Pedagogy and Professional Development Workshops

To assist graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in their instructional development, McGraw offers pedagogy workshops designed to enhance evolving understanding of teaching practices, and examine topics such as teaching interactively, encouraging participation, and best practices in teaching. The semester’s workshop schedule is posted in early fall and early spring. Workshops with ‘(TT)’ indicated at the end of the title can be counted as a pedagogy workshop for the teaching transcript program.

Online Flipped Workshop

Preparing to Write a Meaningful Statement of Teaching Philosophy (TT)

This workshop comprises:

A Canvas mini course, "Developing Your Teaching Statement"
a Zoom feedback session

Sign up to enroll in the Canvas mini course, "Developing Your Teaching Statement".
(Click the Sign up to enroll link above, sign-in using your PU NetID, and then click ‘Enroll in Course’.   
RSVP link for the Zoom feedback session is provided in the Canvas mini course.)

Teaching statements have become important in academic job searches as more and more colleges and universities are requesting them from applicants for faculty positions. Through a mini-course on Canvas, we'll introduce participants to the concept of the teaching statement and present research on how search committees interpret them. In the Canvas course, you'll also start writing your own statement by drafting key elements, drawing on your teaching experiences and your goals for students. We'll then meet in a zoom session where you will receive feedback and get answers to your questions about teaching statements.  

  • Sign up to enroll in a short Canvas course you can complete at your own pace anytime up to 24 hours before your Zoom feedback session. 
  • The earlier you enroll, the more time you will have to complete the Canvas course. It is hard for us to estimate how long the Canvas course will take you since it depends on how much time you invest, but we think you can expect to spend around 45 minutes on it. 
  • Then we will meet in a zoom session where you can get feedback and answers to your questions. 
  • In order to receive Teaching Transcript credit for the workshop, you must complete both the Canvas work and attend the zoom session.

Zoom feedback sessions are currently available between 12:00 and 1:00 p.m. on the following days: 12/17/21, 1/14/22, 2/18/22, or 3/18/22. (RSVP from the Canvas mini course).

Questions? Contact Sarah Schwarz at [email protected].