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.

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.

Thursday March 20th, 2014
10:00 AM - 4:15 PM
University Community Centre (UCC) Room 147A

A Look Back: Leading Effective Exam Review Sessions

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Helping anxious students to make sense of a semester-worth of material in an exam review session is a challenging task. In this session, participants will be introduced to in-class exam review activities that can help students to form a more organized understanding of course content and that will model effective studying practices.

Strategies that Work: Teaching in the Sciences

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Join this panel discussion with some of Western's most effective instructors to learn about the strategies that they have put into practice in their classrooms. Panelists will describe their experiences and offer tips and other advice to novice instructors in Science fields.

Getting Feedback on Your Teaching

2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

This session will focus on how instructors (TAs) can gain important feedback on their teaching from undergraduate students in their lectures, labs, and tutorials. Topics will include how to obtain and interpret both qualitative and quantitative feedback, and how to take action in order to maximize your teaching development.

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 - 2013) (PDF)