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Graduate & Postdoc Instructor Development & Coursework

Teaching Commons is offering a variety of ways for you to enhance your skills as a communicator, educator, and learner. The following are professional development programs and courses offered over the academic year. For more information, or to discuss options, contact Dr. Jackie Shay at jshay@ucmerced.edu

Teaching Commons Pedagogy Program

Faculty-Led Pedagogy Coursework


Teaching Commons Pedagogy Program:

Level 1: TA Orientation

By participating in Graduate Orientation Week (GROW), you have already received your first level of the program! Congrats! 

Learning Outcomes 

  1. Identify strategies to promote equity and inclusion in the classroom.  
  2. Develop an awareness of the main roles and responsibilities of an instructor.  
  3. Reflect and respond to discussion prompts regarding teaching and learning concepts.  
  4. Recognize campus teaching partners, resources, and support systems. 

Download the Level 1 flyer here


Level 2: Principles of Pedagogy (Fall)

Fall 2022 will begin at the start of the semester. Stay tuned! 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Examine and discuss seven principles of learning and strategies for student success.
  2. Appreciate and reflect on new ideas in a spirit of open interaction and self-improvement.
  3. Assemble a personalized teaching toolkit of evidence-based strategies. 

Download the Level 2 flyer here.


Level 3: Advanced Pedagogy (Spring)

Ready for the next level?! To those of you who have completed "Level 2: Principles of Pedagogy", you are eligible for "Level 3: Advanced Pedagogy". This series is designed to prepare future instructors for their careers in teaching, covering lesson design, student-centered syllabi, teaching technologies, and more! In addition to the core content, each participant will customize their experience to meet their needs! Browse our available workshops to choose the pathway that is right for you! 

Click here to see a detailed overview of past Level 3 programming. 

Spring 2023 registration will begin at the start of the semester. Stay tuned!

Learning Outcomes

  1. Set a specific personal goal based on your teaching development interest.
  2. Demonstrate the alignment across learning outcomes, assessments, and learning experiences within a given lesson. 
  3. Implement an evidence-based lesson and/or academic technology strategies. 
  4. Collect evidence from the implemented lesson and/or academic technology strategy. 
  5. Analyze the impact of your implemented lesson on engagement. 
  6. Develop an individual teaching portfolio. 
  7. Present professional growth and development in reflections and a final presentation.

Download the Level 3 flyer here.


Faculty-Led Pedagogy Coursework:

Pedagogy: IH 203 with Dr. Eileen Camfield 

Designed to guide graduate students through a “teaching as research” paradigm, culminating in a teaching philosophy statement for humanities instruction. In addition, it is a practice and assessment course that provides graduate students with an applied experience with “teaching as research,” resulting in a set of teaching plans for humanities instruction.

Teaching and Learning: MATH 201 with Dr. Yue Lei

Students will be introduced to 'scientific teaching' - an approach to teaching science that uses many of the same skills applied in research. Topics will include how people learn, active learning, designing, organizing, and facilitating teachable units, classroom management, diversity in the classroom, and assessment design.

Teaching and Learning: QSB 201 with Dr. Petra Kranzfelder

Introduces 'scientific teaching' - an approach to teaching science that uses many of the same skills applied in research. Topics include how people learn, active learning, designing, organizing, and facilitating teachable units, classroom management, diversity in the classroom, and assessment design. This class is interdisciplinary and can be taken by graduate students in any program. 

University Teaching: QSB 399 with Dr. Petra Kranzfelder

Centered on a student’s classroom experiences as a Teaching Assistant in an undergraduate Biological Sciences course. Provides a faculty-directed opportunity to implement theories and methods learned in the course Teaching and Learning in the Sciences (QSB 201 or MATH 201). Involves video-taping of teaching, peer review, and weekly meetings with faculty to receive feedback on their teaching practices. Course participants must have at least a 25% teaching assistant position during the same semester. Prerequisites: QSB 201 or MATH 201

QSB 399: Course Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Implement and refine evidence-based teaching strategies into your course curriculum. 
  2. Develop a question about what is happening in your teaching context, collect evidence to gain insights, and share your results with others through poster presentations. 
  3. Review your teaching through classroom observation, survey, and/or interview data and reflect on expanding current beliefs, knowledge, and practices of teaching.
  4. Transfer applied teaching skills into other scientific professional activities, such as research posters, presentations, lab meetings, etc.