Workshops/Training Opportunities

Exploring Faculty Careers Workshop

Wondering which type of faculty career is right for you? Not sure how to plan your time to best prepare for a faculty position?

Join the Office of Career and Professional Development for a 90-minute Exploring Faculty Careers workshop for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to:

- Get an overview of types of faculty positions in the U.S.

- Identify appropriate positions for your interests

- Identify the skills you need to demonstrate when applying for your faculty position of choice

- Find out how to plan your time so you can earn the skills you need to be successful

This workshop will be offered on:

Tues, April 7, 9:30-11am in Gen N 114 (Mission Bay)

Tues, April 14, 2-3:30pm in Nursing 225 (Parnassus)

Notes: Bring your computer with you. No registration required. 

Facilitators: Bill Lindstaedt and Laurence Clement

Visas: After the workshop, international scholars will be invited to stay for a discussion about getting visas and green cards as new faculty members with Brian Groves and Chris Flores of the International Students and Scholars Office.

Questions? Contact Laurence Clement, Program Director of Academic Career Development at [email protected].

Boston Consulting Group: Virtual Resume Writing Workshop

Join BCG in this session for an overview of how to translate your CV into a business style resume. They will highlight the BCG process, and advanced degree holders at the firm will help shed light on this format from their own experiences both as candidates and now interviewers at BCG.

Date: April 1st at Noon PST
Location: Online
Register at:
Log in information will be sent after student registration.
Questions? Contact them at [email protected]

Exploring Faculty Careers for U.S and International Scholars

This workshop is part of the Planning an Academic Career for Upcoming Professors (PAC-UP) series offered by the Office of Career and Professional Development.

Part 1: Workshop - Exploring Faculty Careers

Facilitators: Bill Lindstaedt and Laurence Clement

This workshop will provide an overview of the types of faculty positions and institutions in the US and the faculty job market, and will provide tools for identifying appropriate positions for your skills, values and interests, and to help you plan your academic career development.

Tues, April 7, 9:30-11am in Gen N 114 (Mission Bay)
Tues, April 14, 2-3:30pm in Nursing 225 (Parnassus)

Part 2: Discussion - Getting a visa or green card as a faculty

Guests: Brian Groves and Chris Flores

Join us for a discussion with the International Students and Scholars Office. Bring your questions to Brian Groves and Chris Flores around visa and green card issues when applying to academic careers.

Tues, April 7, 11am-12pm in Gen N 114 (Mission Bay)
Tues, April 14, 3:30-4:30pm in Nursing 225 (Parnassus)

Please visit the Office of Career and Professional Development's site for additional resources:

Active LENS Train-the-Trainers Workshop: June 4-6 2015, East Lansing, MI

Avida-ED is now accepting applications for an intensive residence workshop at Michigan State University on teaching evolution and the nature of science using the software package Avida-ED to be held June 4-6, 2015 in East Lansing, MI. Avida-ED is an award-winning, free, user-friendly version of the Avida research platform that was developed specifically for educational purposes, with a graphical user interface and visualizations that allow students to observe evolution in action and conduct their own evolutionary experiments. Teams of two will learn to use Avida-ED in their own classrooms and how to train other educators. Travel and expenses will be covered as part of an NSF-funded IUSE grant for the 20 applicants selected for the workshop and funds are available for subsequent training projects.

For further information see the Avida-ED home page:

Application deadline: March 2, 2015. If you have any questions or difficulties with the application, contact Michael Wiser ([email protected]).

Accelerated Path to Teach for UCSF Certificates

The Research and Development in Medical Education (RaDME) program will offer an Accelerated Path to Teach for UCSF Certificates on Sunday, March 29, 2015. This intensive day of UCSF Educational Skills Workshops is offered in conjunction with the March 30-31 UCSF Education Showcase.

Additional details:

  • There is a small fee for Sunday workshops to cover costs of weekend scheduling.
  • CME credit is available.
  • Workshops take place at Parnassus campus in three tracks: General, Clinical and Simulation Teaching.
  • Registration ends March 24.
  • Registering early helps ensure that workshops will not be cancelled due to low registration.
  • Cancellations with refunds, minus an admin fee, are allowed up to one week before the event.\
  • See full schedule and details (don’t forget to check March 30-31!)
  • Register. You will need to log in or create a free account at the CME website. Contact Victoria Ruddick if you have any trouble.

Learn more here.

2015 Lick Observatory Teacher Institute (LOTI)

The Lick Observatory Teacher Institute is now accepting applications for their 2015 LOTI.

LOTI is a professional development experience for middle school, high school, and lower division undergraduate school instructors that will take place July 7-9th, 2015 at the University of California’s Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton, 20 miles east of San Jose, California.

Instructors who attend will:

  • learn ideas for teaching science and engineering practices, cross-cutting concepts and key Common Core standards within the context of astronomy.
  • Investigate ways of using astronomical data in their classroom using well-vetted, inquiry and standards-based classroom activities.

The 3-day/2-Night workshop will feature tours and demonstrations of research facilities at Lick Observatory, as well as nighttime observing with research telescopes. UC astronomers will participate in the workshop, providing insights for the connections between educational standards and their research. The application Deadline is March 11, 2015. There is a workshop fee of $575. Fees cover lodging, meals, registration, and instructional materials. Teachers are responsible for their own transportation.

Read the full workshop description and apply here.

Mission Bay Research in Progress Seminar (RIPS)

The Mission Bay Research in Progress Seminar (RIPS) series is looking for presenters for this quarter and also the Spring quarter. If you would like the opportunity to present your ongoing research, please reach out to the RIPS Committee ([email protected]).

RIPS is held on Friday afternoons and is a chance for students and postdocs to present their research that is in progress to a broad audience and to get fresh feedback. Each talk is roughly 15 minutes long and refreshments are provided by RIPS (and our generous sponsors) before the talks.

If you would like to participate in RIPS this year, please reach out to them soon!