Stanford University
Postdoctoral Scholars

Undergraduate Teaching Series for Postdocs with SJSU, Spring 2017


We have partnered with the Stanford-SJSU IRACDA Program to bring Stanford postdocs seminars on teaching undergraduates. These seminars give postdocs boots-on-the-ground training in teaching at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution (PUI) like SJSU.

  • Open to ALL Stanford postdocs. 
  • Each Session is comprised of a 30-minute lecture and 1-1.5 hours of learning activities and discussion.
  • Two sessions will be held at Stanford. Four will be held at SJSU - web links for these sessions will be sent to registrants ahead of time.
  • Sign up for any sessions that interest you, and assignments/readings are optional.

Undergraduate Teaching Seminar, Live at Stanford:


Week 1: Learning Styles and Helping Students Learn
Dr. Brandon White, Professor of Biological Sciences, San Jose State University
Thursday, February 16, 5-7pm, Alway M106
Details/Register here
Optional Readings: Davis, Tools for Teaching, Ch. 15-17 and 29-30
Optional Assignments/Activities: Develop lecture content for two different learning styles.

Week 6: Advising Undergraduate Students
Dr. Brandon White, Professor of Biological Sciences, San Jose State University
Thursday, April 13, 5-7pm, CCSR 4205
Details/Register here
Optional Readings: Davis, Tools for Teaching, Ch. 61
Optional Assignments/Activities: Develop a 4-year Plan (complete at home)
We will work through a range of tools for personal strategic planning and time management in the context of launching and sustaining a career in academia.


Undergraduate Teaching Seminar, 
Live at SJSU, web link for WebEx webinar provided ahead of timeto Stanford registrants: 

Week 2: Managing the Classroom, Classroom Conduct, Working with a Diverse Student Body 
Dr. Cleber Ouverney, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, San Jose State University
Thursday, February 23, 5-7pm, ONLINE ONLY
Details/Register here
Optional Readings: Davis, Tools for Teaching, Ch. 5-8
Optional Assignments/Activities: Develop a tool to engage students in the classroom separate from the lecture.

Week 3: Just In Time Teaching, On the Fly Lectures
Dr. Katie Wilkinson, Instructor of Biological Sciences, San Jose State University, and former Stanford IRACDA Postdoc
Thursday, March 9, 5-7pm, ONLINE ONLY
Details/Register here
Optional Assignments/Activities: Develop an online quiz using the LMS. How to develop questions to get to a specific point in the classroom. 

Week 4: POGIL (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning, an active learning technique)
Dr. Alberto Rascon, Professor of Biological Sciences, San Jose State University, and former Stanford IRACDA Postdoc
Thursday, March 16, 5-7pm, ONLINE ONLY
Details/Register here
Optional Assignments/Activities: Develop a POGIL activity

Week 5: Classroom Assessment: Summative and Formative 
Thursday, April 6, 5-7pm, ONLINE ONLY
Details/Register here
Optional Readings: Davis, Tools for Teaching, Ch. 38-44
Optional Assignments/Activities: Develop Problems/Questions for Quiz and First Exam.

Week 7: Mentoring Undergraduate Students in the Research Lab
Dr. Cleber Ouverney, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, San Jose State University
Thursday, April 20, 5-7pm, ONLINE ONLY
Details/Register here

 

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