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Pizza & Pedagogy

Join your Teaching Academy Fellows for pizza and the opportunity to discuss teaching topics with guest faculty! Intended for those with little or no formal pedagogical training, these workshops are designed to prepare instructors to teach effectively at the university level. Open to all graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.  Note: For certificate track participants, attending a total of any six workshops in combination [Pizza and Pedagogy, Eyes-on-Teaching, KSAS Graduate Teaching Seminar (KSAS only), Faculty Exchanges (2 max), Workshops offered by CIRTL or Summer Institutes] may count as your Phase I Certificate of Completion/CIRTL Associate level.  Additional training may also be considered to count towards program completion on a case by case basis, email

Pizza & Pedagogy Series 2019-2020
When: First and Second Thursday, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: alternates between Homewood and East Baltimore campuses - open to all PhD and Post-doctoral Fellows at any location.

Registration: Seating is limited; please register by clicking here.

February 6th: Implicit Bias, The Learning Environment and Creating Inclusive Teaching Settings
Presented by
Rachel Levine, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine and Doctor of Medicine, Bay General Internal Medicine
Natasha Chida, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine and Doctor of Medicine, Infectious Diseases

March 5th: Writing an Effective Teaching Statement
Presented by Richard Brown, Director of Undergraduate Studies; Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Mathematics, School of Arts and Sciences, Johns Hopkins University

April 2nd: Learning Theory and Pedagogy in Practice
Presented by
Carey Borkoski, Assistant Professor, School of Education, Johns Hopkins University
Camille Bryant, Associate Professor, School of Education, Johns Hopkins University, and
Brianne Roos, Affliate Faculty, Loyola University and Graduate Student, School of Education, Johns Hopkins University

Registration: Seating is limited; please register by clicking here.

February 13th: How to Write a Good Test
Presented by Sarah Leupen, Senior Lecturer, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

How can you create test questions that successfully and reliably identify students who have achieved your objectives for them? What kinds of questions are better or worse for assessing student learning? What are common mistakes to avoid? How can you do a simple check to see which test questions are working well, or whether a change you made in your teaching has improved learning? There has been a lot of good work on these questions, and in this workshop we’ll explore each of these topics. You should emerge with a stronger idea of how to think about test design, to tell whether a test you’ve prepared is doing what you want it to do—and if not, specific ideas of how to fix it. 

March 12th: What is Your Teaching Philosophy? 
Presented by Megan Bohn, Assistant Director at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Learners will reflect on, analyze, and discuss their experiences as a learner, and as a teacher to identify and develop their own teaching philosophies.

April 9th: Online Teaching
Presented by Elizabeth Golub, Director, Online Programs for Applied Learning; Senior Lecturer, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University

KSAS Graduate Teaching Seminar

The KSAS Graduate Teaching Seminar is a forum for graduate students and post-docs interested in discussing teaching strategies and collaborating to generate solutions to challenges in the classroom. We welcome graduate student teachers and post-doctoral fellows from all KSAS departments to attend any sessions that may be helpful for their teaching practice and professional development.

Note: For certificate track participants, attending a total of any six workshops in combination [Pizza and Pedagogy, Eyes-on-Teaching, KSAS Graduate Teaching Seminar (KSAS only), Faculty Exchanges (2 max), CIRTL Workshops or training offered by Summer Institutes] may count as your Phase I -CIRTL Associate level.  Additional training may also be considered on a case by case basis. 

KSAS Graduate Teaching Seminar Series (Spring 2020)
When: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Gilman Hall, Room 400

We appreciate your registration in advance to help us plan, however it’s not required—feel free to drop in to any session.
Please register by clicking here.

February 6th: An Intro to Group Work
Why have students work in groups? What are the primary benefits and limitations of doing so? In this session we’ll discuss these questions and explore strategies for planning and implementing group activities in our classes.

February 20th: Teaching Writing (Quickly)
How can we teach writing when we have so much content to cover? Or when we’re TAs with little control over the agenda for the course? We’ll use this workshop to examine some smaller-scale writing exercises you can implement quickly in your classes to help students improve their writing in preparation for larger papers and projects.

February 27th: New Ways to Grade
Is there a better way to grade than what most of us have always done?  Come to this session to discuss strategies that teachers have used to try to make grades more meaningful, consistent, and reflective of course goals.

March 12th: Learning from Student Feedback
In this session we’ll share student feedback we’ve received and brainstorm ways to turn that feedback into improvements in our teaching, in the middle of the semester or in future courses. We’ll also discuss how to communicate our responses and plans for implementing the feedback with our students.

If you plan to attend, please bring some examples of student feedback that you’ve gathered in the past. These can be written responses to informal or formal teaching evaluations that students have completed (from a current or former course), or just a list you’ve generated based on student responses. If you’d like examples of surveys or feedback forms you can use, see here.

March 26th: Lecturing outside of class
How should we balance lecture and discussion in our courses? How do we encourage active participation from our students, and leave enough time for it, while also giving them the information they need to do it well? This session will introduce one solution to this common problem: the pre-recorded lecture. We’ll learn how to do it and debate its merits.

April 16th: What makes a good syllabus? Basics and Beyond
This workshop aims to help you get started on constructing your own syllabus. We’ll look at some different models to evaluate examples of fundamental elements like course description and learning objectives, and to identify some unique or non-traditional ways to present information to students.

April 23rd: Navigating American Academic Culture: What to Expect as a Teacher​​​​​​​
Special session led by experienced international grad student teachers. More info coming soon.

Culturally Responsive Teaching Series

The Teaching Academy, in partnership with the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), offers a special training opportunity: The Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) Workshop Series.

The CRT Program trains faculty and others by engaging them in self-reflective processes that allow them to convey to others—students, for example—the need for self-reflection, for self-awareness, for mindful engagement in life’s ever-changing cultural contexts. The CRT Program at CCBC emphasizes that because we human beings are the most social of animals, wherever human beings are, culture is always present. Our perceptions, interpretations, beliefs, and even our knowledge are culturally framed by our experiences in unique social networks of meaning making. Because perceptions of race are learned within bonded social-cultural networks, “race” too is always present and should be examined cooperatively and respectfully through dialogue.

Culturally Responsive Teaching Series  - Spring 2020
When: Wednesdays, 6-8 PM
Location: Center for Educational Resources, Homewood Campus (Directions)
Dinner will be provided. 

Please note that attending all four workshops in this series may count as your Phase I of the Teaching Academy's Certificate of Completion. 

February 26th - The Meanings of Culture and Race (REGISTER)

March 18th -  Overcoming Stereotype Threat (REGISTER)

March 25th - Using Restorative Justice to Combat Bias on Campus (REGISTER)

April 15th - The Application of Cultural Responsive Practices in the Classroom (REGISTER)

CIRTL Online Workshops and Courses

The CIRTL mission is to enhance excellence in undergraduate education through the development of a national faculty committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices for diverse learners as part of successful and varied professional careers. The Johns Hopkins University is an active member of this national network comprised of resesearch universities across the nation and Canada that are committed to improving higher education by preparing the faculty of the future. 

All workshops and courses are free to any JHU affliate.  You do not need to be part of the Teaching Academy community to take part in any of the training offered.  For those interested in earning the certificate of completion, CIRTL workshops my count towards your Phase I activity requirement and a CIRTL course may count as your Phase II activity requirement. 

Please see our news feed on the right-hand column of this page for upcoming CIRTL offerings or visit for more information.

Questions about CIRTL? Email Kelly Clark,, JHU's Co-Administrative Leader.