Future Prof Workshops

These dynamic seminars for future professors and professionals are offered throughout the year and provide both new and experienced graduate students and postdoctoral scholars with valuable insight into academic and career-related topics. The workshops in this series are constantly expanding and evolving with past sessions touching on topics such as: Teaching Your Own Course, Proctoring Exams, Building a Teaching Dossier, Academic Job Interviews, and Networking at Conferences.

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

Upcoming Workshops:

Putting Together a Teaching Dossier

Date: Monday, February 8, 2016 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location: University Community Centre (UCC) 147 A/B
Presenter: Dr. Nanda Dimitrov

A teaching dossier is a document that brings together all of your teaching activities and accomplishments. Join Nanda Dimitrov, Associate Director of the Teaching Support Centre, to learn what experiences from your graduate career belong in a teaching dossier.

From CV to Resume

Date: Monday, February 8, 2016 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Location: University Community Centre (UCC) 147 A/B
Presenter: Monica Giorgini

Are you thinking about applying for positions outside of Academia? Join Monica Giorgini, a Career Program Coordinator from Western's Student Success Centre, to learn about converting your Curriculum Vitae into a strong resume. Monica will share the four essential elements of an expert resume, answer questions, and provide supportive resources.

Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement

Date: Monday, February 8, 2016 2:45 pm - 4:30 pm
Location: University Community Centre (UCC) 147 A/B
Presenter: Dr. Karyn Olsen

A teaching philosophy statement is a short, one- to two-page document that describes personal approaches to teaching, and is a central component of the teaching dossier. Join Educational Developer, Dr. Karyn Olsen, to learn how you can get started on writing your own teaching philosophy statement.

Recent Workshops:

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015
Critical Thinking in the Information Age: Helping Undergraduates Find and Evaluate Scientific Information\

Location: University Community Centre (UCC), 147A/B
Presenter: Dr. Amanda Ali

Convenient access to information is now commonplace with portable internet-capable devices like laptops, tablets, and cell phones. Although easy access to information can be beneficial, we should caution students against accepting all information at face value, and encourage them to evaluate that information for accuracy, validity, bias, and so on. Given the continuously evolving nature of scientific theory and the abundance of information available on the internet, instructors need to equip students with the tools for finding and analyzing information. Join this session to learn more about the strategies you can use to help undergraduates seek and evaluate scientific information for themselves. These strategies will be help students to become critical thinkers in the classroom and beyond. 

Friday, November 20th, 2015
Education for Global Citizenship 

Location: Social Science Centre (SSC), Room 2020
Presenter: Nanda Dimitrov

Join us to learn about ways to promote intercultural competence and global citizenship among your undergraduate students. We will discuss examples of international curriculum initiatives from a variety of disciplines, and learn about the facilitator skills that instructors may need to lead dialogue about global issues effectively in class.

Creating Inclusive Classrooms Using Culturally Relevant Teaching Strategies

Location: University Community Centre (UCC), Room 56
Presenter: Aisha Haque

Today’s Canadian classrooms are culturally diverse spaces.  In this session, we will learn how to design inclusive learning environments for students by incorporating interculturally fluent approaches into our teaching.  We will discuss how cultural differences in communication styles influence classroom interactions and practice strategies for culturally sensitive teaching.


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 Prof credits for the following:
  • Participation in the Winter Conference on Teaching (up to 3 FP credits)
  • Participation in the Spring/Fall Perspectives on Teaching Conference (up to 3 FP credits per conference)
  • Participation in Lead TA Workshops (up to 10 FP credits)
  • Participation in up to six hours of departmental teaching/professional development training (up to 4 FP 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 FP 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 FP credit per class, up to a maximum of 4 credits)
Please keep track of the FP sessions you have attended with the Personal Progress Tracker.
List of previous Future Prof Workshops