Effective Teaching for Academic Careers Seminar Series

This nine-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 developing a teaching philosophy statement for academic job applications.

  • Attending a minimum of seven seminars fulfills the Postdoc Teaching Seminars requirements for the CIRTL@UB Associate Level Certification.
  • Graduate students must also attend the Conference for Graduate Teaching Assistants.

Each seminar will be followed by a learning community meeting.

 

Example Schedule (Spring 2021)

Name

Department

Date

Title

Description

Carl Lund

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Feb. 8, 2022

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

Center for Assessment and Teaching Transformation

Feb. 15, 2022

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.

Rebecca Rotundo

Center for Assessment and Teaching Transformation

Feb. 22, 2022

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.

Cynthia Tysick University Libraries

March 1, 2022

4-4:50 p.m.

Finding Educational Research to Advance Your Teaching This session will focus on the effective use of library resources (both physical and digital) to find literature and existing knowledge about teaching and learning issues, in a discipline or more broadly. Outcome: Participants will reduce the time spent finding education research that is relevant to their teaching preparation and practice.

Jacqueline Conroy

Graduate School of Education

March 8, 2022

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 Assessment and Teaching Transformation

March 15, 2022

4-4:50 p.m.

Facilitating Effective Group Work

Group work can effectively mimic the professional environment that includes team- and project-based work. However, most students' class experiences with it are frustrating and inefficient. In this workshop, you will get an overview of tools and techniques you as a facilitator can use to create a better group work learning experience.

Kelly Ahuna Director of the Office of Academic Integrity

March 29, 2022

4-4:50 p.m.

Handling Academic Integrity Matters This session will review the fundamental role of academic integrity in the learning process. Ensuring that students submit original work is critical for all instructors to guarantee that real learning and fair evaluation are taking place. In this workshop, we will discuss (1) prevalent causes of academic dishonesty, (2) common cheating scenarios, (3) UB’s Policy and Procedures for handling incidents, and (4) helpful tips to prevent cheating in your classroom.
Namsook Kim
Graduate School of Education

April 5, 2022

4-4:50 p.m.

Designing and Practicing Inclusive Teaching This session will review what diversity is and why it is important to address it in college teaching and learning environments. Participants will discuss key principles and strategies toward inclusive and impactful teaching of students with diverse backgrounds.

Carl Lund

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

April 12, 2022

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.