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Faculty Conversations on Teaching

In response to requests from Hopkins faculty, the Center for Educational Resources announces the next event in a new program, Lunch and Learn - Faculty Conversations on Teaching. These casual, monthly, one-hour discussions over lunch spotlight experienced faculty sharing innovative teaching practices and demonstrating how others might implement similar strategies.

The third offering in the series will take place on Friday, February 5, 2016, in 328 Malone Hall from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm. Emily Fisher, Director, Undergraduate Studies and Lecturer, Dept. of Biology; Margaret Taub, Assistant Scientist, Dept. of Biostatistics and Lecturer, Public Health Studies Program and Leah Jager, Assistant Scientist, Dept. of Biostatistics and Lecturer, Public Health Studies Program will present on Clickers: Beyond the Basics.

Lunch will be provided, starting at 11:45. As we are limited to 30 attendees, reservations are requested. Please register by emailing the CER at; a confirmation will be sent to you. Do you have an idea for a topic you would like to explore in a future session? Please describe it in your RSVP email!

The 2015-2016 Lunch and Learn Series:

  • Friday, October 30: Developing and Using Effective Active-Learning Exercises in Class
    • [see The Innovative Instructor blog post on this presentation]
  • Tuesday, December 8: Implementing Research-Based Assignments
    • [see The Innovative Instructor blog post on this presentation]
  • Friday, February 5: Clickers: Beyond the Basics
  • Friday, March 4: Teaching with Modeling and Simulations
  • Friday, April 1: Alternatives to the Research Paper

All events will be held from 12 to 1 pm in Malone 328 (Lunch available by 11:45.)


Introducing Reveal: an image annotation tool

Available for Homewood instructors, Reveal is a web application that uses image annotation to create websites. Reveal allows you to display image, audio, and video files in a spatial context, providing a way to illustrate visual relationships.

This program is integrated with Johns Hopkins Authentication so all content is password protected. To request a site or to view a demo site, please contact


3 New Innovative Instructor Articles

The Innovative Instructor series has grown to 39 articles on innovative teaching methods, technology and best practices. Read them online here along with previously published articles.

You can also pick up printed copies from the stands located near the Brody Learning Commons Cafe, on M-level by the Circulation desk or at the CER in the MSE Library.


Graduate student opportunity

Are you a Ph.D. student or Post-doctoral Fellow considering an academic career?

Would you like to improve your teaching skills and increase your competitive edge in today’s challenging job market?

Applications are now being accepted for the following programs:

The Teaching Academy

The Preparing Future Faculty Teaching Academy seeks Ph.D. students and Post-doctoral Fellows from across Johns Hopkins who wish to acquire instructional skills for academic careers that will involve teaching.  Students should be in or beyond their second year of doctoral work. Through this initiative, participants will obtain an overview of pedagogy, explore different educational models, acquire teaching and assessment skills, and work with faculty teaching mentors in a classroom, online course, or laboratory environment.

Applications for the Teaching Academy are now being accepted. If you are interested in this program, please apply by going to the Preparing Future Faculty Teaching Academy website application page or email, for more information.

The program is a supplementary professional development activity that is designed to complement, not detract from, participants’ research obligations.  To ensure that, students and postdocs are asked to submit a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) form signed by their research advisor along with their application. 


Teaching-as-Research Fellowships

Teaching-as-research (TAR) is the deliberate, systematic, and reflective use of research methods by instructors to develop and implement teaching practices that advance the learning experiences and student learning outcomes. Through a CIRTL grant aimed at fostering this approach to instruction, Johns Hopkins has developed a fellowship program to support teaching-as-research projects. Open to STEM graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, TAR fellowships carry a stipend of $1,250.  

For TAR projects conducted in the 2016 Spring or Summer terms, apply by December 11th, 2015.

  • In January, attend the ½ day Assessment Workshop* and three 1-hour sessions (on developing learning objectives, devising active learning activities, locating assessment research in your discipline) to help you develop your TAR project.
    • Attend three additional 1-hour "learning community" sessions with other TAR Fellows over the period of your course to support the implementation of your TAR project.
      • Write and present your final report!
        • Receive stipend.

Click here to apply or email for more information.