CPET's Mission: Our goal is to help members of the Caltech community become effective educators through an improved understanding of pedagogy by providing seminars on best practices and practical training and teaching resources on campus. We are a group of Caltech community members dedicated to improving our own teaching skills and helping others do the same.
Each year we plan a teaching seminar series that includes talks by the best professors at Caltech and other local universities on topics including: how to design courses, teaching tips, improving presentation skills, and outreach and mentorship (previous seminars). Some seminars are recorded by CPET and posted to YouTube where they can edify the local community for years to come (video list).
CPET also administers two certificate programs for the Caltech community, the Certificate of Interest and the Certificate of Practice in University Teaching. The Certificate of Interest provides students with an introduction to teaching pedagogy and best practices, while the Certificate of Practice allows students to improve their teaching skills with the support of CPET and CTLO. More details can be found of the Certificate home page.
CPET has also originated a Library collection on teaching books and professional development books at the Caltech library. These books range in topics from the best presentation of quantitative information to research based tips for teaching (full list of library books). Email CPET if you would like to recommend additions to the CPET library collection.
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If you have any questions about CPET and ways to get involved feel free to email us at email@example.com.
Meredith Hooper is a third-year PhD student in the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories (GALCIT) studying under Professor Mory Gharib. Her research uses a combination of machine learning and experimental techniques to investigate the underlying fluid dynamics of bioinspired optimal propulsion. While working towards her BS in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University, Meredith taught seminars, workshops, and refresher courses in varied topics such as leadership, first aid, and technical backpacking skills. Although Meredith always knew she loved to teach, a class in Educational Psychology sparked her interest in promoting research-based teaching strategies. Meredith is excited to support the teaching efforts of the Caltech community by serving as CPET Co-Director.
Kimberly is a second-year PhD student in Mathematics working under the supervision of Dr. Omer Tamuz. Her research is in group dynamics and random walks, and she has previously worked on problems within quantum information theory. Kimberly has served as a TA for several undergraduate mathematics courses and is a co-author on a teaching and learning resource for educators of pure mathematics courses. In her role as CPET Co-Director, Kimberly hopes to assist graduate students and post-docs in making teaching less intimidating, more equitable, and more effective through the mutual sharing of knowledge and experience within an inclusive community.
Past CPET Co-Directors: Emile Oshima, Matthew Langley, Harrison Parker, Olivia Wilkins, Daniel Martin, Rebekah Silva, Kelsey Boyle, Daniel Thomas, Noelle Stiles, Labeed Ben-Galy, Elisa Franco