PhD Students Teaching Academy
United Arab Emirates University recognizes that excellence in teaching contributes to the development of happy, thriving
and successful students. Accordingly, CETL supports UAEU’s faculty, instructors, and
Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) through the provision of regular professional
development opportunities, both online and face-to-face. CETL also offers a selection
of certificate programs to enhance instruction at the University.
Ph.D. Students Teaching Academy Program (STAP), also referred to as ‘The PhD Teaching Academy’ is a rigorous blended program utilizing a flipped classroom approach. It provides
foundational education theory and, more importantly, hands-on experience that cultivates the necessary critical and creative thinking of Ph.D.
students hoping to pursue teaching careers in academia. Graduates of The Ph.D. Teaching Academy should find they are able to confidently and effectively engage large and small classes,
utilizing a range of teaching and learning pedagogies, instructional technologies,
and internationally recognized best practices.
The PhD Teaching Academy integrates two main approaches over one semester. The first prepares the Ph.D. student for the considerable expectations usually placed on a
highly effective instructor through 10 face-to-face classroom sessions (approx. 2.5 hours each). The second exposes the Ph.D. student to the culture, professional practices outside the classroom
and the exigencies of the life of a university instructor. This is accomplished concurrently
through a full semester of mentorship with a professor selected from your college.
Those students who successfully complete The Ph.D. Students Teaching Academy program will have taken the first steps towards qualifying to become a future faculty
at United Arab Emirates University.
The Ph.D. Teaching Academy program is founded on the reality that it is common for graduate students to provide
instruction in addition to their research and coursework. Teaching enables graduate
students to potentially develop a range of transferable skills and accumulate vital
work experience that can benefit them should they choose a career in academia. Teaching
experience, when coupled with up-to-date learning theory, self-reflection, and a supportive
mentor relationship, not only helps graduate students more effectively communicate
their research findings to a wider range of audiences, it produces more effective
educators and enriches the student experience.