Postdoc Resources for Teaching and Instructional Professional Development

 To remain competitive in the current academic job market, it is important for postdoctoral scholars who intent to pursue faculty careers to remain current on instructional techniques, strategies, and technologies. The OU Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) provides instructional training resources for postdoctoral scholars, including those who do not currently have an instructional role at OU.

Postdoctoral scholars interested in remaining current in instructional practice can take advantage of three CTE resources:

  1. Graduate Teaching Academy. CTE's Graduate Teaching Academy (GTE) is open to all postdocs who are interested in professional development activities focused on enhancing teaching to improve student learning. CRPDE, CTE, and OU's Adult and Higher Education Program is developing a plan for OU's College Teaching Certificate to be customized for postdoctoral scholars. We expect this to be in place by Fall 2017. Postdocs can register for any of the academy workshops here (any workshops taken now will count towards a future College Teaching Certificate):
  2. Canvas Learning Management System Training. Learning Management Systems (LMS) are used extensively by most higher education institutions and learning to use one is a smart professional development activity for postdocs. Canvas can also be used as a research tool for document management and laboratory communication. CTE's resources open to all postdocs include Online Tutorials and Trainings (One-on-One Consultation is reserved for postdocs with active instructional roles). Top access online resources and sign up for workshops, go to the Faculty Resources page for the Canvas LMS Transition:
  3. CRPDE Postdosctoral Teaching, Learning, and Mentoring Workshops. CRPDE will be partnering with CTE to provide additional instructional and mentoring workshops specifically for postdocs. Watch our workshops page and make sure you are on the postdocs mailing list for announcements!