The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs for the Biomedical and Life Sciences is working with the School of Medicine and Departments of Molecular, Cellular, & Integrative Physiology (MCIP) and Molecular & Medical Pharmacology (MMP) to provide opportunities for postdocs to develop leadership skills in educational settings.
Skills to be developed:
- Leading small-group discussions
- Evaluating effectiveness of lecture content and presentation
- Course review and analysis
Bioscience Postdoc Educational Leadership Program has two parts:
Program postdocs will audit and observe a 3-week block of the graduate course, Molecular Mechanisms in Human Diseases, which covers fundamentals in modern biology, with special emphasis on the implications and relevance to human diseases. This course was chosen for the program because its broad range of bioscience topics matches with a wide range of postdoc research interests and its variety of instructors provides multiple potential instructional role models for participants. Witness firsthand how a course is developed and improved and get the opportunity to observe a variety of UCLA faculty lecturers and discussion leaders. Participants will be assigned a 3-week block of intensive observation and participation during the Winter quarter.
Program postdocs will be provided access to the course development process, using the audited course as an example and have the opportunity to develop their own leadership skills by leading three small-group discussions with graduate students on research proposal writing skills. Training/information meetings will take place just before and after the academic quarter. Course observation will be a 8 hours/week, 3-week commitment.
Participants selected to join the Bioscience Postdoc Educational Leadership Program are required fully participate in the following activities:
- Audit and attend a 3-week block of the course, Molecular Mechanisms of Human Diseases during the appropriate quarter.
- Closely observe all the lectures during the 3-week commitment block, preparing lecture reviews on teaching and lecture style.
- Attend, participate, and review a weekly Faculty-led Literature Discussion for graduate students during their 3-week commitment block.
- Lead a small group discussion with graduate students on effective research proposal writing.
- Attend a pre-quarter training, information and course planning session for program participants.
- Discuss the observations they made during the attended lectures in terms of evaluating lecture style and composition.
- Get permission from their PI/mentor for their potential participation, should they be selected.
View the program website.