Effective Teaching for Academic Careers Seminar Series

This seven-week seminar series is held during the spring semester and is offered to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, on various topics in teaching and learning. These sessions cover everything from how to engage and motivate students to how to utilize technology to increase student learning.

Attending all seven sessions fulfills the "teaching seminars" requirement for the UB CIRTL Associate Level Certification.

Check back soon for the spring 2022 schedule and details.

Example Schedule (Spring 2021)

Name

Department

Date

Title

Description

Carl Lund

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Feb. 23, 2021

4-4:50 p.m.

Essential Elements of Effective University Teaching

This session will provide an overview on how college students learn and what college teachers should do to support their learning. Essential issues include engagement and motivation, learning goals and strategies, creating learner-centered environments, understanding learning processes and designing active learning tasks.

Cathleen Morreale

Office of Educational Effectiveness

March 2, 2021

4-4:50 p.m.

The Syllabus: A Contract Between Faculty and Students

A good syllabus will help your students understand what the goals and objectives of the course are, what they will do in your class to progress towards achieving those goals, and the assessments used by you to evaluate their progress and to improve your own teaching effectiveness. In this seminar, we will discuss how to develop good learning objectives, how to develop objectives appropriate for the level of the students, and how to assess student achievement.

Noemi Waight

Graduate School of Education

March 9, 2021

4-4:50 p.m.

Biking as a Medium and Technique for Socially Just STEM Teaching and Learning

This discussion will focus on how to expand teaching and learning beyond the classroom walls and engage the wider community in our teaching and research. Join us to hear about practical examples of activities that exemplify the mutually beneficial learning through diverse perspectives. Throughout this session we will consider how we all might design engaging activities that allow students to learn from the diverse perspectives in the communities around us and, ensure that these activities are socially just and inclusive of the knowledge, and expertise that resides in our local spaces. 

Rebecca Rotundo

Center for Educational Innovation

March 16, 2021

4-4:50 p.m.

Active Learning

This introductory workshop will give an overview of active learning and discuss barriers to adoption. Participants will learn the definition of active learning and the rationale for incorporation of active learning activities into instruction.

Jacqueline Conroy

Graduate School of Education

March 23, 2021

4-4:50 p.m.

The Benefits of Inclusive Teaching

University at Buffalo is a highly diverse institute of learning. As an instructor, you will be working with students from every walk of life, each coming in with varied knowledge, abilities, and skill levels. In this workshop, we will be examining how our pedagogy and practices affects student learning. Through inclusive teaching and differentiated instruction practices, we can reach more students and ensure they feel welcomed, secured, and comfortable in any learning environment. By the end of our discussion, you will be able to (1) define inclusive teaching and differentiated instruction, (2) identify the benefits of diversity in the college classroom, and (3) recognize and incorporate different inclusive teaching methods into your own practice.

Rebecca Rotundo

Center for Educational Innovation

March 30, 2021

4-4:50 p.m.

Ensuring Effective Group Work

Group work in the college classroom is common, and dreaded. This workshop will give practical tips on how to plan and manage student group work and encourage for more successful experiences for your students and a more pleasant time for instructors.

Carl Lund

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

April 6, 2021

4-4:50 p.m.

Teaching as Scholarship: Becoming the Next Generation University Faculty

This session will introduce the notion of scholarship of teaching and learning and how it complements traditional scholarship in specific disciplines. Participants will examine latest literature on university teaching and know essential competences for university teaching. Participants will also develop a teaching philosophy (or teaching statement) that may be used for faculty position application as well as tenure and promotion reviews.

The Graduate School is pleased to provide this resource in collaboration with the Office of Curriculum, Assessment and Teaching Transformation.