STEP: Science Teaching Experience Program

STEP-UP (Science Teaching Experience Program for Upcoming PhDs) is a nine-month teaching opportunity for graduate students. This combination of course, course-building, and teaching is for future instructors who want to learn and practice the best practices in inclusive and active teaching methods. Cohorts complete an Autumn 2-credit course on teaching methods and theory, develop their courses and consult with their mentor during Winter as necessary, and teach or co-teach their courses in the Spring to UW STEM undergraduates. This newer program has supported 12 graduate students so far, with additional cohorts in the 2021-22 and 2022-23 academic years (and hopefully long into the future). STEP-UP is supported by NSF #1855841 through the Innovations in Graduate Education program.

STEP-WISE (Working in Science Education) is a mentored teaching apprenticeship for postdoctoral fellows that provides training and experience in course design and teaching using student-centered pedagogies. This program is designed specifically for postdocs who would like additional training in teaching in higher education but have 100% research appointments. The postdocs design and teach innovative seminar courses for undergraduates at UW Bothell, UW Seattle, and the University of Puget Sound. These seminars enrich our undergraduate curricula and provide opportunities for students to learn about cutting edge research and to benefit from highly interactive discussions with their instructors and peers. Since 2011, over 180 postdocs from different UW departments and affiliate institutions have participated in this teaching apprenticeship. The mission of STEP-WISE is to engage a diverse pool of postdoctoral fellows at the University of Washington and affiliate institutions in a closely mentored apprenticeship to learn how to teach scientifically with inclusive, demonstrably effective, student-centered pedagogies.