Professional Development Workshop for Graduate Students in the Sciences: Teaching Your College Courses


Professional Development Workshop for Graduate Students in the Sciences:

 Teaching Your College Courses


Summer 2013: August 5th – 8th and August 12th – 15th at the CUNY Graduate Center


In response to a need of new doctoral students in the sciences for formal training to prepare them for teaching, the NSF-sponsored CUNY Science Now Program at the Center for Advanced Study in Education (CASE) will offer an eight-day stipended summer workshop and an optional Fall program for graduate students in the sciences.  The workshop is designed for relative newcomers to teaching, including Graduate Teaching Fellows or graduate students with adjunct teaching assignments.  The program consists of two parts:

  1. An eight-day Summer 2013 workshop devoted to developing and improving classroom teaching techniques and instructional strategies.
  2. An optional Fall 2013 program that will include workshops, classroom observations, and mentoring in areas related to the class being taught.


Graduate students who are U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to receive a $1,000 stipend for attendance at all summer workshop sessions.  Stipends are not available for the optional Fall program.  Workshop applications will be accepted until a maximum of 15 students are selected and enrolled.  Post-doctoral candidates and non-citizens are welcome to apply for participation but are not eligible for stipends.


To request an application, email bflugman@gc.cuny.edu.  Return the application with: a two- page resume and a one-page letter (750 words maximum) expressing your interest in participating in the workshop. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a maximum of 15 stipends have been awarded.

Program Summary:


The workshop is designed as a training opportunity for graduate students new to teaching. It offers graduate students an opportunity to develop and improve instructional strategies and techniques, in both lecture and non-lecture formats, that actively promote student engagement in learning.  It will also provide a toolbox of classroom management and administrative strategies designed to deal with commonly encountered classroom situations, and it will provide opportunities for participants to develop and try out sample lessons and assessments.


Workshop Content:

1)    Administrative Routines for Classroom Management

2)    Syllabus Construction

3)    A Brief Introduction to Contemporary Theories of Learning and Instructional Design

4)    Unit/ Lesson Design Strategies

5)    The Design of Assessments that  Inform Instruction

6)    Strategies for Using Instructional Technology in the Classroom

7)    Opportunities to Engage in Practice Teaching