Grad Students & Postdocs

Special Announcements & Events

Canvas: UCLA’s New Learning Management System!

CEILS is here to help support you

We know you probably have lots of questions about the Canvas rollout and what to expect. We are working on finalizing planning for how to best support our Life Science and Physical Sciences faculty – not only in transitioning to Canvas from CCLE during the next academic year, but also to leverage what we’ve learned about teaching remotely and utilizing new technology to benefit your course design.
Some benefits of Canvas includes:

  • Stronger tools for course creation and management
  • Easier for faculty to learn and use, enabling greater focus on course content.
  • Support for course templates at various levels, from divisions to departments and areas.
  • Superior analytics to help understand and mitigate inequalities in student success.
  • Stronger support for online instruction.
  • 24/7 support for faculty, staff, students, and administrators.
In the next several months we will include a section in our newsletter featuring updates, support, and tips to help you with the transition. We will also share workshops and other opportunities offered by centers across campus.

Save the Date: CEILS Summer Scientific Teaching Institute: Foundations of Equitable Course Design & Inclusive Teaching

Offered on Zoom, July 7th – 14th, 2021

We are excited to announce the CEILS Summer Scientific Teaching Institute: Foundations of Equitable Course Design & Inclusive Teaching. In this institute you will engage in evidence-based practices to adjust, adapt, or create a course to be more equitable and inclusive. Sessions will be held on Zoom and spread out over one week.

Any instructor in the Life & Physical Sciences is welcome to apply. This will be particularly helpful for instructors who are new to UCLA, teaching a new course or revising an existing course, and those who have not participated in many CEILS events and are interested in learning about best practices and applying this information to your teaching. Teams of co-instructors teaching the same course or courses in a series are encouraged to attend together and can work together with the same facilitator.

Save the Date: 3rd Annual UCLA teaching symposium – Teaching at UCLA: Looking Forward with 2020 Vision

Third Week of Spring Quarter – April 12th to April 16th

CEILS Sessions on April 14th and 16th

Please join the Center for the Advancement of Teaching for the third annual UCLA teaching symposium — Teaching at UCLA: Looking Forward with 2020 Vision.

This year’s symposium will focus on the theme “what we learned from remote teaching that we can apply to the future when we are back in person.”

CEILS sessions and workshops are:

  • Faculty panel: Equity-centered course transformations – Wednesday, April 14th,  12:30 to 2:00 pm PST
  • Who’s being left out?: Adapting teaching modalities to accommodate marginalized students – Wednesday, April 14th, 2:30 to 4:00 pm PST
  • Save time and grade more equitably – Introduction to Gradescope – Friday, April 16 10:00 to 11:30 am

Introducing: Facilitated Dialogues for Inclusive Excellence in the Biosciences

Following sessions in the SABER Inclusion in Academic Biology Series

Every other Thursday Beginning Feb. 4th, 10:00 – 10:45 am PST

We are excited to announce Facilitated Dialogues for Inclusive Excellence in the Biosciences for UCLA faculty, staff, graduate students and postdocs. This will be a space for the UCLA life sciences community to engage in discussion immediately following the sessions in the “A Call to Action: Striving Towards Inclusion in Academic Biology Series”, an initiative sponsored by the Society of the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER) focused on promoting awareness, understanding, and commitment to change academic biology to be more inclusive. For more information, please visit SABER’s Diversity & Inclusion Efforts webpage.
Immediately following each SABER session, we will hold a dialogue for the UCLA Life Sciences, facilitated by CEILS. Please sign up to join the dialogue and you will be emailed a separate Zoom link.
SABER talks are Thursdays from 9–10 am PST and our dialogues will be immediately afterward in a separate Zoom room from 10–10:45 am starting January 21st to May 13th.

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Programs and Initiatives


cirtl2-logoThe Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) is an NSF Center for Learning and Teaching  which uses graduate education as the leverage point to develop a national STEM faculty committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices for diverse student audiences as part of successful professional careers. [MORE]

Summer Institute

summer-institute-logoThe Summer Institute (SI) is part of a national effort to improve college STEM education and to enhance the academic success of all students by helping current and future faculty develop and adopt inclusive and effective teaching practices. Due to COVID-10 disruptions, the 2020 SI is being postponed either until sometime this academic year or next summer. The national Summer Institutes organization will offer an online SI. Please keep an eye out for additional information announced in the CEILS newsletter. [MORE]


Uplift logo simple

The UPLIFT Program at UCLA supports postdoctoral scholars in the biological sciences who have a demonstrated interest in teaching, research, and supporting diversity in the STEM fields. The call for applications for the fall 2020 UPLIFT cohort is now closed. Information about applying to the program next year will be posted on the website. [MORE]

Learning Assistants Program

The Learning Assistants (LA) program at UCLA is an evidence-based, multidisciplinary instructional strategy that benefits science majors and faculty teaching large introductory science and math courses. [MORE]

Faculty Learning Program

The goal of the Faculty Learning Program (FLP) is to improve STEM undergraduate teaching and learning by gathering STEM faculty from regional 2- and 4-year institutions in a collaborative, mostly synchronous online environment to learn together and improve the each other’s instructional practice, as well as build relationships and understanding of one another’s teaching and learning contexts. [MORE]

Education Development Academy

The Educational Development Academy is a train-the-trainer workshop for Teaching Assistant Consultants (TACs) designed to prepare them to train graduate student Teaching Assistants (TAs) in their home departments to better integrate student-centered and inclusive pedagogy into their courses. [MORE]