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 - Spring Conference on Teaching for Graduate Students

Time Session Location

9:00 - 10:30 am

How Can Teaching Help Me Get a Job?

WL 258

10:30 - 10:45 am

Coffee Break

WL 122

10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Concurrent 1A: Impactful Learning in STEM Labs

WL 258

Concurrent 1B: Teaching Tutorials with Tech

UCC 147

12:15 - 1:30 pm

Lunch Break - please plan to provide your own lunch


1:30 - 2:45 pm

Assessing Student Learning

WL 258

2:45 - 3:00 pm



3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Walk with your Students: Articulating Unspoken Norms in the Classroom

WL 258

Session Descriptions

How Can Teaching Help Me Get a Job?

9:15 am – 10:30 am Weldon Library, Room 258

Join this panel discussion to learn how former Western graduate students have relied on their teaching skills to succeed in their jobs after university. Participants will have a chance to reflect on their own skills and consider how to meaningfully communicate those skills. This workshop will also help participants to identify the areas in which they would like to grow as instructors.

Concurrent 1A: Impactful Learning in STEM Labs

10:45 am – 12:15 pm Weldon Library, Room 258

As laboratory TAs in the STEM disciplines, you have the opportunity to facilitate meaningful learning experiences for your students in hands-on environments. This advanced session explores how to design labs with impact and how to put your facilitation skills to use in laboratory settings. The goal is to capture student interest, enhance student understanding, and equip students to think like scientists in their future careers.

Concurrent 1B: Teaching Tutorials with Tech

10:45 am – 12:15 pm - University Community Centre 147

As tutorial TAs, graduate students have to explain concepts, make connections, answer questions, and facilitate discussions. Are you thinking about how you can take your tutorials to the next level? Join this session to learn how to incorporate common technology tools into your tutorials. We will try out tools that help to build community, manage discussions, and review concepts – and explore how these tools might work in different disciplinary contexts.  

Assessing Student Learning

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm - Weldon Library, Room 258

Do they understand? What did they learn? This session will focus on effective strategies for assessing student understanding “in the moment” and giving students feedback. Join us to hear from a panel of graduate students (and exceptional TAs) to learn how they check-in with students, evaluate progress, and provide feedback in their classes, labs, and tutorials.  Our panelists include:  

  • Carolyn Cadogan – Physics and Astronomy
  • Emily Carrothers - Women's Studies & Feminist Research
  • Adam Roy – Music Theory
  • Jantina Toxopeus – Biology

Walk with your Students: Articulating Unspoken Norms in the Classroom

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Weldon Library, Room 258

Culture plays an important role in the classroom. It influences what constitutes good teaching and learning, how respect is demonstrated in the classroom, and the assumptions we make about our students. Often, norms and assumptions about classroom expectations go unvoiced, thereby presenting barriers to student success. In this session, we will explore strategies to facilitate student learning in diverse, multicultural classrooms and discuss strategies to clarify course expectations for students. 

Registration Instructions

Step 1:

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

Recent Workshops

Hands on Teaching Philosophy Workshop for Graduate Students
Monday March 26th, 2018 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Supporting the Wellness of Undergraduate Students
Friday February 9th, 2018 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Preparing Your Teaching Dossier
Tuesday March 20th, 2018 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement
Tuesday March 20th, 2018 10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Great Ideas for Teaching Panel
Friday February 9th, 2018 11:15 am - 12:30 pm

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