The Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation (DTEI) and Summer Session are now offering the Summer Teaching Apprenticeship Program (STAP). This program will offer a unique opportunity for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to receive teaching training, practice, and mentorship prior to teaching  a summer course as Instructor of Record.  Mentorship will come from faculty mentors, Dr. Danny Mann (DTEI’s Director of Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Scholar Instructional Development) , and  Dr. Ashley Hooper (DTEI’s Postdoctoral Scholar). Prior to the Summer Session, faculty mentors will provide guidance and support with course design and development (e.g., selecting curriculum, developing in-class activities, and creating assessments). Faculty mentors will also provide midterm feedback (through a teaching observation) as well as offer final recommendations, following the completion of the course. Dr. Mann and Dr. Hooper will help STAP participants develop and improve their pedagogical practices and instructional techniques, by observing select lectures and providing feedback. This hands-on learning and mentorship experience is ideal for graduate students and postdocs who are interested in pursuing a teaching-related career.

 

Faculty Mentors:

STAP depends on enthusiastic faculty mentors throughout the campus who are willing to lend their support to the STAP Fellows. Faculty mentors are expected to engage in the following responsibilites:

  • Meet a minimum of four times with STAP participants before the 2021 Summer term begins. During these meetings, faculty mentors may wish to discuss the following topics: drafting a syllabus, identifying course goals, writing student learning outcomes, selecting course readings and materials, developing assessments, and/or creating in-class activities.
  • Meet with the selected Fellows once halfway through the Summer term for a midterm teaching consultation. For the consultation, faculty will observe the Fellow teach one class and provide feedback regarding instruction (e.g., pacing, student engagement, and/or or in-class activities). In addition, faculty will discuss the results of the midterm course evaluation that the Fellows will administer and offer suggestions for incorporating student feedback.
  • Meet with selected Fellows once following the completion of the summer course(s) to discuss and reflect on the teaching and mentoring experience.
  • Complete a program  evaluation survey, with the option to participate in an interview to offer additional feedback.

These requirements reflect the minimum expectations for faculty mentorship; we strongly encourage faculty to expand upon this baseline and offer additional mentorship to Fellows as needed. Faculty who serve as mentors for two STAP Fellows (each serving as Instructor of Record) will be awarded a $1500 research stipend. Another $500 will be awarded for each additional Fellow mentored. (Faculty mentoring only one STAP Fellow will earn an $800 stipend.)

 

STAP Fellows:

STAP Fellows must be able to serve as Instructor of Record during the summer, either as a postdoctoral scholar or a graduate student who has advanced to candidacy (or possesses a Master’s degree in a relevant field). If selected as a STAP Fellow, the candidate must first obtain the approval of their department chair as well as faculty advisor/PI prior to being accepted into the program. STAP Fellows are expected to carry out the following responsibilities:

  • Teach a course as Instructor of Record during the 2021 Summer Session.
  • Complete the STAP prerequisite requirement before the end of the Spring 2021 term. Prerequisites include completing at least one of the following:
    • (1) University Studies 390X seminar (a quarter-long seminar offered by the DTEI during Fall or Winter quarters);
    • (2) Certificate in Teaching Excellence Program (an online self-paced program available through DTEI);
    • (3) Certificate in Teaching Excellence Program course modules, exempting the observation requirement (i.e., completing the following course modules only: active learning, assessment, collaborative learning, creating an inclusive learning environment, how people learn, instructional technology, and course design). Fellows are encouraged to finish their observation requirement during their Summer 2021 course and earn their Certificate in Teaching Excellence.
    • (4) Approved department pedagogy courses (EDUC 226, ENGR 290, and ANTHRO 289).
  • Meet monthly during the Spring and Summer quarters with the interdisciplinary group of Fellows and Dr. Danny Mann, Director of Grad & Postdoc Instructional Development.
  • Meet a minimum of four times with a faculty mentor before the 2021 Summer term begins. These meetings are meant to help Fellows prepare for teaching their Summer course. During these meetings, Fellows may wish to discuss the following topics with their faculty mentors: drafting a syllabus, identifying course goals, writing student learning outcomes, selecting course readings and materials, developing assessments, and/or creating in-class activities. Fellows will be required to submit meeting notes for four meetings.
  • Schedule a midterm teaching observation consultation with your faculty mentor. Prior to this consultation, you will need to complete the following: (1) administer a midterm course evaluation survey to collect midterm feedback from your students; and (2) arrange for your faculty mentor to observe your teaching. During your midterm consultation, you will meet to discuss your mentor’s observation feedback (e.g., suggestions for improving student engagement) as well as your midterm course evaluation (e.g., ways to incorporate student feedback). You will be given materials to guide your mentor’s observation of your teaching and your midterm survey.
  • Meet with your faculty mentor once following the completion of the summer course(s) to discuss and reflect on the teaching and mentoring experience.
  • Complete a program program evaluation survey, with the option to participate in an interview to offer additional feedback.

Fellows will earn a STAP Certificate upon completion.

STAP Fellows will be hired by UCI Summer Session and will receive financial compensation to teach during the summer. Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) appointments and Postdoctoral appointments will be adjusted to compensate for the approximate amount of time trainees will spend teaching. For example, if a postdoctoral trainee is selected to teach one session of the selected course, the postdoctoral appointment will be reduced to 50%. If the postdoctoral trainee is selected to teach two sessions, the appointment will be reduced to 0%.

Program Timeline

Winter: STAP Fellows and faculty mentors are proposed by schools and departments.

Spring - Summer: STAP Fellows meet as a cohort with DTEI and complete additional training as needed. STAP Fellows meet with their faculty mentor. 

Summer: STAP Fellows teach as Instructor of Record! STAP Fellows are observed once by DTEI and once by faculty mentor and receive feedback.

 

If you are interested in participating in STAP, please reach out to your department summer session coordinator.

 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact:

  • Ashley Hooper, Postdoctoral Scholar, at amhooper@uci.edu
  • Danny Mann, Director of Graduate Student & Postdoctoral Scholar Instructional Development, at dmann@uci.edu
  • Brian Sato, Associate Dean of DTEI, at bsato@uci.edu
  • Tom Radmilovich, Assistant Dean of Summer Session, at tmradmil@uci.edu