Prepare for a future teaching career with University 400C Future Faculty

Seminar for graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and fellows

Graduate students considering a career in teaching can sign up for the University 400C Future Faculty Preparation Seminar as a first step in the process. UNIV400C is a non-credit seminar.

Postdoctoral scholars and fellows (appointed through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs) also can enroll as space permits. If you have questions about your enrollment eligibility, contact

Taught by experienced teachers and a seasoned graduate teaching assistant, the seminar will give participants the chance to learn effective teaching strategies that are useful across major disciplines. The focus will be on both face-to-face (on ground) classroom and laboratory settings, as well as online settings.

Through small group discussions, journal assignments and micro-teaching sessions, participants can learn and try out successful teaching strategies for use in the traditional classroom setting and online.

Participants will be expected to read assignments, complete a weekly journal, plan and teach a mini lesson and participate in all discussions.

This eight-session seminar will take place Tuesdays and some Thursdays on the following dates: June 13, 15, 20 and 27 and July 11, 18, 25, and 27. The last session will be taught through an online asynchronous setting, meaning that students will interact online with their instructors.

Enrollees can choose from one of two sections: from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., or from 1 to 2:15 p.m.

The text for these sessions is How Learning Works: 7 Research-based Principles for Smart Teaching by Susan A. Ambrose, Michael W. Bridges, Michele DiPietro, Marsha C. Lovett and Marie K. Norman. Students will be given the textbook, courtesy of Educational Services for Students (ESS) and the School of Graduate Studies.

Students will enroll via the Student Information System. Postdocs and fellows can enroll by contacting the School of Graduate Studies at

Questions should be directed to Judy Hammer, director of ESS, or Elise Geither, associate director of ESS, at 216.368.5230 or