Programming for Postdoctoral Fellows

Post doctoral seminarThe Centre for Teaching Excellence offers an intensive program for Postdoctoral Fellows called the Teaching Development Seminar Series.  The program introduces participants to key topics in university teaching and learning, and connects them with resources on post-secondary teaching. The program consists of six seminars, as well as optional activities such as individual work and course design consultations. The seminars provide interactive and hands-on experience for participants and employ a variety of teaching and learning activities, such as group work, videos, and discussions. This program is primarily intended for postdoctoral fellows who have not participated in any teaching development activities during their graduate studies. Participants who complete the program will receive a certificate of completion. 

Participants who complete the Teaching Development Seminar Series will:

  1. Draw on theoretical knowledge about teaching, learning and assessment in higher education to inform their teaching
  2. Articulate their approach to teaching by preparing a statement of teaching philosophy
  3. Begin to design a course by following the course design process that emphasizes the alignment between learning outcomes, teaching and learning activities and assessments
  4. Feel more confident and knowledgeable as university teachers

Participants who complete the series are also given certification.

The series is often offered twice a year, in the winter and fall terms. In addition to the Teaching Development Seminar Series, Postdoctoral Fellows are welcome to attend our faculty and graduate workshops offered throughout the year.

Interested in attending?

If you are interested in attending a Teaching Development Seminar Series in the future, please contact Jessica Jordao to be added to a mailing list. While on this list, you will receive any details pertaining to future offerings of the Teaching Development Seminar Series.

January 2017 Schedule




Teaching Development Series Orientation Monday, January 16 9:00-9:30
CTE501 How Students Learn Monday, January 16 9:30-11:30

CTE196 Statements of Teaching Philosophy

Tuesday, January 17 9:00-10:30
CTE503 Assessing Learning Wednesday, January 18 9:00-10:30

CTE504 Interactive Teaching

Wednesday, January 18 10:45-12:15
CTE502 Motivating Students Thursday, January 19 9:30-11:00
CTE505 Introduction to Course Design Friday, January 20 9:30-11:30

The seminar series includes the following six sessions, all of which must be completed during the given time frame. You can find details about the sessions to be offered in January 2017 below:

Postdoctoral Fellows are also welcome to attend workshops for Faculty and Staff. However, these workshops cannot be substituted for the workshop series. 

Fast fact: Over 130 Postdoctoral Fellows have completed the Teaching Development Seminar Series.

Upcoming events

Our Events Calendar lists upcoming events for full-time and part-time faculty, instructors and teaching staff. Postdoctoral fellows are welcome to attend these events, unless otherwise noted (for example, some events are just for New Faculty or another specified group).


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