Goals of the Certificate
Many postdoctoral scholars at North Carolina State University plan to pursue a career in academia as faculty members. Teaching, in addition to research, is a critical component of a faculty member’s responsibilities. However, pedagogical practice is often not part of a postdoc’s work experience. In order to provide postdocs with professional development in the area of teaching and, therefore, to make them more competitive for faculty positions, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) at North Carolina State University has established the “Certificate in Teaching Techniques” (“CITT” pronounced “kit”) specifically geared for postdoctoral appointees. Postdocs need to register for the program at http://harvest.cals.ncsu.edu/surveybuilder/wrap/form.cfm?testID=15380 and complete the requirements described below in order to receive the Certificate; postdocs may register at any time. Upon completion, OPA will award the participant the CITT. It is recommended that postdocs complete this program within two (2) years. The overall goal of this program: postdocs will emerge with a variety of techniques in their “CITT” which will prepare them to become successful faculty within teaching and learning environments.
Six (6) workshops are required and are outlined as follows:
- One (1) MANDATORY workshop (offered once each fall and spring semester)
- Three (3) CORE workshops are required
- Active Learning: Getting Started
- Classroom Assessment Techniques
- Classroom Management: Getting Started
- Collaborative Learning and Group Work
- Effective Questioning Techniques
- Establishing Credibility & Authority in the Classroom
- Evaluation and Grading
- Learning Styles
- Motivational Teaching Strategies
- Two (2) ELECTIVES are required (various topics are offered each fall and spring and vary semester to semester). Additional workshops are offered through the Fundamentals in Teaching [FIT] series at http://www.ncsu.edu/grad/preparing-future-leaders/index.php, the Office of Faculty Development (OFD) at http://www.ncsu.edu/faculty-development/, or Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications (DELTA) at http://delta.ncsu.edu/learn/workshops/.
Many workshops are also offered online (thru Moodle) and can be found at: http://www.ncsu.edu/grad/preparing-future-leaders/on-demand/#motivation