Below, you can:
- Browse books and general resources to help you get started teaching
- Learn about journals that publish research on medical and science education
- Explore the rich educational resources available through professional societies
- Browse databases of materials for teaching science
These books (and many others) can be borrowed from the OCPD Resource Library:
- First Day to Final Grade: A Graduate Student's Guide to Teaching, by Curzan and Damournote
- A great place to start for all beginning teachers
- Tools for Teaching, by Barbara Gross Davis
- A classic text and trusty resource
- Teaching American Students: A Guide for International Faculty and Teaching Assistants in Colleges & Universities, by Ellen Sarkisian of Harvard's Derek Bok Center for Teaching & Learning
Online Readings and Video
- iBiology Scientific Teaching Series Videos, on student-centered teaching, active learning, Think-Pair-Share, Clickers (provide your feedback through the user survey)
- Reaching All Students: A Resource for Teaching in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, by Sellers, Roberts, Giovanetto, Friedrich, of the NSF's Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning (CIRTL)
- A Survival Handbook for Teaching Large Classes, by Sallie Ives of UNC Charlotte's Faculty Center for Teaching
- Six Ways to Discourage Learning, by Douglas Duncan of the American Astronomical Society and Amy Singel Southon of the Chicago Botanic Gardens
- International Teaching Assistants Guide, by Vanderbilt University's Center for Teaching
- Planning Guide for Faculty and TAs, by the University of Washington's Center for Instructional Development and Research
- Handout listing important questions TAs might ask before the term begins to ensure that they have a successful TA experience. Also useful for faculty who want to orient their TAs to the course.
- Life at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution (PUI) by Malcolm Campbell
- Biology Education Scholarship by Erin Dolan (Editor in Chief of LSE)
Science Education Journals
If you are looking for articles on specific aspects of teaching, or just want to learn about educational research, browse the journals below.
- CBE/Life Sciences Education (a ACSB/HHMI publication)
- Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education (an ASM publication)
- Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (a IUBMB/ASBMB publication)
- Journal of Chemical Education (a ACS publication)
- Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education (JUNE)
- List of Resources on Medical Education, compiled by UCSF's Library
- Know of one we should include? Email us.
Many professional societies have education chapters, provide online resources related to teaching and learning, and sometimes even offer summer institutes or fellowships. If you are interested in teaching, these can be extremely valuable sources of information and connections.
- Academy of Medical Educators
- American Chemical Society, Division of Chemical Education
- American Physiology Society Education
- American Society for Cell Biology's Educational Resources
- American Society for Microbiology's Teaching Board
- American Sociological Association's Teaching and Learning Resources
- International Society for Computational Biology's Education Committee
- Project Kaleidoscope This association is one of the leading advocates in the U.S. for building and sustaining strong undergraduate programs in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
- Society for Developmental Biology's Education Section
Materials for Teaching Science
So you've signed up to teach and now you need materials, or perhaps you are simply a fan of science-related multimedia. In either case, you may find interesting material in these databases.
- Biointeractive — Howard Hughes Medical Institute's compendium of animations, videos, teacher guides, and virtual labs.
- DNA Learning Center at Cold Spring Harbor Labs — resources, animations, interviews, and tools
- National Science Digital Library (NSDL) — an NSF-funded gateway to other science education databases, which contain resources such as lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, illustrations and movies. Covers many disciplines, including biology, chemistry, computational science, etc.
Other Professional Development Opportunities in Teaching
An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching
ASM Science Teaching Fellows Program – apply in September
ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (they have travel grants)
If you'd like to suggest something else for us to include on this page, email us.