CAT hosts a variety of professional development opportunities for faculty in all disciplines, including a weekly lunch series, special topics workshops, and teaching events. We also offer individual consultations instructors of all ranks and consult with departments and schools/divisions about how to best support their teaching goals. Learn more about our programming below and more about our consultation services here and our grant programs here.
Faculty Development Programs
The Faculty Summer Institute for Course (Re)Design
The Faculty Summer Institute for Course (Re)Design is a professional development opportunity that provides resources and support for instructors who are preparing to deliver a course during the 2021-22 academic year. In this facilitated learning community, you will build on lessons learned from the past year+ of remote teaching and apply evidence-based teaching practices to create or revise your course plan with an eye toward 1) fostering equitable and effective learning for your students and 2) building your capacity (and that of your instructional team) to design flexible activities and assessments suitable for any teaching modality.
Due to high demand, we are no longer accepting applications for the 2021 summer institute
Community Instructional Transformation Initiative (CITI @ CAT)
The CITI@CAT initiative is a multi-quarter structured research program to help a group of instructors design and implement an intervention in their course and evaluate the impact of that intervention. Priority will be given to UCLA instructors who are teaching undergraduate courses. Participants are eligible to apply for up to $1,000 to support teaching-related professional development. Learn more HERE.
The Peer-Assisted Reflections on Student Learning (PAROSL)
The Peer-Assisted Reflections on Student Learning (PAROSL) Project is a UCLA program that supports faculty who are interested in (1) incorporating more student-centered, inclusive practices into their teaching and (2) building their professional teaching portfolios. Participants are eligible to apply for up to $1,000 to support teaching-related professional development.
CAT Sponsored Workshops
Learn at Lunch Program
Join CAT staff for informal conversations supporting equitable and effective teaching. All faculty, teaching assistants, and instructional support staff are welcome to attend! Visit the Learn @ Lunch program page of our website to learn more about live conversations and opportunities to engage with our team via Substack and Twitter.
Special Topics Workshops and Webinars
We offer special topics workshops frequently, and also host panel discussions with faculty and other education leaders. Please see our events page for upcoming workshops and panels.
The list below highlights some of the topics covered in our recent workshops. Visit our Workshop Recordings and Resources page to access materials from these programs and other CAT events.
- Creating Community Remotely
- Effective Instructor-TA Communication
- Fostering Student Engagement Remotely
- Foundations for Equitable & Inclusive Teaching
- Getting Mid-Quarter Feedback on your Teaching
- Interrupting Bias to Cultivate Inclusivity
- Supporting Remote Writing & Research Instruction with WI+RE Tutorials
Discipline-Specific Pedagogy Workshops
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
Campus-wide Teaching Events
New Faculty Teaching Engagement (NFTE)
Our NFTE program is an annual orientation that is focused on teaching. It welcomes all faculty and lecturers new to UCLA. The goal of the program is to better prepare new faculty and lecturers to teach at UCLA.
See event details and agendas from all NFTE events.
Spring Teaching Symposium
Every spring, we collaborate with campus partners to convene a teaching symposium with particular themes.
2021 Teaching at UCLA: Looking Forward with 2020 Vision
2020 Teaching at UCLA: Next Steps for Improved Remote Instruction
2019 Teaching at UCLA: A Symposium to Showcase Innovation & Inspire Excellence
Fall Teaching Forum
During the few weeks leading up to the fall quarter, we offer workshops and discussion forums to help the teaching community prepare for the new academic year.
Fall Teaching Forum: Leaning into Remote Teaching:
The Center for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT), the Center for Education Innovation & Learning in the Sciences (CEILS), and Excellence in Pedagogy and Innovative Classrooms (EPIC) joint efforts to showcase lessons learned from spring quarter and provide an opportunity for instructors to collaborate within and across disciplines as we all prepare for the fall term. View session details for the 2020 Fall Teaching Forum here, and view recordings and resources here.
For more information about programming contact us at:
Kumiko Haas, Director of Instructional Improvement Programs
Beth Goodhue, Associate Director for Faculty Engagement