Postdoc Internship

What is the Postdoc Teaching Internship?

The next Postdoc Teaching Internship cohort will start in September 2020. Register is now closed. To join the next cohort, you can participate in either the postdoc ISW on November  7, 8, 14 & 15 or the CIRTL Summer Teaching Institute. Registration is now open for the ISW (see below for me information).

Introduction to PDTI

Postdoctoral Fellows’ Teaching Internship (PDTI) is a teaching development program designed specifically for UBC postdocs who are interested in pursuing academic teaching as a part of their career.  The program is being offered by UBC’s Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) in collaboration with the Postdoctoral Fellows Office.

Program outcomes

By the end of the Internship, the PDFs will be able to

  1. Create a framework for how a typical university course operates
  2. Articulate how teaching and learning theories intersect with the practical requirements of a university course
  3. Design university lessons which incorporate learner-centred lesson planning basics, demonstrating the alignment of learning objectives, learning activities and assessment techniques
  4. Develop and refine a teaching portfolio using the evidence of teaching effectiveness gathered throughout the internship


The PDTI consists of two major components implemented over approximately one academic semester:

  1. The Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW): A widely recognized 24-hour teaching intensive workshop where the participants learn and practice the fundamentals of lesson planning and adult learning theory in a peer-based environment. We offer two PDF-specific ISWs throughout the year.  PDFs are also welcomed to attend Faculty ISWs held throughout the year
  2. Mentored Teaching Practicum: A one-term mentorship program where the PDF (referred to as ‘the intern’ or ‘the mentee’ in the rest of this document) works with an experienced instructor in their discipline (referred to as ‘the mentor’ in the rest of this document) to enhance their understanding and experience of teaching a university course. During the internship, the interns will observe mentors in their teaching, teach guest lectures and receive feedback on their teaching, discuss approaches to teaching with their mentors, and engage in group discussions of teaching with other PDFs from their cohort.
  3. Supporting workshops: Throughout the internship, CIRTL also offers a number of teaching development workshops (typically one 2-hour workshop per month) to support the interns for different components of the Internship. This may include workshops on:
    • Sep 03, 2020 Developing Teaching Philosophy statements
    • Oct 01, 2020 Lesson planning clinic
    • Nov 05, 2020 Discipline-based Educational Research
    • Dec 03, 2020 Q&A sessions with a panel of teaching experts

CIRTL Outcomes

    • Completing the ISW will lead to CIRTL Associate level.
    • Completing all mandatory components of the practicum and supporting workshops will lead to CIRTL Practitioner level.

When does it start?

The next cohort is scheduled for January 2021 and will open with a postdoc-specific Instructional Skills Workshop planned for November 7, 8, 14, & 15 2020. Registration information can be found below.  The following cohort will start in January 2021 with the ISW planned for November 7, 8, 14, 2020.

How to register for the PDTI?

November 7, 8, 14 & 15 Postdoc Instructional Skills Workshop

Registration is now open for the ISW waitlist.  After the registration deadline has passed, names will be randomly selected from the waitlist and will be notified. If the dates for the Postdoc ISW do not work for you, postdocs are welcome to attend a Faculty ISW

Pre-register for the PDTI (January 2021 cohort) 

Once you have completed the Postdoc ISW (or if you have already completed the ISW, Foundations of Pedagogy, or CIRTL Summer Teaching Institute), you will be eligible to enroll in the next cohort of the Postdoc Teaching Internship. Please fill out the pre-registration form below to be notified when registration opens.  If you have any questions about the program, contact us at