Many of our graduate students and postdocs serve the UMass community in the classroom and in the laboratory, as teaching assistants and solo instructors. In addition to supporting those teaching right now, OPD also helps prepare graduate students and postdocs for careers as teachers.

Manuela Borzone, PhD student in Comparative Literature

Whether geared toward classroom management, interpersonal communication with students, or streamlining class preparation and grading, the teaching workshops helped me further develop my teaching skills as a graduate instructor and discussion leader. As a result, I feel more confident in my ability to deliver quality instruction to our undergraduates.

Manuela Borzone (PhD student, Comparative Literature)

Upcoming Events


Community Engagement and Service-Learning Pedagogy: Prioritizing Community and Social Justice

Nov 19, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm | 538 Goodell

Civic engagement and service-learning classes connect students with communities beyond the university. For some faculty, community-engaged teaching is a concrete way to work toward social justice.  If designed well, such courses have the capacity to create transformative learning opportunities for students while making a meaningful contribution to equity and justice in communities. However, it’s not easy to do community-engaged teaching well! Join faculty members of the Provost Committee on Civic Engagement and Service-Learning (CESL) to discuss what community engagement and service-learning pedagogies look like at UMass, and brainstorm how you might incorporate this approach into your classes in a meaningful and ethical way. For those considering a career in academia, this workshop will provide concrete tips on course design and community relationship-building. Pizza lunch will be served. 


5 Things to Do on the Last Day of Class

Dec 3, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm | 528 Goodell

By the end of the semester, we are all exhausted and overworked. How can we end the semester with the same enthusiasm that we had at the beginning? This workshop will present five things that you can do on the last day of class to help students reflect on their learning, the course content, and their successes. 


Additional Resources

  • The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) organizes a variety of events and often partners with OPD on programming to jointly serve faculty, postdoc, and graduate student instructors. Their website also offers additional teaching resources.
  • The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) helps STEM graduate students and postdocs across the country strategically position themselves for careers in college and university teaching through a series of comprehensive on-line workshops and optional evidence-based teaching projects. The UMass CIRTL chapter also leads in-person workshops for the UMass campus.
  • The Instructional Innovation office offers year-round workshops to help faculty, postdoc, and graduate student instructors better use technology, such as Moodle and Echo360, in the classroom.
  • There are many online pedagogical resources that will inspire instructors with best-practices for learning. For example, Faculty Focus regular publishes short articles on effective teaching strategies for the college classroom and The Chronicle Vitae also often publishes about pedagogy and teaching as a career.


Contact us for more information on OPD’s Teaching workshops and assistance.

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