TAP-STEM is a collaboration between GPS-BIOMED & the Ayala School of Biological Sciences that presents an opportunity for graduate students and postdocs to gain experience teaching a UCI undergraduate course. The program will pair trainees with faculty mentors during the academic year in order to prepare them to be an instructor of record during the summer session. Through this formal program, trainees will gain valuable experience and become competitive candidates as they pursue careers in research and teaching at diverse institutions.
Applications for TAP-STEM are now open. Please read the following information regarding eligibility, program requirements and time commitment before applying.
Who is eligible to apply to TAP-STEM?
Postdoctoral fellows: Advanced postdocs within departments in the School of Biological Sciences and School of Medicine are eligible to apply. Past teaching and mentoring experience is a plus.
PhD students: PhD students within the School of Biological Sciences and School of Medicine who have: 1) advanced to candidacy and 2) TA’ed at least two times (to teach a lower-division course) or at least three times (to teach an upper-division course**) are eligible to apply. PhD students lacking TA experience are eligible to apply only if they are graduating by the Spring 2017 deadline–if select, these individuals will be hired as lecturers.
**Candidates interested in teaching an upper-division course must meet all campus academic qualifications for Teaching Associates and must receive exceptional approval from both the Graduate Dean and the UCI Academic Senate’s Subcommittee on courses. Information about all qualifications to teach an upper-division course is available at http://www.ap.uci.edu/ase/definitions.html#AssociateIn.
What courses will be available to teach during the summer session?
A list of course can be found here: 2016-17-TAP-STEM-Summer-Session-Courses. Please review this list and select the courses you would be interested in teaching–understanding that availability is subject to change.
What are the program requirements and what will be expected of me if I am selected?
All trainees selected to participate in TAP-STEM must complete the following activities and courses:
- University Studies 390A offered by the Center for Engaged Instruction
- Quarterly meetings with the faculty mentor to discuss pedagogy
- TA or shadow the faculty mentor during the academic year while he/she teaches. At this time, trainees will teach one lecture.
- Quarterly communication workshops led by Bri McWhorter
- Teach a course during the summer session and meet with mentors to discuss feedback
For more detailed information download the TAP-STEM program timeline here: 2016-17 TAP-STEM Program Timeline.
Does participation in TAP-STEM require approval from my PI?
Yes. Please discuss your desire to apply and participate in TAP-STEM with your faculty mentor prior to submitting an application. GPS-BIOMED can provide trainees with talking points highlighting the importance of professional development and career preparation. Please contact Emma Flores, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
If selected, how will participating in TAP-STEM affect my GSR or postdoctoral appointment?
Trainees selected to participate in TAP-STEM will be hired by UCI and will receive financial compensation to teach during the summer session. Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) appointments and Postdoctoral appointments will be adjusted to compensate for the approximate amount of time trainees will spend outside of the lab. We will work closely with postdoctoral applicants and their home departments to ensure appointments and compensation meet the new Department of Labor Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
How can I apply to TAP-STEM?
Please complete the online registration form and email your CV (highlighting your TA & teaching experience) along with a statement of your teaching philosophy to:
Emma Flores, PhD
GPS-BIOMED & TAP-STEM Program Coordinator
Is there an application deadline?
Yes. Please apply by Friday, September 2, 2016.