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Writing Effective Teaching Statements: Peer Review

When: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM  

Where: 2122 Sheridan Road, TGS Commons, Evanston, IL 60201 map it

Audience: Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free

Contact: Kate Flom Derrick  

Group: Searle Graduate Events

Category: Academic


Teaching statements are an important component of many academic job applications, but they can be challenging to write. Receiving feedback from peers can provide you with recommendations on how to clarify and improve your main claims about your teaching. Allowing others to read your writing can also give you critical insight into how your target audience may understand and interpret your claims, which can help further refine your teaching statement.

In this workshop, participants will bring their teaching statement drafts and engage in guided peer feedback.

This workshop is open to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from all departments and disciplines who have a draft of their teaching statement.

Please bring three hard copies of your teaching statement draft to the workshop.


Lauren M. Woods, PhD

Lauren Woods is the CIRTL at Northwestern Postdoctoral Fellow in STEM Education at Northwestern University’s Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching. She holds a B.A. in Zoology from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. in Evolution, Ecology, and Population Biology from Washington University in St. Louis. CIRTL, or the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning, is an NSF center that seeks to train STEM graduate students in order to develop a national STEM faculty committed to advancing effective teaching practices for diverse student audiences.

Kate Flom Derrick, MA

Kate is the Senior Program Coordinator of Graduate and Postdoctoral Learning at the Searle Center. She earned her Masters in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse with a concentration in Teaching Langauge and Writing from DePaul University, where she also taught in the First-Year Writing program. Before joining the Searle Center in 2017, she had over nine years of Writing Center experience working with student and faculty populations.

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