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. Register for each session by clicking the link below:


Monday, October 17, 2016

Guiding Students through Problem Solving in STEM
9:30 am – 11:00 am, UCC 147 A/B

What distinguishes expert problem solvers from novices? How can you guide your students to solve problems effectively? In this workshop, we will examine research-based problem solving strategies and integrate these into your discipline specific problems. We will also consider our role as guides in this learning process and evaluate responses to common student questions. Please bring an example problem from your discipline upon which you can build your strategies.

Avoiding the Blank Stare: Great Ideas for Engaging Students in Tutorials Across Disciplines
11:00 am – 12:30 pm, UCC 147 A/B

You’ve probably seen it. That blank stare that grinds your discussion to a halt. Join us for a conversation with some seasoned TAs from a variety of disciplines to explore how to engage students in your tutorials. Perhaps you would like some fresh ideas, or perhaps you would like to expand your own ideas. Come invest some time and thought into making this term of tutorials a great learning experience for your students.

Negotiating Office Hours
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm, UCC 147 A/B

You've been running your office hours for a few weeks now - and suddenly the term is half over! Come to this session with your questions about how to make the best of your office hours or difficult situations you might need help solving. Together, we will work through several case studies that focus on challenging interactions with students, address your questions, and point you to helpful resources.


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