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Fit for Teaching - The Teaching Professionals Programs

What does good teaching look like? How can research and teaching be even more closely linked? Further qualifications in academic teaching oriented around the Bologna Process can make an important contribution to answering these questions.
Researchers can learn to convey topics and questions to their students. They can learn to prepare their content in a way suited to their individual skills and implement it using appropriate methods.

The Teaching Professionals Programs

The Potsdam Graduate School offers three continuing education programs in academic teaching designed for the following target groups:

  • Junior Teaching Professionals (JTP) for doctoral students,
  • Senior Teaching Professionals (STP) for postdocs and new appointees and
  • International Teaching Professionals (ITP) – held in English – a program for foreign or internationally oriented researchers.

Goals

Participants strengthen and reflect on their teaching through the 4 program components:

  1. Workshops in the field of university didactics
  2. Transfer into teaching practice through the creation and implementation of a unique teaching project
  3. Mentoring by experienced university lecturers
  4. Collegial exchange

The goal is to promote networking among the program participants.
Mutual teaching observations and the "ProLehre" forum encourage regular exchange and promote a lively teaching culture at the University of Potsdam.
This also includes mentors. As experienced university teachers, mentors supervise participants and provide them with valuable feedback and subject-specific support.

Participants strengthen and reflect on their teaching through the 4 program components:

  1. Workshops in the field of university didactics
  2. Transfer into teaching practice through the creation and implementation of a unique teaching project
  3. Mentoring by experienced university lecturers
  4. Collegial exchange

Program details

We advertise the programs annually. Approximately 12 applicants are selected per round for participation in the program based on their motivation and commitment.
In addition to the programs, we regularly offer additional tailor-made workshops on teaching skill development.
At the end, participants will receive a certificate that can be used for future applications.

Individual workshops on teaching skill development

  • English Skills for Non-Native Teachers 
  • Dealing with cultural heterogeneity in teaching
  • Improvisation theater techniques for university teachers
  • Research-Based Learning as a Teaching Method
  • Teaching portfolio as an instrument of academic personnel development

    Current dates for these workshops can be found in the workshop program
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In 2010, the programs were honored by the Stifterverband für die deutsche Wissenschaft in the nationwide "Excellent Teaching" competition.
Since 2012, they have been funded as part of a project approved for the "Quality Pact for Teaching" funding line by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. In the second application period, the University of Potsdam was able to guarantee funding until 2020.

Portrait von Caroline Babbe

Contact person: Caroline Babbe

Potsdam Graduate School

 

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Portrait of Dr. Kerstin Hille

Contact person: Dr. Kerstin Hille

Potsdam Graduate School

 

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Am Kanal 47
14467 Potsdam