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Course Development and Revision Workshop

The SER Education Committee will sponsor a half day workshop at the 2021 Annual Meeting focused on course development and revision. This workshop is targeted to post-doctoral scholars and early career faculty members who are planning to or in the process of teaching a course in epidemiologic methods. Workshop participants should have a specific course targeted for revision, and be committed to making revisions to their course in response to the workshop. Workshop participants will have a chance to work with senior faculty members and with each other on specific topics that they propose during the application to the workshop, which may include (but are not limited to):

  • Syllabus development (e.g., what topics should be covered at a particular level/as part of a broader course sequence?);

  • Course content for a particular subject (e.g., what is the best way to teach confounding to undergraduates? How should I introduce selection bias to masters students?);

  • Textbook selection and use (e.g., should I assign one book or selected readings from many books, or eschew textbooks altogether in favor of journal articles?); and

  • Student evaluations (what assignments are scalable, but authentic assessments?).

A limited number of applicants will be accepted. Selected individuals will be required to pay a $25 participation fee. No funding/travel support is available for this workshop.

Eligibility: Only post-doctoral and early career faculty teaching/planning to teach a course in epidemiologic methods will be considered.

Application Requirements:


  • One-page (pdf) document which provides a summary of the following:

    • The course you are/will be teaching including: course name, objectives, target students (degree level, and number of students), and prerequisites (ie.e, is it part of a sequence?)

    • The specific problem/goal you hope to address as part of the workshop

    • Short statement about your teaching experience thus far.

  • CV (pdf)


  • Applications open November 6, 2020

  • Applications close February 5, 2021

  • Applicants will be notified by March 12, 2021 if they are accepted into the workshop

  • Workshop will be held on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 from 8:30am – 12:30pm at the conference hotel