Teaching Academy

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Doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows selected for this six-session, applied program will have the opportunity to build teaching competencies, apply skills in a teaching session, and prepare components of a teaching portfolio. Sessions run from August through November 2020 and will be delivered in a distance learning format (by Zoom).

Five two-hour, interactive sessions will be held on select Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. via Zoom. During a subsequent 6th session, participants will apply what they have learned by leading a class session under the guidance and supervision of the course instructor/teaching mentor.

Between sessions, participants will complete readings and assignments, as well as obtain feedback from instructors and department teaching mentors. Deliverables will include components of a teaching portfolio, including teaching philosophy, teaching CV, and teaching evaluations.

Objectives

  • Introduce doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows interested in academic teaching careers to best practices, tools, and resources that promote teaching excellence
  • Provide opportunities to build teaching skills through in-class exercises, between-session experiences and assignments, and instructor and mentor feedback
  • Help teaching fellows prepare deliverables for a teaching portfolio so they are competitive for teaching positions in academia

Eligibility

At the time of application, individuals must:

  • Be an active University of Miami doctoral student or postdoctoral associate/scholar 
  • For doctoral students, have at least a year remaining in their program; for postdoctoral associates/scholars, expect to remain a postdoc at the University of Miami until May 2021 
  • Demonstrate a commitment to a teaching career, and show an ability to benefit from the Teaching Academy
  • Commit to attending all group sessions, individual check-in meetings, and complete between-session readings and assignments
  • Have approval to participate from their academic advisor/supervisor
  • Obtain a commitment of support from a teaching mentor in their department. The teaching mentor may be the same person as the academic advisor. The teaching mentor’s role involves:
    1. Giving the teaching fellow the opportunity to teach one class session in a November 2020 course, under mentor supervision
    2. Providing feedback to the teaching fellow between Teaching Academy sessions on their teaching portfolio and certain assignments, as well as conducting an evaluation of fellow’s teaching session. 

Sessions

Led by experienced teacher trainers from across the University of Miami, the 2020 University of Miami Graduate School’s Teaching Academy topics and group session dates are:

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Application Process

The deadline to apply is July 30, 2020. Individuals will be informed by August 3, 2020, as to whether or not they have been selected to participate in the Teaching Academy. A total of 12 participants will be selected: 6 doctoral students and 6 postdoctoral fellows. Eligible applicants will be entered into a random drawing to select teaching fellows that represent diverse University of Miami colleges and schools.

For questions or additional information, please contact Dr. Tatiana Perrino (tperrino@miami.edu).

 

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