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

Friday, June 9th

Developing Your Own Course – Aligning Outcomes and Assessments
9:15 am – 10:45 am, UCC 147A/B
“A strong syllabus facilitates teaching and learning… [and creates] an organized and meaningful journey.” (Slattery & Carlson, 2005). Are you developing a new course? Join this hands-on workshop to discuss how learning outcomes provide the foundation for course development, and how well-aligned assessments and learning activities build a valuable course.

Communication of Science Concepts outside of the Bubble
11:00 am -12:30 pm, UCC 147A/B
You may be interested in sharing your research interests to audiences outside of academia for personal, career, or even society's benefit. With options for outreach abound (interviews, instagram, and innovative media, oh my!), how do you decide where to focus your efforts? During this session, participants will consider the benefits of an outreach strategy and practice refining their message for any science communication activity using a versatile yet simple tool.

Recent Workshops

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

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

Monday, February 13, 2017

Teaching Dossiers: What to Include and Why
9:00 – 10:30 am, UCC 147A/B

Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement
10:45 am – 12:15 pm, UCC 147A/B

Preparing for the Academic Job Interview: Strategies for Success
1:00 – 2:30 pm, UCC 147A/B

Ethics of Teaching
2:45 – 4:15 pm, UCC 147A/B

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Getting It Done: Strategies for Finding Focus and Overcoming Procrastination in Graduate School
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, TSC 121

Friday, November 25, 2016

Threshold Concepts: Teaching Troublesome Knowledge in the Disciplines
:00 am – 10:30 am, UCC 147A/B

Navigating a Sea of eLearning Tools
10:30 am – 12:00 pm, UCC 147A/B

Wrapping Up the Term – Marking and Proctoring Strategies
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, UCC 147A/B


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