Future Prof Workshops

These dynamic seminars for future professors and professionals are offered throughout the year and provide both new and experienced graduate students and postdoctoral scholars with valuable insight into academic and career-related topics. The workshops in this series are constantly expanding and evolving with past sessions touching on topics such as: Teaching Your Own Course, Proctoring Exams, Building a Teaching Dossier, Academic Job Interviews, and Networking at Conferences.

Participating in at least ten (approximately 15 hours of training) Future Prof workshops will satisfy the Western Certificate in University Teaching & Learning requirement.

Future professor sessions are scheduled at various times throughout the year. Please check the calendar of events for upcoming sessions.

Upcoming Workshops

Future Professor - Fall 2017

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Potent PowerPoint: Delivering Effective Lectures

Monday, October 16th

9:30 am - 10:50 am

UCC 147

Presenter: Christina Booker

Well-prepared PowerPoint presentations provide structure to lectures and enhance student engagement with course material, while poorly designed slides can distract students and detract from the overall learning experience. This workshop explores best practices in slide design and shares strategies  for teaching effectively using PowerPoint. 


Getting Feedback on Your Teaching

Monday, October 16th

11:00 am - 12:20 pm

UCC 147

Presenter: Karyn Olsen

The term is half complete. How do you know your students understand what you have been teaching? Join this workshop to learn some simple techniques for getting feedback from students on your teaching. We will first discuss how midpoint feedback can be used to inform your approaches to teaching, and then explore how to gather and record additional feedback at the end of the term. 


Facilitating Group Work in Diverse Classrooms

Wednesday, November 15

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

UCC 147

Presenter: Aisha Haque

Active learning in today’s classrooms engages students in teamwork and collaboration across cultures and disciplines. Research on multicultural teams has shown that these teams may feel less comfortable, but perform better than homogenous teams. Join us to explore a set of learning activities and tools that instructors can use when facilitating group work in their disciplines. During the session, participants will: 1) learn concrete strategies to scaffold group assignments and help students navigate the interpersonal challenges of cross-cultural collaboration, and 2) help students articulate what they learn from intercultural team experiences.


Equal access in the classroom: Universal Design for Learning

Monday, November 20th

9:30 am - 10:50 am

UCC 147

Presenters: Claire Burrows (Information and Media Studies) & Amy Robinson (Health and Rehabilitation Sciences)

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) focuses on the principles of multiple means of representation, expression, and engagement to create an accessible classroom. This workshop will provide an overview of the principles of UDL and explore ways to implement these strategies in a variety of classroom settings.


Motivating and Supporting Student Success

Monday, November 20th

11:00 am - 12:15 am

UCC 147

Panel presentation with Western faculty members: Gabrielle Ceraldi (English and Writing Studies), Rob Cockcroft (Physics and Astronomy), Laura Misener (Kinesiology), Sarah Ross (DAN Management and Organizational Studies)

We invited faculty members from across campus to share their strategies for getting students to prepare for class, engage in leaning, and remain motivated learners. Panelists will share their approaches to one-on-one interactions (e.g., answering questions during office hours, dealing  with typical student requests, and supporting wellness). Panelists will also discuss the steps they take to support students who struggle with course content or structure. Workshop participants will hear perspectives from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and have the opportunity to ask questions.

Recent Workshops

Developing Your Own Course – Aligning Outcomes and Assessments
Friday, June 9th 9:15 am – 10:45 am

Communication of Science Concepts outside of the Bubble
Friday, June 9th 11:00 am -12:30 pm

How do you know what you are doing in your classroom makes a difference? An Introduction to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Monday, March 27, 2017 9:15 – 10:45 am

Successful Graduate Student-Supervisor Relationships
Monday, March 27, 2017 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

From the OWL's nest: Best practices in course site design
Thursday April 6, 2017 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Teaching Dossiers: What to Include and Why
Monday, February 13, 2017 9:00 – 10:30 am

Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement
Monday, February 13, 2017 10:45 am – 12:15 pm, UCC 147A/B

Preparing for the Academic Job Interview: Strategies for Success
Monday, February 13, 2017 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Ethics of Teaching
Monday, February 13, 2017 2:45 – 4:15 pm

Getting It Done: Strategies for Finding Focus and Overcoming Procrastination in Graduate School
Saturday, November 19, 2016 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Threshold Concepts: Teaching Troublesome Knowledge in the Disciplines
Friday, November 25, 20169:00 am – 10:30 am

Navigating a Sea of eLearning Tools
Friday, November 25, 201610:30 am – 12:00 pm

Wrapping Up the Term – Marking and Proctoring Strategies
Friday, November 25, 2016 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm


If you want to receive credit for a Future Professor 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.

If you are working towards the Western Certificate in University Teaching, you can also gain Future Prof credits for the following:
  • Participation in the Winter Conference on Teaching (up to 3 FP credits)
  • Participation in the Spring/Fall Perspectives on Teaching Conference (up to 3 FP credits per conference)
  • Participation in Lead TA Workshops (up to 10 FP credits)
  • Participation in up to six hours of departmental teaching/professional development training (up to 4 FP credits).
    • At the Teaching Support Centre, we recognize that each discipline has its own unique teaching culture and pedagogies and that training in these practices is critical to the development of well-rounded graduate students. Examples of such training include workshops offered by your department or faculty on responding to student questions in laboratories or tutorials, discussions of marking practices for a particular course or assignment and seminars on networking in your discipline. Please note that training which qualifies for FP credit should focus on instructional skills or professional development and not on the logistics of teaching assistantships (i.e. GTA union rules, obtaining keys, safety procedures, WHMIS training, etc.).
  • Participation in Teaching Master Classes (1 FP credit per class, up to a maximum of 4 credits)
Please keep track of the FP sessions you have attended with the Personal Progress Tracker.
List of previous Future Prof Workshops