Future Prof Series (FPS)

Description

These interactive seminars for future professors and professionals provide valuable insight into teaching and career-strategies across the disciplines. The workshops in this series are constantly evolving to meet the current interests of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

 Outcomes

By the end of each workshop, participants will be able to:

  • describe the key issue/topic covered in that workshop
  • apply extensions of the key issue/topic to their future teaching or other careers.

2022-23 Series

Description

Have you marked countless assignments that did not meet your critical thinking expectations? Or perhaps you received feedback from a project or proposal that recommended more in-depth critical thought? These concerns arise when critical thinking is not clarified, as its definition varies by course and discipline. In this workshop, a universal critical thinking guide is proposed which can be adapted to your classroom’s specific needs. Once introduced to your students, the critical thinking component of assignments and discussions will begin to align with your expectations.

Presenter: Sarah Awadh


Description

Pre-requisite: "Mental Health 101: Supporting Student Wellness" eLearning module

You have learned the basics about mental health and mental illness by completing the "Mental Health 101: Supporting Student Wellness" eLearning module. Now you want to take a strengths-based approach to the way you cultivate student mental health as a TA. In this workshop you will consider how your experiences with mental health influence your goals and leadership style as a TA, share your own wellness leadership approaches as a TA, challenge stigma and misconceptions about mental health and mental illness, and design strategies to reach students who are less likely to request mental health support.

Note: Registration closes 1 week before the session (by 1:00pm October 4th, 2022). Registrants will have opportunity to complete the pre-requisite before the workshop.

Presenters: Melanie-Anne Atkins and Hannah Litchfield


Description

Pre-requisite: Pre-requisite: "Leadership in Wellness Part 1: Cultivating Student Mental Health" Future Prof workshop

Description: In this highly interactive workshop, you will participate in multiple feedback cycles using the Notice-Listen-Connect model to practice and exchange feedback on: initiating a mental health conversation with a struggling student; engaging in an authentic, strengths-based dialogue with that student; and referring them to professional support.

Presenters: Melanie-Anne Atkins and Hannah Litchfield


Description

What does it mean to decolonize the academy? What is it about the university that is colonial in the first place? Guided by resources from the Indigenous Teaching and Learning Series, we will learn about the colonial roots of education in Canada and explore the current interwoven movements of reconciliation, decolonization, and Indigenization through the lens of education. Together with their peers, participants will work together to reflect on where colonialism shows up in their teaching contexts and to identify what their role is in advocating for decolonial change.

Presenter: Lisa Aikman


Description

Whether you’re looking to get students to draw connections between course content and current events, reflect on and assess their own progress in a course, or to articulate how evidence informs their beliefs, reflective writing can be a powerful tool. It can also be a tricky skill to teach and assess. This workshop will introduce participants to several uses of reflective writing, along with strategies to teach and assess this skill. Together, participants will work to identify where and how to deploy reflective writing to improve student learning in their classrooms, tutorials, and labs.

Presenter: Lisa Aikman


Description

What does it mean to make socio-cultural considerations within your classroom? Do you feel like your student expectations are not being met? In this hands-on workshop, you will evaluate case studies and propose solutions using the ORCA (Openness, Respect, Curiosity and Accountability) approach. By the end of this workshop, participants will gain a key socio-cultural perspective that promotes a community of trust in and beyond the classroom. Prepare to role play to practice for your future classroom! Please note: This workshop features some materials presented during TA Day.

Presenter: Sarah Awadh


Description

Wondering how to design content, presentations, evaluations and experiences that are inclusive by design to ensure accessibility for all? What kinds of teaching careers also require inclusive design beyond the traditional university classroom? In this interactive workshop, you will learn from a Western Career Coach and former classroom teacher with two decades of experience in both education and disability advocacy. Bring lots of questions and prepare to apply your learning to practical case studies!

Presenters: Rebecca Naylor and Gillian Manley


Description

An unwritten expectation in higher education is that instructors and teaching assistants know how to teach research skills - without ever having been formally taught them. You do not have to do this work on your own: librarians have this training and expertise and are prepared to collaborate with you. This session introduces you to the teaching support, learning resources, and partnership opportunities available through Western Libraries.

Presenters: Jason Dyck and Heather Campbell


Description

Unlike discipline-specific literature, research on teaching and learning is located everywhere. Join Western Libraries' Curriculum Librarian, Heather Campbell, and MLIS Co-op student Lea Sansom for this hands-on workshop focused on navigating the seemingly-disjointed field of teaching and learning research. By the end of the session, we will discuss the interdisciplinary, mixed-methods nature of teaching and learning research, and learn how to find the sources you need to use an evidence-based approach in your own teaching.

Presenters: Heather Campbell and Lea Sansom


Series Information

Upcoming Sessions

  • Oct 11 from 10-11:30AM - Creating a Critical Thinking Reference Guide for Your Classroom (Registration closes Oct 11 by 8AM)
  • Oct 11 from 1-2:30PM - Leadership in Wellness Part 1 (Registration closes Oct 4 by 1PM)
  • Oct 11 from 2:45-4:15PM - Leadership in Wellness Part 2 (Registration closes Oct 4 by 1PM)
  • Oct 13 from 10-11:30AM - Decolonizing the Academy: Finding Your Role (Registration closes Oct 13 by 8AM)
  • Oct 14 from 10-11:30AM - What is Reflective Writing and How Do I Use It? (Registration closes Oct 14 by 8AM)
  • Oct 14 from 1-2:30PM - Building a Community of Trust with International and New Resident Students (Registration closes Oct 14 by 11AM)
  • Oct 20 from 2-3:30PM - Inclusive Design by Default in the Classroom and Beyond (Registration closes Oct 20 by 12PM)
  • Nov 15 from 1-2:30PM) Teaching Research Skills: Collaborating with Western Libraries (Registration closes Nov 15 by 11AM)
  • Nov 23 from 1-2:30PM) Using an Evidence-Based Teaching Approach: Finding the Research (Registration closes Nov 23 by 11AM)

Registration

Registration Instructions

  1. Login to Western Connect using your Western username and password.
  2. Go to the Centre for Teaching and Learning section. Select Event Calendar and select the event you wish to register in. Details and a description of the program will appear.
  3. Select the Register for this Event button. If the event has reached capacity, you may have the option to register on the waitlist.
  4. You will receive an automated confirmation email to your Western email account. 

If you have any questions or problems registering for an event, please consult our FAQs or contact ctl@uwo.ca.

Audience

Current graduate students and postdoctoral scholars

Offered

Typically 12-15 workshops are offered each academic year.

Late arrival policy

If you want to receive credit for a Future Prof 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.

Applies to following certificates

Western Certificate in University Teaching and Learning

2022-23 Series

Creating a Critical Thinking Reference Guide for Your Classroom

Oct 11, 2022

Leadership in Wellness Part 1: Cultivating Student Mental Health

Oct 11, 2022

Leadership in Wellness Part 2: Initiating Mental Health with Your Students

Oct 11, 2022

Decolonizing the Academy: Finding Your Role

Oct 13, 2022

What is Reflective Writing and How Do I Use It?

Oct 14, 2022

Building a Community of Trust with International and New Resident Students

Oct 14, 2022

Inclusive Design by Default in the Classroom and Beyond

Oct 20, 2022

Teaching Research Skills: Collaborating with Western Libraries

Nov 15, 2022

Using an Evidence-Based Teaching Approach: Finding the Research

Nov 23, 2022

2021-22 Series

The TA's Role in Responding to Disclosures of Gender-Based Violence

Oct 19, 2021

Leadership in Wellness Part 1: Cultivating student mental health

Oct 26, 2021

Leadership in Wellness Part 2: Initiating mental health conversations with your students

Oct 26, 2021

Rubric Design

Oct 27, 2021

Alternative Assessment

Oct 27, 2021

Putting Inclusive Pedagogy into Action

Oct 28, 2021

Developing Your Teaching Dossier

Feb 15 to Mar 8, 2022

Co-Creating an Engaged Online Classroom

Feb 17, 2022

Facilitating Effective Review Sessions

Feb 22, 2022

Positionality and Persona in Teaching

Mar 1, 2022

Teaching Philosophy Clinic

Mar 16, 2022

Is This Working? Gathering and Acting on Classroom Feedback

Mar 17, 2022

Decentering English in Your Classroom

Mar 22, 2022

2020-21 Series

Articulating Your Teaching Philosophy

Oct 27, 2020

Playing the Part: Using Role Play to Build Your Teaching Persona(s)

Oct 28, 2020

Leadership in Wellness Part 1: Cultivating student mental health

Oct 29, 2020

Leadership in Wellness Part 2: Initiating mental health conversations with your students

Oct 29, 2020

Teaching and Assessing Oral Presentation Skills Part 1

Feb 25, 2021

Creating Accessible Visual Aids

Feb 23, 2021

Teaching and Assessing Oral Presentation Skills Part 2

Feb 24, 2021

Preparing to Guest Lecture

Mar 23, 2021

Decolonizing Your Online Classroom: Indigenous Approaches

Mar 24, 2021

Decolonizing Your Online Classroom: Anti-Racist Approaches

Mar 25, 2021

2019-20 Series

Writing Teaching Philosophy - Webinar

Oct 3, 2019

This is not a simulation! Universal design for inclusive classrooms

Oct 4, 2019; Practical Tips For Inclusive Classrooms Handout - Invited Speaker: Dr. Erika Katzman

Preparing Your Teaching Dossier

Oct 4, 2019

HANDS-ON Teaching Philosophy Feedback

Nov 4, 2019

Wrapping Up the Term: Marking and Proctoring Strategies

Nov 4, 2019

Getting Feedback on Your Teaching

Nov 4, 2019

Self Care Strategies for Teaching Assistants: Breaking Through Barriers

Feb 10, 2020

Fostering a Problem Solving Mindset in your STEM Students

Feb 10, 2020

Course Design - Webinar

Feb 11, 2020

Preparing Diversity Statements - Webinar

March 12, 2020

Promoting Student Collaboration Online

March 13, 2020

Gender Pronouns and Teaching

March 13, 2020

Leadership in Wellness Part 1: Cultivating student mental health - Webinar

June 15, 2020

Leadership in Wellness Part 2: Initiating mental health conversations with your students - Webinar

June 15, 2020

Developing a Culturally Affirming Teaching Practice - Webinar

June 16, 2020

Teaching Sensitive Topics Online: A trauma and violence-informed approach - Webinar

June 16, 2020

2018-19 Series

Negotiating Office Hours

Oct 16, 2018 

Engaging Students through Active Learning

Oct 16, 2018

Webinar on Teaching Philosophy Statements

Oct 16, 2018

Getting It Done: Strategies for Finding Focus and Overcoming Procrastination in Graduate School

Nov 23, 2018

Teaching in the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities

Nov 23, 2018

Getting Feedback on Your Teaching

Nov 23, 2018

Constructing Your Teaching Dossier Online Webinar

Feb 7, 2019

Increasing the Power of PowerPoint

Feb 8, 2019

Self-regulated Learning and Metacognition: Strategies to Help Students Learn How to Learn

Feb 8, 2019

How to Care for and Use Your Teaching Voice

Mar 18, 2019 - Invited Speaker: Lori Holmes, School of Communication Sciences & Disorders

Rethink your CV: Using a Personal Website to Creatively Showcase Your Graduate Experiences

Mar 18, 2019

Presenting Your Research to Interdisciplinary and Professional Audiences

Mar 18, 2019

2017-18 Series

Preparing Your Teaching Dossier

March 20, 2018

Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement

March 20th, 2018

Supporting the Wellness of Undergraduate Students

February 9, 2018

Great Ideas for Teaching Panel

February 9, 2018

Hands on Teaching Philosophy Workshop for Graduate Students

March 26th, 2018

Motivating and Supporting Student Success

November 20, 2017

Equal Access in the Classroom: Universal Design for Learning

November 20, 2017

Facilitating Group Work in Diverse Classrooms

November 15, 2017

Getting Feedback on Your Teaching

October 16, 2017

Potent PowerPoint: Delivering Effective Lectures

October 16, 2017

Developing Your Own Course – Aligning Outcomes and Assessments

June 9, 2017

Communication of Science Concepts outside of the Bubble

June 9, 2017

2016-17 Series

From the OWL's Nest: Best Practices in Course Site Design

April 6 2017

How do You Know What You Are Doing in Your Classroom Makes a Difference? An Introduction to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

March 27 2017

Successful Graduate Student-Supervisor Relationships

March 27 2017

Teaching Dossiers: What to Include and Why

February 13 2017

Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement

February 13 2017

Preparing for the Academic Job Interview: Strategies for Success

February 13 2017

Ethics of Teaching

February 13 2017

Getting It Done: Strategies for Finding Focus and Overcoming Procrastination in Graduate School

November 25 2016

Threshold Concepts: Teaching Troublesome Knowledge in the Disciplines

November 25 2016

Navigating a Sea of eLearning Tools Speaker

November 25 2016

Wrapping Up the Term - Marking and Proctoring Strategies

November 25 2016

Guiding Students through Problem Solving in STEM

October 17 2016

Avoiding the Blank Stare: Great Ideas for Engaging Students in Tutorials Across Disciplines

October 17 2016

Negotiating Office Hours Speaker

October 17 2016

Alternative Future Prof Series credits

If you are working towards the Western Certificate in University Teaching, you can also gain FPS credits for the following:


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Testimonials from participants

I learned many strategies for creating inclusivity in the classroom. This thought-provoking discussion has provided me with inspiration and ideas for increasing accessibility and inclusion in my teaching.” 

“The ideas proposed on how to engage students and how to negotiate office hours were really useful!! It gave us innovative ideas on how to deal with students and make sure that our TA experience is a positive one.”

“The universal design  (UDL) workshop had an excellent balance of theory and application. I found the activities very helpful, and appreciated the opportunity for small group discussion in the case studies, as well as individual work towards the end. I walked away with the tools and mindset to start applying UDL principles to my own teaching, so thank you! There were some concrete examples of how to motivate and support students , some of which I should be able to apply to my own teaching.”  

“Getting to practice the skills/components that we should be using in resumes and teaching philosophy statements was great. Also getting feedback from peers on what we practiced was excellent.”