The Sheridan Center offers intensive certificate programs in which participants develop and reflect on their teaching practice in order to support diverse learners. These cross-disciplinary programs are open to Brown graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and staff. Enrollment for all programs is limited and registration is required. Completion of The Sheridan Teaching Seminar (Certificate I) is a prerequisite for all other certificate programs.
- Sheridan Teaching Seminar - Reflective Teaching (Certificate I)
Develop and refine fundamental teaching and assessment strategies and communication skills based on how students learn
- The Sheridan Course Design Seminar (Certificate II)
Explore integrated course design principles and develop syllabi, assignments, and activities
- The Sheridan Teaching Consultant Program (Certificate IV)
Develop and refine skills in peer observation and feedback, leadership, and discussion facilitation. Develop and articulate a teaching philosophy and create a teaching portfolio.
Core features of Sheridan certificate programs:
- interact extensively with peers and colleagues across the disciplines
- regularly give and receive peer feedback
Why Earn a Sheridan Certificate?
Spending time developing and reflecting on your teaching practice makes you more confident and competent as a teacher and effectively prepares you for an academic career.
For graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, a Sheridan Certificate demonstrates a tangible commitment to teaching. This can be of great benefit in today's increasingly competitive academic job market, where colleges and universities routinely ask applicants to provide evidence of teaching effectiveness.
For faculty, a Sheridan Certificate provides an opportunity for ongoing professional development which empowers instructors to better meet the needs of their learners.