International Teaching Professionals
Supplemental Certificate for Young Scientists
Do you plan an international academic career? Do you want to improve your didactic skills and gather teaching experience? Would you like to network with other international researchers?
The Potsdam Graduate School for the third time announces an English language didactic degree as supplemental qualification for internationally oriented scientists. The program “International Teaching Professionals“ offers international junior scientists the chance to further their university didactic skills and to network with one another.
- next call for applications to be announced -
Goal of the program:
For foreign scientists it is frequently difficult to gather teaching experience because of language barriers or uncertainty about the customary teaching culture. Within “International Teaching Professionals” participants experience a close connection between teaching and research in which they develop their own field of research didactically and communicate it to the students. This will introduce junior scientists to an international career as university teachers. The certified teaching competence offers an important long-term advantage in the future academic career. Along with the acquisition of university didactic competence, the program additionally aims to improve networking of international scientists.
What we offer:
- Didactic training by didactic experts in English
- Mentoring by an experienced university teacher
- The Forum “ProTeaching” to exchange ideas and contribute to reflection on one’s own teaching through mutual collegial consultation
- Financial support to compensate for additional work load which might arise with program participation
- The certificate of completion certifies the participation in the two-level program
The program addresses the young generation of foreign as well as German scientists who want to orient themselves internationally and are aiming at a career path as university teachers. PhD students as well as Postdocs from all disciplines of the University of Potsdam and university partner institutes can apply. In order to successfully take part in the program, participants have to be fluent in English.
Please send your application by e-mail (one PDF file) with a convincing statement of purpose (up to 2 pages, Arial type face, 10 pt., line spacing 1.3), your tabulated CV, details of your institutional affiliation and of current financing as well as a brief (half page) description and the status of your research project. In addition, please send a suggestion for a mentor who will assume coaching of the teaching. For more information about the function of the mentor, see here (in German). PhD students should send a brief letter of reference from their supervisor, PostDocs from their group leader. The preliminary confirmation of participation in all parts of the program is to be handed in as well.
The selection of participants in the program is according to the following criteria:
- Motivation and engagement expected.
- Prospects for successful participation in the supplemental qualification.
- Foreseeable aptitude for the career path of a “Professor”
Please submit your application compiled as one pdf file by June 21, 2012.
The program admits 10-12 participants per cycle. PhD students are offered a six months fellowship of 400 Euro/month in order to compensate for the additional work load, which might arise with program participation. Financial support for PostDocs depends on current financing.
Level 1: Development of pedagogical-didactic competence
- Workshop 1: Basics of Teaching and Learning
1.5 days: 10. & 11.09.2012
- Workshop 2: Competence-oriented Examinations
2 days: 24. & 25. 09.2012
- Workshop 3: E-Teaching
2 days: 06. & 07.11.2012
- Workshop 4: Integrated Course Design
1.5 days: 31.01. & 01.02.2013
- Workshop 5: Leadership Skills
1.5 days: 27. & 28.02.2013
- Workshop 6: Reflection
1 day: 06.07.2013
The workshops are conducted in English by didactic experts and offer the possibility to systematically professionalize one’s own teaching activities. Individual advice on newly developed teaching concepts by a didactic expert will be offered optionally.
Level 2: Accompanying teaching
The program participants teach a course in their respective research field in the summer semester 2013.
Each program participant selects his/her own mentor for the teaching period and may discuss the planned teaching concept with the mentor. Student exams are conducted by the program participant in close cooperation with the mentor. The mentor visits the course 1-2 times per semester and provides feedback. For more information about teaching observations, see here. Selected students will take part in the feedback discussions and at the end of the semester the courses should be evaluated by all students.
The forum „ProTeaching“
The forum will give the program participants the opportunity to exchange ideas with one another and to mutually instruct each other within the framework of collegial self-counseling. The Potsdam Graduate School will provide a room for this regular gathering. A didactically experienced teacher will be present in the forum meetings on request. The mentors may also participate in the forum.
Duration of the third cycle: August 2012- July 2013
Introductory Meeting: August 1, 2012; 09:30-11:00 a.m.
Workshops to develop pedagogical-didactic competence: September 2012-July 2013
Conducting one’s own course: Summer Semester 2013
Application period ends by June 21, 2012
We offer a download of a print version:
International Teaching Professionals 2012 - Announcement for 3rd cycle (PDF, 0.5 MB)
We assorted a list of frequently asked questions with the corresponding answers.
Please find this list here: FAQ
Dr. Eva Rossmanith
Tel: 0331 977 1849
Jenny Multani B.A.
Tel: 0331 977 1575