Teaching Academy

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Participants selected for this program will have the opportunity to build teaching competencies, apply skills, and prepare components of a teaching portfolio.

The 2019 Teaching Academy will run from August through December 2019. Session leaders are experienced teacher trainers from across the University of Miami. 

Five two-hour, interactive sessions will be held on select Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the Coral Gables campus. Following these sessions, participants will apply what they have learned by leading a class session under the guidance and supervision of the course instructor/teaching mentor.

Between sessions, participants will complete readings and assignments, as well as obtain feedback from instructors and department teaching mentors. Deliverables will include components of a teaching portfolio, including teaching philosophy, teaching CV, and teaching evaluations.


  • Introduce doctoral students and postdoctoral associates/scholars interested in academic teaching careers to best practices, tools, and resources that promote teaching excellence
  • Provide opportunities to build teaching skills through in-class exercises, between-session experiences and assignments, and instructor and mentor feedback
  • Help participants prepare deliverables for a teaching portfolio so they are competitive for teaching positions in academia


At the time of application, individuals must:

  • Be an active University of Miami doctoral student or postdoctoral associate/scholar 
  • For doctoral students, have at least a year remaining in their program; for postdoctoral associates/scholars, expect to remain a postdoc at the University of Miami until May 2020 
  • Demonstrate a commitment to a teaching career, and show an ability to benefit from the Teaching Academy
  • Commit to attending all group sessions, individual check-in meetings, and complete between-session readings and assignments
  • Have approval to participate from their academic advisor/supervisor
  • Obtain a commitment of support from a teaching mentor in their department. The teaching mentor’s role involves:
    1. Giving the student the opportunity to teach one class session under supervision in a Fall 2019 semester course
    2. Providing feedback to the student between Teaching Academy sessions on their teaching portfolio and teaching session. Note: The teaching mentor may be the same person as the academic advisor/supervisor.


The 2019 Teaching Academy topics and group session dates are as follows:

Application Process

The deadline to apply is August 2, 2019. Individuals will be informed by August 7, 2019, as to whether or not they have been selected to participate in the Teaching Academy. Class seats are limited. The participants of the Teaching Academy will be selected at random, after each application is screened to ensure applicants meet the eligibility requirements. We use this method to give all applicants equal opportunity to participate.

For questions or additional information, please contact the Graduate School, at graduateschool@miami.edu.