Teaching @ Yale Days

Spring 2014 Teaching @ Yale Day


Date and Location January 13, 2014, HGS 119

Register here 

Packet available here

Contact Stuart Duncan or Alex Seggerman with any questions.


  • 9:30am Welcome
  • 9:45 The first Day of Class: Two Types of Teachers
  • 10:15 Panel: Perspectives on Teaching
    • Dean Mia Reinoso Genoni, “The Yale College Structure, and Policies and Protocols”
    • Professor Alan Mikhail, “The Interaction between Professors and Teaching Fellows”
    • Claudia Calhoun, YTC fellow, “What I Wish I Had Known as a New TF”
    • TBA, “The Role of the TF in an Undergraduate’s Career”
  • 11:20 Topics in Teaching: Core Competencies
  • 12:00 Lunch

Held before the first week of classes every semester, “Teaching @ Yale Days” orient teaching fellows to the culture of Yale’s undergraduate experience, the structure and function of sections and labs in the Yale curriculum, and the expectations of Yale students and faculty.

Teaching @ Yale Days are open to all disciplines, with the spring program featuring a combined science/social science/humanities session. 

By attending Spring 2014 Teaching @ Yale Day, you will:

  1. Learn strategies for the first day of class
  2. Learn about important policies and guidelines for teaching in Yale College
  3. Receive guidance from experienced teaching fellows and faculty members
  4. Be introduced to teaching resources at Yale

Fall 2013 Teaching @ Yale Day

August 26, 2013, from 9:30-12:15 or 1:15-4:00 (depending on discipline).  HGS classroom locations TBA.

Teaching @ Yale Day is conceived of as an orientation to teaching at Yale for all first-time teachers (graduate students or postdoctoral scholars, but also faculty members).

If you will be teaching for the first time this fall, these half-day, intensive workshops are for you.  You will come away with strategies for breaking the ice and setting the right tone from Day One; you will receive up-to-date information on the policies and procedures that are in place to support you and your students; and you will make contact with people and resources that can help you plan a successful and efficient semester.

Teaching @ Yale Days are open to all disciplines, with the fall program split between one session for the sciences and separate sessions for the social sciences and for the humanities, while the spring program feature a combined science/social science/humanities session.

Each fall, there is also a special orientation program for teaching fellows in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH), and another program designed for teaching fellows in the Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS)

All teachers are invited to lunch in the HGS courtyard, from 12:15-1:15.

Coming soon: a complete agenda and registration information.

Advanced Teaching Workshops

“Advanced Teaching Workshops” are held throughout the year to help postdoctoral scholars and teaching fellows gain the skills they need to make the transition to faculty positions.  Participants in these workshops learn advanced skills in such areas as leading discussions, designing assignments, instructional technology, lesson planning, lecturing, giving feedback and grading, as well as learning to design courses at a variety of levels. Some workshops are offered as single programs and some as a series.  

2013-2014 line-up TBA

2012-2013 Advanced Teaching Workshops

  • Advanced Discussion Techniques
  • Advanced Series in Language & Literature
  • Beyond Academics: The Role of a TF in a Student’s Life
  • Classroom Management: Coping with Difficult Personalities
  • Course Design
  • Discussion Techniques for Peer Learning
  • Diverse Classroom: Reaching First-Generation, International, and Non-Traditional Students
  • Diverse Classroom: Stereotype Threat
  • Diversity and the University: Classrooms and Course Design
  • Engaging Students with Clickers
  • Getting Out of the Classroom: Teaching in the Galleries
  • How to Grade a Humanities Paper
  • Leading Effective Review Session
  • Lecture Observation Series
  • Lecturing I: Preparing to Lecture
  • Lecturing II: Delivering a Lecture
  • Nurturing Students’ Transferable Skills I: Promoting Excellence in Reading
  • Nurturing Students’ Transferable Skills II: Promoting Excellence in Writing
  • Plagiarism and Academic Integrity
  • Preparing to Teach Graduate-Level Courses
  • Problem Based Learning
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Social Media in the Classroom
  • Student Filmmaking as a Teaching Tool
  • Teaching a Summer Course
  • Teaching Observation Training
  • Teaching Outside Your Area of Expertise
  • Teaching Students with Different Levels of Preparation
  • Teaching with Food (Chocolate!)
  • Technology as a Teaching Tool
  • Using Media and Visual Sources in the Classroom
  • Writing Letters of Recommendation

Instructional Consultations & Classroom Observations

Although many teaching principles and practices can be conveyed through workshops and lectures, there is no substitute for individual discussion with a YTC staff member about one’s teaching style, classroom goals, and interaction with faculty and students. The YTC routinely assists postdoctoral scholars with section and course design, mid-semester classroom observations and feedback, interpreting student evaluations, and addressing problems in the classroom.

Postdoctoral scholars who wish to review and reflect on their own teaching are eligible for one-on-one, confidential consultations from a member of the YTC staff.  Consultations begin with a discussion in which the fellow describes course goals, plans for the semester, and any issues or teaching practices that are of primary concern.  The consultant then observes or videotapes the class.  The postdoc and consultant then meet again to discuss the observation and generate strategies for more effective teaching.  Lastly, the postdoc receives a report from the consultant on the observation.

The Academic Job Search Series

Offered in conjunction with Graduate Career Services, the Academic Job Search Series takes postdoctoral scholars and graduate students through the entire process of applying for and landing an academic position.  Beginning with the development of a curriculum vitae and cover letter and ending with strategies for interviews and job talks, the series helps postdoctoral scholars and graduate students refine their materials and their skills. 

1. Academic Job Search

Every fall the YTC collaborates with Graduate Career Services on the “Academic Job Search” series, to help postdoctoral scholars and graduate students prepare for the academic job market. Sessions are free and do not require advance registration. The fall series is for participants in all departments, while several sessions are then repeated in the spring to provide additional opportunities to prepare for an academic interview.

Fall 2013 Schedule

When: September 4, 9, 17, 26, and 30 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Where: HGS 119

September 17, 2013“How to Show Evidence of Teaching, Teaching Statements, Evaluations, etc.”

September 26, 2013“Review of Question Types, Types of Interviews, and How to Frame Effective Responses”

NOTE: the September 26th session is two hours long

September 30, 2013“Preparing to Teaching the Interview Class and the Job Talk”

Register here

2. Training Lab for Scientists

This series is designed to help postdoctoral scholars and graduate students in the sciences find postdoctoral positions and/or prepare for an academic job search. Each session features outside speakers or Yale faculty members, who address topics such as how to find a postdoctoral position, what it is like to be a new faculty member, how to prepare application materials, and what selection committee members really look for. This series is offered in late May or early June.

Preparing Future Faculty Series

This series provides guidance similar to the Academic Job Search series, and includes sessions that will help the new assistant professor succeed in the first year of teaching and research. 

1. Preparing Future Science Faculty Series (I): Teaching Your Own Course

Participants in this workshop series gain valuable tools for getting started as science teachers. Topics include course and syllabus design, presentation skills, writing a lecture, promoting active learning, incorporating science information literacy in the classroom, and the effective use of writing and other assignments. This series is offered in the spring and alternates between Science Hill and the Medical School area.

2. Preparing Future Science Faculty Series (II): The Classroom and Beyond

This workshop series addresses the skills and strategies that science graduate students and postdoctoral scholars will find helpful and they prepare for an academic job. This series is offered every two to three years and features guest speakers from the Yale faculty. Junior professors share their perspectives on what it is like to get started, and senior professors offer advice about teaching non-majors, engaging students in any course, and developing the leadership skills to manage and mentor your own lab group. The final session provides practical advice on writing a teaching statement, making the most of your teaching experience, and talking about teaching in an interview.