We offer five year-long certificate programs in which participants develop and reflect on their teaching and mentoring practice and prepare for professional careers. These programs are open to Brown graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and staff. Enrollment for all programs is limited, so register early if you wish to participate. Completion of Certificate I is a prerequisite for the other certificate programs*, which can be completed in any sequence.
- Certificate I: Sheridan Teaching Seminar - Reflective Teaching
Develop and refine fundamental teaching and assessment strategies and communication skills based on how students learn
- Certificate II: The Course Design Seminar - Principles + Practice
Develop strategies and practices for course design, implementation and assessment
- Certificate III: The Professional Development Seminar
Develop teaching portfolio, cover letters, CVs and interview & presentation skills for the academic job market
Separate sections for the Humanities & Social Sciences, and for the Life & Physical Sciences
- Certificate IV: The Teaching Consultant Program
Develop and apply peer observation & feedback skills and expertise in leadership & discussion facilitation
- Certificate V: Principles & Practice in Reflective Mentorship
Professional training in mentorship practices for future faculty careers. (This program will not be offered in 2015-16)
*Certificate I strongly encouraged but not a requirement for Certificate V.
When should graduate students enroll in the Certificate programs? Graduate Student Timeline.
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.
Development of positive mentoring and advising practices prepares you for future faculty and professional careers.
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.