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.

Future professor sessions are scheduled at various times throughout the year. Please check the calendar of events for upcoming sessions.

Upcoming Workshops - Winter 2018

Supporting the Wellness of Undergraduate Students 

  • Dr. Melanie-Anne Atkins, Coordinator of the Wellness Education Centre, will share advice and strategies for supporting undergraduate students in teaching contexts that Teaching Assistants typically encounter. 
  • Friday February 9th 9:30 am - 11:00 am; UCC 147

Great Ideas for Teaching Panel

  • Winners of the 2018 Great Ideas for Teaching (GIFT) contest will share and engage Future Prof participants with their innovative teaching ideas. Participants will reflect on how these teaching strategies could be incorporated into their own teaching approaches
  • Friday February 9th, 11:15 am - 12:30 pm; UCC 147
    • Award Winner: Kathy Asari, Department of French Studies Great Idea: Second Language Comprehension through Expressive Reading 
    • Award Winner: Candace Brunette-Debassiage, Faculty of Education  Great Idea: Exploring Cultural Appropriation from Indigenous Perspectives

Preparing Your Teaching Dossier

  • Join this session to learn more about why you might need a teaching dossier, what effective dossiers look like, and the kinds of information you could be collecting now to build your own dossier. 
  • Tuesday March 20th, 9:00 am - 10:30 am; UCC 147

Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement

  • Teaching philosophy statements are often required components of academic job applications. Join this session to learn more about the characteristics of high quality statements and kickstart your own writing process. 
  • Tuesday March 20th, 10:45 am - 12:15 pm; UCC 147 

Hands on Teaching Philosophy Workshop for Graduate Students

  • A well written teaching philosophy statement is an important component of most academic job applications. This session is for graduate students who are interested in reviewing and getting feedback on their teaching philosophy statements drafts. 
  • The workshop is intended to follow up on the “Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement” workshop on March 20th – but anyone with a draft statement may join. In the first part of the workshop, you will have the opportunity to review your own statement for key elements. We will then exchange statements and provide peer feedback in small groups. Note: All participants must bring four printed copies of your statement to the workshop
  • Monday March 26th, 9:30 am - 11:00 am; UCC147

Registration Instructions

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Step 2: Go to calendar of events to register for each individual session.

Recent Workshops

Motivating and Supporting Student Success
Monday, November 20, 2017 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Equal Access in the Classroom: Universal Design for Learning
Monday, November 20, 2017 9:30 am - 10:50 am

Facilitating Group Work in Diverse Classrooms
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Getting Feedback on Your Teaching
Monday, October 16, 2017 9:30 am - 10:50 am

Potent PowerPoint: Delivering Effective Lectures 
Monday, October 16, 2017 11:00 am - 12:20 pm

Developing Your Own Course – Aligning Outcomes and Assessments
Friday, June 9, 2017 9:15 am – 10:45 am

Communication of Science Concepts outside of the Bubble
Friday, June 9, 2017 11:00 am -12:30 pm

From the OWL's nest: Best practices in course site design
Thursday, April 6, 2017 1:00 – 2:30 pm

How do you know what you are doing in your classroom makes a difference? An Introduction to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Monday, March 27, 2017 9:15 – 10:45 am

Successful Graduate Student-Supervisor Relationships
Monday, March 27, 2017 11:00 am – 12:30 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.

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