Current training opportunities for graduate/doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows of Johns Hopkins University can be found below.

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), additional series offered by the Teaching Academy, 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

Current listing:

Pizza & Pedagogy

Join your Teaching Academy Fellows for 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. 

Pizza & Pedagogy Series - Fall 2021

When: dates/times TBD below
Location: Online via Zoom (register for access link) - Sorry ! No pizza at the moment due to COVID restrictions!
Registration: Register separately at links below. Attendance at all workshops in a series is encouraged, but not required.

Workshop Schedule

Eyes on Teaching

Intended for those with little or no formal pedagogical training, these workshops are designed to prepare instructors to teach effectively at the university level.

Workshops are open to all graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, lecturers, and faculty with instructional appointments in Arts & Sciences or Engineering.  Also open to any graduate student or post-doctoral fellow enrolled in the certificate track program regardless of division.

Eyes on Teaching Series - Fall 2021

When: Thursdays, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET
Location: Online via Zoom (register for access link)


Please register separately for each date/workshop. You do not have to attend all.

Workshop Schedule

All sessions presented by Dr. Richard Shingles, Lecturer, Biology, Johns Hopkins University.

  • Preparing a Course Syllabus, Thursday, September 23, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET
    All courses benefit from a well-written syllabus. It provides a means by which instructors can distribute course procedures and policies and students can avoid any misunderstandings about due dates, assignments and grading criteria. This workshop covers the essential elements of a good syllabus, including course and institutional policies.
  • Preparing for the First Day of Class, Thursday, September 30, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET
    The first day of class sets the tone for the entire semester. Come and see how you can get your class off to a good start while addressing the three important tasks of the first day: administrative matters, creating a friendly classroom environment, and setting course expectations and standards.
  • Lecture Strategies, Thursday, October 7, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET
    Find out how to prepare a lecture course. Get tips on how to structure a lecture. Learn how to personalize a large lecture course. Discover alternatives to lecturing that encourage student participation.
  • Enhancing Student Motivation and Learning, Thursday, October 14, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET
    Learn how to help students develop effective learning skills. Hear about different learning styles and preferences and how to capitalize on these in your course. Find out about methods to motivate students in your course.
  • Active Learning in Practice, Thursday, October 21, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET
    Come and experience live Active Learning Exercises (ALEs). Learn about tips and tools used in ALEs and how to manage an active learning classroom.
  • Testing and Grading, Thursday, October 28, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET
    Learn how to construct valid testing instruments for your students. See how Bloom’s taxonomy can inform your tests. Find out how to allay student anxieties about tests and minimize complaints about grading.
  • Instructional Media and Technology, Thursday, November 4, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET
    Technology use in the classroom should never be a distraction to the pedagogical methods used in a class. However, many classroom technologies can enhance student learning. Learn about classroom technologies that are currently used at JHU and hear about future technologies that may be coming soon to a classroom near you.
  • Evaluation to Improve Instruction, Thursday, November 11, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET
    Current end of course evaluations provide summative information too late to impact your current class. Learn how to incorporate early feedback activities into your class to help improve student understanding of course material. Consider methods to assess your own teaching in the classroom.

KSAS Graduate Teaching Seminar

The KSAS Graduate Teaching Seminar is a workshop and 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 students and post-docs from all Krieger School departments to attend any sessions that may be helpful for their teaching practice and professional development.

This semester’s workshops will constitute an ongoing series focused on a single (but expansive) topic: “Discussion.” What do successful discussions look like? How can we best plan and facilitate them? We’ll work on those questions but we’ll also take a step back to think critically about the limitations of the traditional discussion structure and consider ways to expand or move beyond it in our courses.

KSAS Graduate Teaching Seminar Series - Fall 2021

When: Wednesdays 3-4pm ET; dates below
Location: online


Please register separately for each date/workshop. You do not have to attend all. Open to KSAS graduate students only.

Workshop Schedule

All sessions presented by Allon Brann, Teacher Support Specialist, Teaching Academy & Center for Educational Resources, Johns Hopkins University.

The five workshops are designed as a sequence. Each session will build upon the previous ones, so the more you can attend the more (we hope) you’ll get out of each. While we encourage you to attend them all, it’s not required; you’re welcome to register for those that best fit your schedule or most interest you. If you’d like to participate in the full series but have a conflict with a particular session, please contact Allon and he’ll be happy to help you get caught up.

  • Introduction: Why do we discuss? (September 15th September 22nd, 3-4pm ET)
  • Planning: Which questions should we ask? (September 22nd September 29th, 3-4pm ET)
  • Directions: How should students prepare? (October 6th October 13th, 3-4pm ET)
  • Management: How can we engage and include all students? (October 27th,3-4pm ET)
  • “Beyond Discussion”: What else can we try? (November 17th, 3-4pm ET)

Workshops will take place on various Wednesdays from 3-4pm eastern on Zoom. Given limited capacity, please make sure to cancel your registration online in advance if your plans change.

If you have any questions or feedback, please email Allon Brann at

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.