Mentored Discussions of Teaching (MDT)
Mentored Discussions of Teaching (MDT) is designed to engage STEM and SBE graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in discussions with faculty about teaching and learning.
STEM and SBE (social, behavioral sciences and economics) graduate students and postdocs are invited to observe faculty who teach undergraduate or early graduate courses and meet with faculty to discuss their perspectives and approaches/methods. Participants also engage in group discussions on selected readings that address key topics in teaching.
All STEM and SBE graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are welcome. MDT is intended to be one of the first steps in exploring learning about teaching, but it has also been valuable for students who have already completed Reflective & Effective Teaching (formerly the Teaching Certificate Program or TCP) and other CIRTL at Northwestern programming.
MDT will launch winter 2024.
To register for the winter session, please complete this registration form (links to external site) by Friday, December 15th, 2023. Participants will be notified in late December about their acceptance.
The MDT online application includes:
- Participant department or program and position (e.g., graduate student or postdoc)
- Participant availability for classroom observations and to be paired with a faculty member
Our spring session registration will be available in winter.
Objectives of Mentored Discussions of Teaching:
- Observe Northwestern faculty teaching undergraduate or early graduate courses.
- Discuss approaches to teaching used by faculty in these courses.
- Discuss the relevance of evidence-based practices to participants’ own teaching.
- Reflect on participants’ intended teaching practices, informed by their observations and discussions with faculty and their peers.
MDT is completed in one quarter. Participants are required to attend three 90-minute synchronous group meetings (listed below), two meetings with mentors, and several classroom observations. To accommodate participants’ schedules, each group meeting is offered two times either in person or via Zoom.
All participants are matched with a mentor!
Meeting 1 will take place the week of January 8th
Meeting 2 will take place the week of January 29th
Meeting 3 will take place the week of February 19th
- Attend Meeting 1 to meet peers and faculty, discuss an introductory reading, and learn about CIRTL.
- Meet with your faculty mentor twice: once before observations to discuss the course and the teaching approaches and again after observations to discuss teaching and learning in the discipline.
- Observe several sessions of your mentor’s course and take notes to inform subsequent discussions.
- Attend Meeting 2 to discuss a reading on inclusive teaching and your classroom observations with other participants.
- Attend Meeting 3 to discuss a learning and teaching research article and your experience in the program.
- Write a short reflection and complete a program survey.
Connect your mentee(s) to your Canvas site, share your course syllabus, and arrange to meet with your mentees at least twice: once before observations to discuss the course and the teaching approaches and again after observations to discuss teaching and learning in the discipline. You may prefer to meet with mentees more often—for instance, after each observation.
- Attend Meeting 1 to meet participants and discuss the program components
- Attend Meeting 2 to discuss the reading with participants
- Allow other MDT participants to drop into your class
- Attend Meeting 3 to discuss a learning and teaching research article and your experience in the program
- Complete a short survey
Looking to be a mentor?
Email Erika Nadile at email@example.com
Erika Nadile, Assistant Director of Interdisciplinary Connections