Future Prof Workshops

These dynamic seminars for future professors and professionals are offered throughout the year and provide both new and experienced graduate students 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: Monday July 6th, 2015

Register now for one or more of the following workshops:

Designing Your Own Course: Components of a Great Syllabus

July 6th, 9:00 am - 10:30 am; Weldon Library, Room 258
Presenter: Dr. Karyn Olsen

What goes into a great course syllabus? Find out in this session as we explore how to use learning outcomes as the springboard for the creation of all other syllabus components. Together, we will look at strategies for making the syllabus an effective learning tool for students and share ideas about assessment methods, course policies, and the impressions course instructors make through their syllabi. Bring an idea for a course you would like to design and we will devote some of the workshop to working on your syllabus.             

Using Social Media Effectively in the University Classroom

July 6th, 10:45 am - 12:15 pm; Weldon Library, Room 258
Presenter: Dr. Beth Hundey

Many students now use social media sites for communicating, socializing, and sharing ideas. In this session, we explore ways to capitalize on this 'distraction' by using social media to enhance learning and assessment in university teaching. Participants will actively engage with social media tools throughout this session and are encouraged to bring a laptop, tablet or smart phone with them to the workshop.

Professionalism: Networking at Academic Conferences

July 6th, 1:15 pm - 2:45 pm; Weldon Library, Room 258
Panelists: Dr. Ryan Hladyniuk (Earth Sciences), Alicia Lapointe (Education), Dr. Stephanie Oliver (English), Emmanuel Songsore (Geography), and Lisette Farias Vera (Health and Rehabilitation Sciences)

Interacting with new people and developing connections and contacts for career purposes can be intimidating for some! Join this panel discussion to hear how other graduate students and Western alumni have made the most out of attending academic conferences. Panelists from disciplines across campus will share their experiences and provide concrete suggestions for successful networking.

Teaching Dossiers: What to Include and Why

July 6th, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm; Weldon Library, Room 258
Presenter: Kate Traill, Coordinator for the TA Training Program

Are you thinking about applying for a teaching position soon? Are you working towards completing the University Certificate in Teaching and Learning? Then you might be wondering what goes into a teaching dossier! In this workshop you will learn about the essential components of a dossier. We will discuss how to summarize your teaching experiences, provide evidence of teaching effectiveness, and highlight some other contributions to teaching. You will also have the opportunity to start drafting a 1-2 page teaching philosophy statement that describes your personal approaches to university teaching and learning.



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 (2004 - 2014) (PDF)