Training

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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. 

Pizza & Pedagogy Series 2020-2021
When: dates/times below
Location: Online (sorry - no pizza!); Register for Zoom link
Registration: Graduate and doctoral students and Post-doctoral Fellows at Johns Hopkins University can register by clicking the links below; Registration required to receive access.


  • August 13th from 12:00-1:30 PM ET
    Teaching Effectively for Online Learning presented by Rachel B. Levine, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Dean for Faculty Educational Development and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

  • August 20th from 4:00-5:30 PM ET
    Writing an Effective Teaching Statement presented by Megan Bohn, PhD, Assistant Director for Postdoctoral Affairs at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

  • October 29th from 3:00-4:00 PM ET
    A Conversation on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion presented by Robbie Shilliam, PhD, Professor, Political Science, and Sunita Thyagarajan, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Chemistry at Johns Hopkins University

  • October 30th from 12:00-1:00 PM ET
    Teaching at Different Types of Universities - A Panel Discussion  The panelist and their institutional perspectives that they will represent follow:

    Lisa D. Brown, PhD, Morgan State University, Associate Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Director, Office Of Undergraduate Research, Coordinator, SCMNS Honors Program, PI, NSF-PERSIST Program

    Rebecca Kelly, PhD, Johns Hopkins University, Director, Environmental Science and Studies, Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Formerly Assistant and Associate Professor at Sweet Briar College (2001-2015)

    Amrita Madabushi, PhD, National Institutes on Aging and Baltimore City Community College, Associate Director, Training Office, Office of Scientific Director, NIA, Adjunct Faculty, Biotechnology, Natural & Physical Science, BCCC, MD State Representative, InnovATEBIO National Biotech Education Center

    Alison Papadakis, PhD, Johns Hopkins University, Director of Clinical Psychological Studies, Teaching Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences, Formerly Assistant and Associate Professor at Loyola Univ. Maryland (2005 – 2015)

  • November 11th from 12:00-1:30 PM ET
    Adaptive Active Learning Strategies presented by Mariana Socal, MD MS MPP PhD, Assistant Scientist, Department of Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

  • December 1st from 12:00-1:00 PM ET
    The S.A.L.A.M.I. Method: Helping the Academically Challenged Student Using a Systematic Approach to Learning and Metacognitive Development presented by Dr. James M. Culhane, PhD, Professor and Assistant Dean for Student Academic Success Programs, NTA Certified Academic Coach, Notre Dame of Maryland University School of Pharmacy.

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 teachingacademy@jhu.edu. Participants expecting to earn Phase I credit are expected to actively participate for the duration of the workshop.

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 2020
When: Thursdays, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET
Location: currently online; register for access via Zoom
Registration: please register HERE for link to access


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

Workshop Schedule

  • Preparing a Course Syllabus, Thursday, October 8, 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, October 15, 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 22, 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 29, 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, November 5, 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, November 12, 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 19, 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, December 3, 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.

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 teachingacademy@jhu.edu. Participants expecting to earn Phase I credit are expected to actively participate for the duration of the workshop.

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.

KSAS Graduate Teaching Seminar Series (Fall 2020)
When: dates/times below
Location: currently meeting online; please register for Zoom link
Registration: KSAS graduate students can register by clicking here.


Please note that though our sessions will be conducted online, this doesn’t mean that all or even most of our discussions will focus on online teaching.  In fact, we want to encourage participants to continue thinking about and working on plans for future in-person teaching experience

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 teachingacademy@jhu.edu. Participants expecting to earn Phase I credit are expected to actively participate for the duration of the workshop.

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 www.cirtl.net for more information.

Questions about CIRTL? Email Kelly Clark, kelly.clark@jhu.edu, JHU's Co-Administrative Leader.