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

Graduate students considering moving toward 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) may also enroll as space permits. Contact if you have questions about your enrollment eligibility.

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.

This eight-session seminar will take place Tuesdays and some Thursdays during the summer from 1 to 2:15 p.m. on the following dates: June 12, 14, 19 and 26, and July 10, 17, 24 and 26.

One session will be taught through an online asynchronous setting, meaning that students will interact online with their instructors.

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

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 pick up their textbook from ESS.

Students will enroll via the Student Information System. Postdoctoral scholars and fellows may enroll by contacting the School of Graduate Studies.

Questions should be directed to Elise Geither, associate director of Educational Services for Students, at 216.368.5230 or