Future Professor: Path to Teaching Excellence Workshops

These dynamic seminars are offered throughout the year and provide both new and experienced graduate students with valuable insights into the world of academia. The workshops in this series are constantly expanding and evolving with past sessions touching on topics such as: Teaching Your Own Course - Challenges and Possibilities, Preventing and Detecting Plagiarism, Teaching Critical Thinking and Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement.

Participating in at least ten (approximately 15 hours of training) Future Professor sessions (FPS) will satisfy the Western Certificate in University Teaching & Learning requirement.

Monday April 27th, 2015

From Surviving to Thriving: Mental Health and Well-Being in Graduate School

April 27th, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm; University Community Centre (UCC), Room 147A/B

Everybody's talking about mental health these days. We've heard about why it's important, we have an idea of what it feels like, but what does it have to do with graduate school? Join us on April 27th to discuss our personal, academic, and professional connections to mental health and well-being. We will ask some hard questions (Is imposter syndrome real? Is burnout during grad school inevitable?) and delve into some sticky situations (initiating a difficult conversation with your supervisor; the good, bad, and ugly sides of stress). We will also examine the risks and benefits of speaking up when we encounter a student in need, and what to do when we need some support ourselves. Finally, we will explore some of the mental health resources available at Western and in our community, and we'll build a little community of our own. 

Flourishing as a TA: Principles from Positive Psychology

April 27th, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm; University Community Centre Basement (UCC), Room 66

Drawing on principles from Positive Psychology, and in particular Seligman's (2011) Flourishing Model, we will invite you to engage in exercises to discover how you can support your well-being in your role as Teaching Assistants. Specifically, you will explore how you can increase five aspects of your well-being: positive emotions, engagement, positive relationships, meaning, and sense of accomplishment.


If you want to receive credit for a Future Professor workshop for the Western Certificate in University Teaching, you need to arrive to workshops on time or early.Participants who arrive more than 10 minutes late for a workshop or those who leave more than 10 minutes before the end of the session will not receive credit toward the Certificate.

If you are working towards the Western Certificate in University Teaching, you can also gain Future Professor Series credits for the following:
  • Participation in the Winter Conference on Teaching (up to 3 FPS credits)
  • Participation in the Spring/Fall Perspectives on Teaching Conference (up to 3 FPS credits per conference)
  • Participation in Lead TA Workshops (up to 10 FPS credits)
  • Participation in up to six hours of departmental teaching/professional development training (up to 4 FPS credits).
    • At the Teaching Support Centre, we recognize that each discipline has its own unique teaching culture and pedagogies and that training in these practices is critical to the development of well-rounded graduate students. Examples of such training include workshops offered by your department or faculty on responding to student questions in laboratories or tutorials, discussions of marking practices for a particular course or assignment and seminars on networking in your discipline. Please note that training which qualifies for FPS credit should focus on instructional skills or professional development and not on the logistics of teaching assistantships (i.e. GTA union rules, obtaining keys, safety procedures, WHMIS training, etc.).
  • Participation in Teaching Master Classes (1 FPS credit per class, up to a maximum of 4 credits)
Please keep track of the FPS sessions you have attended with the Personal Progress Tracker.
List of previous Future Professor Workshops (2004 - 2014) (PDF)