Course design and reflecting on one’s teaching strategies may appear as tasks every good researcher can accomplish without additional instruction. In my experience, however, we, the researchers, often lack the time and the discipline to reflect regularly on our teaching and to invest in improving our pedagogical skills. Thus, for me it was essential during my years as a graduate student to create the habit to read not only about my research topic, but also about teaching, to reflect on my mission as an educator, to design syllabi, teaching strategies, and learning assignments. My efforts in this direction resulted in obtaining the Certificate for completion of Center for Teaching and Learning Program for Excellence in Teaching in Higher Education. In particular, I completed the following courses:
- Teaching in Higher Education 1: Key Teaching Skills;
- Teaching in Higher Education 2: Contexts, Teaching Areas and Professional Development.
Seminar for Excellence in Teaching: “Starting Your Teaching Portfolio”
- Inquiry-based Teaching Strategies;
- Course re-Design: Blending Online and In-person Teaching Strategies.