Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Scientific Teaching Course


The goal of the Yale Scientific Teaching Course is to improve undergraduate STEM education by training a new generation of scientific teachers to bring the spirit and rigor of research into the undergraduate classroom.

Spring 2017 Scientific Teaching Course participants and instructors.

The Yale Center for Teaching and Learning will offer two Scientific Teaching Courses during the 2017-2018 academic year for graduate students and postdocs at Yale (both are non-credit graduate courses):

Fall 2017 Course:Theory and Practice of Scientific Teaching for Physical Scientists (PHYS 530): Course complete. 

Spring 2018 Course:Theory and Practice of Scientific Teaching for Life Scientists (BBS 879): APPLY NOW!

Instructors: Beth Morse Luoma & Tracie Addy
Location: Medical School - Giarman Room (Sterling Hall of Medicine - SHM B201) 
Time: Tuesdays, 8:30 - 10:30 AM

Deadline to Apply: January 5, 2018
Notification of Acceptance: by January 10, 2018
First Class: Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Last Class: Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Students are expected to attend all classes. Classes do not meet during fall or spring breaks or other Yale holidays.


Benefits to participants:

  • Training in tested and documented teaching strategies for STEM courses
  • Transcript notation (for graduate students) and C.V. language/certificate (for all)
  • Academic professional development (e.g. peer-reviewed teaching statement)
  • Recruitment to teach courses at Yale rooted in evidence-based pedagogy (e.g. BIOL 101-104 intro series)


Yale graduate students and postdocs must meet the following criteria:

  • Your major field of study is in STEM (or closely related) - We recommend physical scientists take PHYS 530 and life scientists take BBS 879 to encounter the most relevant teaching examples, although participants from any STEM discipline will benefit from either course. 
  • You are interested in teaching and in developing your teaching skills
  • (Graduate students only) You have completed at least 1 semester of your required teaching at Yale (N.A. for postdocs)
  • You have approval from your faculty advisor

What to Expect 

Participants will:

  • Learn evidence-based teaching strategies, including engaging students through active learning, incorporating inclusive teaching practices, and developing effective assessments
  • Apply their knowledge of scientific teaching to develop instructional materials that address a teaching/learning challenge in an undergraduate STEM course
  • Learn skills that are valuable for TA positions, lab mentoring, and an academic career
  • Build a community of scientific teachers that is grounded in peer review and maintains high standards of pedagogy, scientific content, presentation, and creativity


“I thought I’m just going to a class about how to teach science, but turned out it was the other way around - how to “science” teaching!”

“This was one of the best experiences I had while at Yale.”


Participants are expected to commit to completing the program to the best of their ability. Some out of class work is required (reading and brief assignments, plus development of teaching materials if not completed during designated class time). Missing more than 2 classes will require make-up work to complete the course.



Applications must include the following four items:

1. Contact information and advisor information (Faculty advisors must send an email of support.)

2. Statement about your graduate/postdoctoral research (1000 characters/approx 100 words maximum): Include a BRIEF description of your research. This statement should be written for a lay person and should be understandable by first-year college students.

3. Teaching Statement (2 pages maximum): Write a statement about your teaching philosophy and/or experience. Include a closing statement addressing what you hope to gain from participating in this program.

4. Curriculum Vitae: Include research, teaching and mentoring experience.

Applications for BBS 879 are due January 5, 2018. 

Primary Contact 

For information regarding PHYS 530, please contact: Rona Ramos or Kaury Kucera

For information regarding BBS 879, please contact: Beth Morse Luoma or Tracie Addy

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