, technology, engineering, art, and math instruction for all students.
Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)
November 1-4, 2017
Phoenix, AZ

When you attend the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), you join one of the largest communities of underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students attend this conference to present their research, explore graduate schools, and network. Research faculty and program directors play an essential role in mentoring students and strategies for facilitating student success.
61st Annual ACUBE Meeting
October 20, 2017 - October 21, 2017
Columbia College, South Carolina

Submit your proposal on any topic related to college and university biology education today. View the call for proposals to find out the basic types of presentations you can choose from.
2017 POD Network Conference -  Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education
October 25, 2017 - October 29, 2017
Montreal, Quebec
2017 AAC&U Transforming STEM Higher Education: Discovery, Innovation, and the Value of Evidence
November 2, 2017 to November 4, 2017
Westin St. Francis
335 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA  94102 
Featured Job Opportunities


Instructional Designer, UCLA Excellence in Pedagogy and Innovative Classrooms (EPIC) Program
University of California, Los Angeles
► Learn more here .

Postdoctoral Position in Chemical Education
UC San Diego
► Learn more about the position and how to apply here .

Biology Science Education Faculty Position
Brigham Young University
► Learn more about the position and how to apply here .

Postdoctoral Researcher in Science Education
Science Education Research Group at Florida State University
► Learn more about the position and how to apply here .

BIOE Engineering Education Fellow
Stanford School of Engineering and Medicine

Fixed-Term Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
College of Natural Science, Michigan State University
[Application review begins September 5, 2017, and will continue until position is filled.]

(Two) Postdoctoral Researcher in Physics, Biology, or Chemistry Education
Center for Advancing STEM Teaching, Learning and Evaluation, Rochester Institute of Technology
►View the job description and apply online at: , Job # 3288BR

Postdoctoral Position: Biology Education Research
University of Washington
► Learn more about the position and how to apply here .

Postdoctoral Fellow: Biological Sciences
Purdue University
► Learn more about the position and how to apply here .

(Three) Postdoctoral STEM Education Research Associate Positions
STEM Education Research at Michigan State University
► Learn more about the position and how to apply here .

(Two) Postdoctoral Research Associate Positions
Western Michigan University
► Learn more about the position and how to apply here .

Full-Time Lecture with Potential for Job Security (LPSOE)
University of California, Davis
► Learn more about the position and how to apply here .

Contract/Grant Professor (Open Rank) of Science Education
Western Michigan University
► Visit to apply; Posting Number: 0604095


Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Dept. of Education
Tufts University School of Arts and Sciences
► Learn more about the position find application instructions  here .

Fixed Term Instructor in Biological Sciences Program
Michigan State University
► Learn more  here .

Assistant Director of Chicago Center for Teaching
University of Chicago

Assistant Professor of Professional Practice
Office of STEM Education at Rutgers University

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

Senior Researcher in STEM and Education Policy
Mathematica Policy Research
Connect with UCLA's Center for Education Innovation & Learning in the Sciences

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