Preparing Future Faculty Workshops

Whether you are developing your teaching skills or starting your academic job search, as graduate students and postdocs you will find a variety of workshops aimed at helping you prepare for teaching in higher education. 

Academic Career Workshops

Most faculty positions are posted in the fall semester to start the following academic year. As such, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars going on the job market for faculty positions within the next year should prepare and submit their application packets in the fall semester. The spring career workshop series helps you sharpen your interview skills and prepare for job talks, just in time for on-campus interview season.

Spring 2018

Academic Job Search 102: Academic Interviewing and Job Talk | Friday, January 19 | 9:00 a.m. - noon | Peachtree Room, Student Center
At this workshop, you will investigate the academic job interview process, from the phone interview through the job talk. Alleviate anxiety by understanding the fundamentals for preparing an oral presentation for your next job interview or conference presentation. Bring your current CV and a sample job description to which you have applied. This session includes both academic interviewing and academic job talks.

Academic Interviewing | Friday, January 26 | 10:30 a.m. – noon | Piedmont Room, Student Center
In this session, we will discuss the purpose, format, and basics of the academic job interview. Get tips for handling the different components of the interview process from the screening phone interview through to campus visit. 

Academic Job Talk | Friday, February 2 | 10:30 a.m. – noon | Piedmont Room, Student Center
This workshop provides strategies and tips for preparing and delivering dynamic oral presentations. Understanding the fundamentals for preparing an oral presentation will help in alleviating some of the anxiety you may encounter when you present at your next conference or job interview.

Teaching Workshops for Future Faculty and TA Development

Students talking and studying around a circular table, as seen from above

The spring teaching workshop series includes four workshops delivered over two days, with the first two workshops on the last Friday in February and the last two workshops occurring on the last Friday in March. We welcome you to attend one or all of the sessions as your schedule allows. 

These workshops are aimed at graduate students and postdoctoral scholars who are teaching assistants and/or preparing for careers as faculty in higher education. While this workshop series contributes to the foundation-level learning outcomes for the Teach to Teaching certificate and the associate level CIRTL certificate, all are welcome regardless of membership in these certificate programs.

Spring 2018

Student Motivation for Learning | Friday, February 23 | 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Peachtree Room, Student Center 
This workshop contributes to Tech to Teaching learning outcome F2.1 
Every instructor understands that student motivation is a very real force that affects student learning. Do instructors have any influence over student motivation? This workshop will introduce participants to motivational theories that can help us understand student motivation in the classroom.

Diversity in the Classroom | Friday, February 23 | 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Peachtree Room, Student Center  
This workshop contributes to Tech to Teaching learning outcome 
Our classrooms are comprised of students with a wide variety of backgrounds and identities that affect their learning. Workshop participants will investigate how student diversity affects learning and will come away with specific techniques to enhance inclusive teaching. 

Evidence-based Teaching | Friday, March 30 | 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Piedmont Room, Student Center  
This workshop contributes to Tech to Teaching learning outcome 
"Tell me, I’ll forget. Show me, I’ll remember. Involve me, I’ll understand.” Is there any scientific support for this proverb? And, if so, how can we use these principles in the classroom? You’ll leave this workshop armed with a toolbox of evidence-based teaching techniques and the knowledge of how to use them to support student learning.

Classroom Assessment Techniques | Friday, March 30 | 10:30 a.m. – noon | Piedmont Room, Student Center 
This workshop contributes to Tech to Teaching learning outcome F4.2
Classroom assessment techniques (CATs) provide instructors with formative feedback about student learning. Participants will discuss the benefits of using CATs and will leave the workshop equipped with a variety of tools to measure the effectiveness of your next lesson.