Center for Education Innovation & Learning in the Sciences
CEILS Staff Office: Hershey Hall, Rm 222
Director’s Office: Hershey Hall, Rm 228
Associate Directors’ Offices: Hershey Hall, Rms 222B & 226 and Young Hall, Rm 3077C
251 Hershey Hall
612 Charles E. Young Dr. South
Los Angeles, CA 90095-7246
CEILS Office Hours
Location for General Inquiries:
Hershey Hall 222
Monday – Thursday: 9am – 12 noon; 1pm – 4pm
Friday: 10:30am – 12 noon; 1pm – 4pm
Our CEILS Administrative Assistant is happy to greet you in our office during open hours. If you would like to meet with a member of our team for a consultation please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.
To request an appointment with the Center to learn more about the resources we offer or to discuss instructional support, please refer to the following link:
The Center for Education Innovation & Learning in the Sciences (CEILS) creates a collaborative community of instructors committed to advancing teaching excellence, assessment, diversity, and scholarship, resulting in the enhancement of student learning experiences in the Life and Physical Sciences at UCLA.
CEILS transforms the culture of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teaching by pursuing the following principal goals:
- Lead initiatives that promote current and future faculty teaching development and create inclusive, student-centered classrooms
- Train instructors in innovative, validated teaching methods, assessment, and course design
- Create a community of instructors that advances the scholarship of teaching and learning in STEM education
- Partner with faculty to acquire grant funds to support undergraduate and graduate instructional initiatives in STEM
- Engage in collaborations and conversations across campus, regional, and national partners to promote multidisciplinary institutional transformation
The Center for Education Innovation & Learning in the Sciences (CEILS) serves as a clearinghouse for the education tools and assessment resources instructors need to engage in effective, validated teaching practices that promote student learning, create inclusive and culturally-responsive classrooms, and retain students in Life and Physical Sciences majors. CEILS fosters the professional development and training of faculty who wish to incorporate evidence-based teaching approaches into their courses. Working with partners in the Center for Educational Assessment in UCLA’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT), CEILS also assists with the design and conduct of assessments needed to develop successful grant proposals that will fund curricular innovations. In addition, the faculty learning communities and change agents associated with CEILS contribute to the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL) by publishing and disseminating results from discipline-based education research (DBER) projects about student learning related to pedagogical shifts. As a campus venue that supports instructional innovation in the life and physical sciences, efforts inspired by faculty or initiated by departments and interdisciplinary programs, CEILS plays a prominent role in transforming institutional attitudes about the merits of scholarly scientific teaching.
CEILS was created as a supportive home for tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty and instructors involved in undergraduate education. Later participation was expanded to include graduate students and postdocs with an interest in academic careers. Educators who engage with CEILS are dedicated to achieving teaching excellence and eager to integrate innovative and inclusive pedagogical and assessment approaches into their courses. Transforming the manner in which the undergraduate curriculum for Life and Physical Science majors is taught at UCLA should produce a more diverse and competent body of undergraduate scholars prepared to meet the intellectual demands of a scientifically literate and technologically competent 21st century workforce. Likewise, instructors should benefit from the resources and services provided by CEILS, gaining perspective, skills, and satisfaction from teaching experiences that more effectively explore the current breath of scientific knowledge and constructively employ the tools of scientific inquiry. Departments and interdisciplinary programs also benefit from interactions with CEILS by having instructors that are well prepared to create student learning outcomes for their courses with aligned educational activities and assessments. This has a positive impact on teaching effectiveness when used to inform and enhance the educational experience, and also generates standards by which departments and interdisciplinary programs can measure student success.