If you plan to pursue a career in a higher education setting, a strong teaching portfolio can help you to be a competitive job candidate. You may be able to use some of your time as a postdoctoral scholar to take advantage of the many teaching resources provided by the University of Arizona.
UA Certificate In College Teaching
The UA Office of Instruction and Assessment sponsors a Certificate in College Teaching for students and postdoctoral scholars. This 10-unit program consists of a series of courses that provide foundational information and help develop the competencies necessary to teach effectively in higher education. The program includes courses in learner-centered teaching, teaching with technology, and an instructional practicum. The program is usually completed in 2-3 semesters and must be completed within 4 years. Courses can be taken individually or as part of the Certificate in College Teaching Program and are eligible for Qualified Tuition Reduction (QTR).
UA Office of Instruction and Assessment
UA Office of Instruction and Assessment (OIA) - In addition to the Certificate in College Teaching, the OIA offers a variety of services and programs to provide instructional support and development opportunities for those teaching on the UA campus.
- A list of workshops and mini-courses on topics such as improving student writing and effective teaching methods for student engagement.
- The OIA Teaching Resources site offers a collection of quick guides and mini primers to help you think about and engage in teaching. Please log in with your UA NedID.
- OIA includes consultive services related to teaching evaluations, technology, media support, and development. Learn more on their website.
National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
The National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) is a nationally recognized, independent organization that provides online career development and mentoring resources for faculty, postdocs, and graduate students. Because the University of Arizona is an Institutional Member, all of our faculty, postdocs, and graduate students are granted free membership.
NCFDD provides a variety of virtual programs and resources including:
• Weekly Monday Motivator
• Monthly Core Curriculum Webinars
• Monthly Guest Expert Webinars
• Access to Multi-Week Courses
• A private Discussion Forum for peer-mentoring & problem-solving
• Accountability Buddy Matches
• Moderated Writing Challenges
• Access to the Member Library that includes past webinar materials, referrals, and readings
Potential benefits include:
• Greater success with publications and securing external funding for research
• Increased confidence as an independent researcher and scholar
• Healthier personal and professional relationships with departmental colleagues
• Increased interactions with external mentors, sponsors, and collaborators
• Increased job satisfaction and retention
We encourage you to claim your free membership by following these steps:
1. Visit www.FacultyDiversity.org/Join and select University of Arizona from the list of Institutional Members.
2. On the institution’s landing page, click “Activate Your Membership.”
3. Complete the registration process, and be sure to use your institutional email address (i.e., @email.arizona.edu).
4. You will receive an email prompting you to activate your account.