CEILS Annual Faculty Workshop on
Best Practices in Teaching

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
158 Hershey Hall, 8am - 5:30pm

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 effective course design and student-centered teaching strategies that incorporate active learning and create inclusive classrooms. 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.

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
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
  • Classroom Observation Workshop (COPUS)
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 for drop-in hours.
Postdoctoral Scholars & Graduate Students

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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
Now is the Time to Think About Accessibility | ChronicleVitae

The line between what we think of as normal practice and special accommodations is a thin one, and it’s often based on very little of substance. No matter our students’ ability, we need to try — within reason — to eliminate barriers that keep them from fully participating in our courses. We need to work to ensure that students have every opportunity to succeed. That’s true whether our students are disabled or not.
The Biggest Misconceptions about Today's College Students | New York Times

You might think the typical college student lives in a state of bliss, spending each day moving among classes, parties and extracurricular activities. But the reality is that an increasingly small population of undergraduates enjoys that kind of life.
Multiple Factors Work Together to Drive Women from STEM | Inside Higher Ed

In a new  working paper , Georgetown University researchers explored what drives women who entered a STEM major to switch to something else. Their findings, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, show that the answer is a complex combination of factors, including the environment, perception of the major and grades. It also showed that previous theories don’t always hold up.
Online Tool Assists Underrepresented Students, Faculty in STEM | Insight Into Diversity

An innovative new resource at U W–Madison makes it easier for underrepresented students to find a mentor in STEM disciplines.
National Events & Conferences
New from ASEE: Streamlined Course Design [Online Program]

This fall, the American Society for Engineering Education is launching a live, four-part, instructor-led online program to help STEM faculty streamline their course design process and design more effective courses. The program will be led by course design experts Dr. Karl Smith and Dr. Ruth Streveler.  Learn more about this program here  – and sign up for a  free info session  on September 15. Questions? Email
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!

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.
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
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.
2017 AAC&U Transforming STEM Higher Education: Discovery, Innovation, and the Value of Evidence
November 2, 2017 to November 4, 2017
San Francisco, CA   94102  
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.
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Fulltime Tenure Track Microbiology / Molecular Biology Instructor
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Postdoctoral Research Associate Position in Undergraduate STEM Education Research
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
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BioMed Faculty Affairs: Molecular Biology, Cell Biology & Biochemistry (MCB)
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Assistant/Associate Director for STEM and Professional Schools
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HHMI Inclusive Excellence Biology Education Postdoctoral Fellowship
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Vanderbilt University
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University of Notre Dame

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Associate Director for the Center for Integrative Natural Science and Mathematics
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Fixed-Term Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
College of Natural Science, Michigan State University
[Application review begins September 20th, 2017, and will continue until position is filled.]

Postdoctoral Position in Chemical Education
UC San Diego
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Postdoctoral Researcher in Science Education
Science Education Research Group at Florida State University
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BIOE Engineering Education Fellow
Stanford School of Engineering and Medicine
[Application review begins October 15, 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
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Postdoctoral Position: Biology Education Research
University of Washington
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Postdoctoral Fellow: Biological Sciences
Purdue University
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(Three) Postdoctoral STEM Education Research Associate Positions
STEM Education Research at Michigan State University
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(Two) Postdoctoral Research Associate Positions
Western Michigan University
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Full-Time Lecture with Potential for Job Security (LPSOE)
University of California, Davis
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Contract/Grant Professor (Open Rank) of Science Education
Western Michigan University
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