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.

Future Professor Workshop Series: November 2014

Encouraging Critical Thinking
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
University Community Centre, Room 147A/B
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Proctoring Survival Kit
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
University Community Centre, Room 147A/B
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
How do you know what you do in your classroom makes a difference? An Introduction to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
University Community Centre, Room 147A/B
2:45 PM - 4:15 PM


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.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are working towards the Western Certificate in University Teaching, you can also gain Future Professor Series (FPS) credit 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)
  • 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)