The Program

McMaster University and the McCall MacBain Foundation are collaborating to build a 1-year postdoctoral training program aimed to train future leaders and educators. The McCall MacBain Postdoctoral Fellows Teaching and Learning Program will build the next generation of high-performing teachers, researchers and leaders. Investing in today’s teachers is an investment in today and tomorrow’s students.

In order to facilitate participation in the program, the Faculty of Science will cover 20% of the salary and benefits of postdoctoral fellows accepted into the program (refunded directly to the Program Member’s supervisor). This financial support will release the member from their postdoctoral research and allow the Program Member to devote one day a week to invest in their own leadership, teaching and research skills.

Membership within this program requires meeting on a weekly basis to advance knowledge about best practices in teaching & learning, and leadership development. After building a repertoire of education and pedagogical knowledge and skills, the key deliverables of each Program Member are:


    1. A research report on a discipline-based education research project to be presented at the McMaster Conference on Education & Cognition.

      Work with a Faculty of Science teaching professor and draw from a pool of submitted research projects that investigate a classroom-based intervention or lab-based study. The postdoctoral fellow will select from these projects to form a research collaboration and mentoring relationship to be conducted throughout the year. The goal of this research project is to showcase the work they've done and to disseminate findings that will translate into prescriptions for teaching in the classroom and result in changes in policy. Learn more about the conference

    2. An Op-Ed report on a topic of the Program Member’s choice.

      Writing a lay-terms, Op-Ed on the Program Member’s research will teach vital communication skills required to become a leader and instructor in the academic and professional world. Furthermore, reaching a wider range of readers can influence the policies for how we teach. The Op-Ed can be posted on the McCall MacBain Postdoctoral Fellows Teaching and Leadership Program website, and potentially sent to news outlets.


In addition to the two above deliverables, Program Members are expected to attend weekly Journal Club meetings focussing on scientific studies using evidence-based principles to inform their teaching behaviours. Some topics include: multimedia use in the classroom, practice testing, effective instruction, etc. Learn more

Furthermore, Program Members will attend monthly professional development workshops that will allow members to learn hands-on skills to use in the classroom or develop their leadership skills. Topics include: active learning techniques, designing effective multiple-choice questions, etc. View 2020 Workshop Schedule

Applications for the Fall 2020 - Winter 2021 program are currently open and will close on August 12 at 5:00 p.m

Tentative Schedule: Weeks with a workshop

TimeDescription

9:30-11:30

Prepare for journal club, prep “homework” from workshops, read papers, etc.

11:30-12:30

Education Cognition Journal Club

12:30-1:30

Lunch (provided)

1:30-3:30

Workshop or Invited Speaker

3:30-onwards

Debrief at the Phoenix

Tentative Schedule: Weeks without a workshop

TimeDescription

9:30-11:30

Prepare for journal club, prep “homework” from workshops, read papers, etc.

11:30-12:30

Education Cognition Journal Club

12:30-onwards

Connie – office hours to discuss with postdocs about research/help planning course/etc.

Program member – work on EXPLORE course/research/Op/Ed

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