For many postdoctoral scholars who plan to pursue a career in academia, learning to teach will be a key element of their success, but teaching opportunities are not commonly part of most postdoctoral positions. CIRTL colleagues at the University of Arizona developed a two-semester, “just-in-time, just-enough” postdoctoral certificate in teaching excellence that combines pedagogical training and participation in faculty learning communities with a short-term, intensive mentored co-teaching experience. In 2020–2021, two postdoc/faculty teams piloted the program; and in 2021–2022, a cohort of eight postdocs completed the program and co-taught with mentors. Pre/post survey data revealed that participants applied their training to their co-teaching, reported significant gains in almost all categories of teaching preparedness, and continued to pursue professional development in teaching one year after completing the program. The team evaluated the program’s outcomes and make recommendations for best practices as well as future research for postdoctoral teaching preparation.
Kristin Winet is an Associate Professor of Practice within the University Center for Assessment, Teaching, and Technology (UCATT) at the University of Arizona.
Morgan Carter is an Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Jeannette D. Hoit is a Professor & Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at the University of Arizona.
Gail D. Burd is the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the University of Arizona.