Programming for Postdoctoral Fellows

The Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE) is here to help Postdoctoral Fellows at Waterloo develop their knowledge and skills as university instructors. Participants can take part in workshops and events to support their teaching or complete a professional development certificate.

Working on developing your teaching?

Postdoctoral Fellows who are new to teaching or who are interested in learning more before they teach, can participate in the Fundamentals of University Teaching program. The Fundamentals program introduces participants to evidence-based teaching strategies and provides hands-on opportunities to practice lesson planning and delivery skills. The program is designed for graduate students, but postdoctoral fellows new to teaching are also welcome to register.

This program is of no cost and is completed at participants' own pace, takes approximately 2-3 terms to complete, and must be completed by the end of the postdoc tenure. Upon successful completion of the program, participants receive a Certificate of Completion issued by CTE.

To register for the Fundamentals program, please complete the online registration form.

Teaching your own course?

Postdoctoral Fellows teaching their own course can participate in opportunities, including:

  • CTE’s Focus on Teaching Week takes place each October and includes faculty-level workshops on course design, effective written assignments, multiple choice questions, writing case studies, and more. Spaces are limited so register early in the fall.
  • The Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW), a 24-hour certificate program developed in Canada and recognized by many postsecondary institutions internationally. The ISW uses an intensive, collaborative model through videotaped microteaching and peer feedback sessions to support participants' teaching reflection and growth. Participants receive a Certificate of Achievement.
  • To receive feedback on their teaching from a trained observer, Postdoctoral Fellows can request a teaching observation by contacting Trevor Holmes or Mary Power
  • The Teaching Squares Program is ideal for those interested in broadening their exposure to different teaching techniques and styles by taking part in reciprocal classroom visits with other instructors. 

Preparing for an academic job application?

Postdoctoral Fellows who are preparing an academic job application, may register for CTE's workshop on Statements of Teaching Philosophy (CTE2196) offered each term. You can also contact Kristin Brown to schedule a one-to-one consultation on a draft of your materials.

Interested in teaching research?

Postdoctoral Fellows interested in learning more about teaching research may attend the annual Teaching and Learning Conference to learn with instructors as they share their research, teaching strategies, and more in interactive workshops, panel discussions, and presentations exploring learning and teaching.

Questions?

If you have questions about CTE programs, contact Monika Soczewinski, CTE Program Coordinator for Graduate and Postdoctoral Programs.

View CTE's 2018-2019 Annual Report (accessible PDF):

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Working on job application materials?

For feedback on your teaching dossier or teaching statement, schedule an appointment in advance with Dr. Kristin Brown

For feedback on research statements, make an appointment with the Writing and Communication Centre.

For feedback on cover letters and CVs, make an appointment with the Centre for Career Action.