Current training opportunities for graduate/doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows of Johns Hopkins University can be found below.

Note: For certificate track participants, attending a total of any six workshops in combination [Pizza and Pedagogy, Eyes-on-Teaching, KSAS Graduate Teaching Seminar (KSAS only), additional series offered by the Teaching Academy, Faculty Exchanges (2 max), Workshops offered by CIRTL or Summer Institutes] may count as your Phase I Certificate of Completion/CIRTL Associate level.  Additional training may also be considered to count towards program completion on a case by case basis, email

Current listing:

Academic Job Search Series

This is a multi-workshop series to guide Johns Hopkins graduate students and postdocs through the academic job search for teaching intensive professions. This series is presented by the Johns Hopkins University's Teaching Academy and led by special guest facilitator Dr. Brian Rybarczyk, Associate Dean, Professional Development and Funding, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.

Academic Job Search Series - Fall 2023

When: Fridays in September
12 PM -1 PM ET or 12 PM - 1:30 PM on Sept. 15th 
Location: online (register for Zoom link)


Workshop Schedule

All sessions presented by Dr. Brian Rybarczyk, Assistant Dean, Academic and Professional Development and co-Director, SPIRE Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at The Graduate School at University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.

September 8th, 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET: Overview of The Academic Job Search for Teaching Intensive Positions

September 15th, 12:00 - 1:30 PM ET: Crafting your CV and Cover Letter (Note this session runs for 1.5 hours)

September 22th, 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET: Writing an Effective Teaching Statement

September 29th, 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET: Writing Effective Research & Diversity Statements

Note: for participants only -- 8 opportunities for individual consultations will be available to meet 1v1 with Dr. Rybarczyk to review your statements and/or ask questions pertaining to your career prospecting. Sign-up opportunities will be made available at the end of each session.

This will be booked in 30 min time slots:

  • Monday Oct 2, 10 AM -noon
  • Wed Oct 4, 1-3 PM

KSAS Graduate Teaching Seminar

The KSAS Graduate Teaching Seminar is a workshop and forum for graduate students and post-docs interested in discussing teaching strategies and collaborating to generate solutions to challenges in the classroom. We welcome graduate students and post-docs from all Krieger School departments to attend any sessions that may be helpful for their teaching practice and professional development.

KSAS Graduate Teaching Seminar Series - Fall 2023

When: Wednesdays, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET
Location: Brody Learning Commons 4040 - Note: If you’re unable to attend but interested in the topic, please email Allon ( to discuss.
Registration: Open to KSAS graduate students. Given limited capacity, please make sure to let Allon know in advance if your plans change.


Workshop Schedule

All sessions presented by Allon Brann, Teacher Support Specialist, Teaching Academy and Center for Teaching Excellence & Innovation, Johns Hopkins University.


The First Day, Without Icebreakers | Wednesday, August 16th, 2023
12:00-1:00 PM ET | Brody Learning Commons 4040

  • What should we try to accomplish on the first day of a course? In this session we’ll discuss ways to get students excited about your course content, comfortable with the kind of work they’ll do, and familiar with your expectations, while avoiding conventional icebreakers or syllabus reading.

What Should a Syllabus Do? | Wednesday, September 13th, 2023
12:00-1:00 PM ET | Brody Learning Commons 4040

  • Rather than look at what components a syllabus should contain, in this workshop we’ll ask: What should a good syllabus do? Can we make the syllabus more interesting and useful to students? We’ll brainstorm and evaluate some new approaches to an old document.

Teaching Writing in Any Course | Wednesday, September 27th, 2023
12:00-1:00 PM ET | Brody Learning Commons 4040

  • How can we help students improve their writing when we have too much other content to work on? Or when we’re TAs with little control over the agenda for the course? Or when we’re not trained to be writing teachers at all? Come to this session to examine some strategies you can implement quickly in your courses to create opportunities for students to practice their writing.

Register here for this session

"Student-Centered" Lectures | Wednesday, October 25th, 2023
12:00-1:00 PM ET | Brody Learning Commons 4040

  • The title of this workshop is a contradiction: more and more instructors and institutions have come to recognize that lectures typically rely on teachers’ ideas and work rather than students’. So is it possible to give a “student-centered” lecture? In this session, we’ll explore that problem and try to answer these questions: Can lectures better facilitate student thinking, requiring them to do something besides just sit and listen? If not, what’s the purpose of lectures at all?

Register here for this session

Workshops will take place on various Wednesdays from 12-1pm eastern in Brody Learning Commons Room 4040. If you’re unable to attend in person but would like to participate, please email Allon ( and we will work to make an accommodation for you on Zoom. Please visit this link to RSVP for the sessions you plan to attend. If your plans change after you register, please make sure to cancel your registration online or contact Allon before the session. This helps us plan and ensures that your spot can go to someone else who’s interested. If you have any questions or feedback, please email Allon Brann at

(Note: Participants in the Teaching Academy Certificate of Completion program may count these workshops towards their Phase I requirement.)

Teaching Academy Speaker Series

Join your Teaching Academy Fellows for the opportunity to discuss teaching topics and professional development with guest faculty! Intended for those with little or no formal pedagogical training, these workshops are designed to prepare instructors to teach effectively at the university level.

Speaker Series Fall 2023 - Summer 2024

When: dates/times below; new dates will be added throughout the year
Location: see details
Registration: Open to all JHU affliates - grad students, post-docs, faculty, and staff. Please register separately at links below. Attendance at all workshops in a particular series is encouraged, but not required.


  • Ensuring Inclusivity and Engagement with Active Learning  - an in-person Pizza and Pedagogy Workshop!
    November 10th, 12 - 1:30 PM EST
    East Baltimore, Pre-clinical Teaching Building, Rm. #113 (see the map)
    Facilitated by Caroline Egan, PhD, and Kelly Clark, MS, Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation and The JHU Teaching Academy

    Please join us for a pizza lunch to participate in an engaging workshop that will explore how active learning can support an inclusive learning environment and encourage student engagement in your class!


  • Teaching off the Tenure Track 
    Dates/Times: see below|via Zoom
    Facilitated by Amy Braun, PhD, Assistant Director of Experiential Learning. 


    • Thursday, August 31th, 12 - 1 PM ET: Non-Traditional Teaching in Academia –  Careers in Higher Educational Administratio

    • Monday, September 25th, 12 - 1 PM ET: Applying Teacher Training to a Career in Instructional Design

    • Thursday, October 26th, 12 - 1:30 PM ET: Teaching-Focused Careers in Corporate + Interactive Workshop

      • Learn about common teaching-focused roles in a corporate settings
      • Explore how to find similar roles
      • Understand skills needed to transition into similar roles
    • Thursday, November 30th, 12 - 1:30 PM ET:  Entrepreneurial Teaching – From Academia to Free-Lance Consulting (Workshop: Developing Your “Brand,” Setting Your Rates, Developing Teaching Proposal/Pitch)

      • Learn about ways to apply teaching skills to securing “side” teaching projects
      • Recognize teaching opportunities that align with niche area of specialization
      • Learn pros & cons of full-time teaching-focused consulting work
    • Thursday, December 14th, 12 - 1 PM ET: Translating Teaching to Research, Consulting, and Other Roles

      • Identify teaching specialization + develop understanding of market that could benefit from specialized area of instruction

      • Gain experience with developing a teaching proposal, receive feedback from peers and expert

CIRTL Online Workshops and Courses

The CIRTL mission is to enhance excellence in undergraduate education through the development of a national faculty committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices for diverse learners as part of successful and varied professional careers. The Johns Hopkins University is an active member of this national network comprised of resesearch universities across the nation and Canada that are committed to improving higher education by preparing the faculty of the future.

All workshops and courses are free to any JHU affliate.  You do not need to be part of the Teaching Academy community to take part in any of the training offered.  For those interested in earning the certificate of completion, CIRTL workshops my count towards your Phase I activity requirement and a CIRTL course may count as your Phase II activity requirement. 

Please see our news feed on the right-hand column of this page for upcoming CIRTL offerings or visit for more information.

Questions about CIRTL? Email Kelly Clark,, JHU's Co-Administrative Leader.