The Center for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT) engages proactively with faculty in order to improve teaching at UCLA. We consult with departments and schools/divisions about how to best support the teaching goals of their faculty, and help plan and deliver pedagogical workshops for groups of instructors.
One of these efforts is a collaboration with schools and divisions to develop discipline-specific pedagogy workshop series, with faculty from the school or division leading the workshops for their colleagues. CAT staff work closely during the development of the workshop, providing pedagogical expertise to help shape the session, ad provide support during the presentations.
The mission of the program is to build a community of practice that includes both new and continuing faculty to create an atmosphere that values teaching. The primary goal is to support new faculty as they develop their first courses, while also supporting all faculty that are interested in improving student outcomes through better pedagogy.
The workshops can cover the basic tenets of evidence based practices that lead to successful learning outcomes for students, and also include resources that an instructor at UCLA can use for support. The topics of the workshops have been selected by the divisional leadership, who also identify faculty who will lead the individual sessions. The collaboration with CAT provides a foundation in evidence-based pedagogy to support the discipline-specific expertise and experience of the presenting faculty.
Engineering FT^2 (Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Fall 2019) – Contact Associate Dean Rick Wesel
Social Science FT^2 (Fall 2019) – Contact Professor Juliette Williams
Law School Remote Teaching Workshop (Summer 2020) – Contact Professor Timothy Malloy
Contact us to request workshops for your area:
Adrienne Lavine, Associate Vice Provost and Faculty Director
Kumiko Haas, Director of Instructional Improvement Programs