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.
If you are interested in receiving announcements about CPET events, please sign up for the CPET mailing list.
CPET events are listed on the CTLO webpage.
If you have any questions about CPET and ways to get involved feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read more about our current CPET Graduate Co-Directors below:
Matthew is a second-year PhD student in the Division of Biology and Biological Engineering in the Elowitz Lab. His research focuses on the systems biology of intercellular signaling pathways. Before coming to Caltech, Matthew studied biomedical engineering at the University of Toronto, where he also received a Teaching Fundamentals certificate for basic skills training in university teaching a program similar to CPET's Certificate of Interest. Matthew looks forward to supporting the Caltech community in his role as CPET Co-Director.
Emile is a fifth-year PhD candidate in the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories (GALCIT), with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University and a MS in Aeronautics from Caltech. He currently works on experimental fluid dynamics under Dr. Mory Gharib, with emphasis on wind tunnel testing for commercial and military aircraft. Emile has served as a tutor and TA for various STEM subjects since high school, and is excited to share his love for teaching with the Caltech community through his role as CPET Co-Director.
Past CPET Co-Directors: Harrison Parker, Olivia Wilkins, Daniel Martin, Rebekah Silva, Kelsey Boyle, Daniel Thomas, Noelle Stiles, Labeed Ben-Galy, Elisa Franco