The Program

The McCall MacBain Postdoctoral Fellows Teaching and Leadership Program is a 1-year postdoctoral training program aimed to train future leaders and educators, aiming to build the next generation of high-performing teachers, researchers, and leaders. The program runs from September through May.

Postdoctoral Fellows that participate in the program are expected to fully participate in the program activities, which should amount to one day a week. To compensate the postdoctoral fellow's supervisor for their time in the program, the postdoctoral fellow's Faculty will cover 20% of the salary and benefits of postdoctoral fellows accepted into the program (from September to Mayl refunded directly to the Program Member's supervisor). This financial support will release the member from their postdoctoral research and allow the Program Member to devote one day a week to invest in their leadership, teaching and research skills.

Membership within this program requires meeting weekly to advance knowledge about best practices in teaching & learning, and leadership development. Key activities in the program consist of:

  • Biweekly Education Cognition Journal Club

    The EdCog Journal Club meets biweekly to discuss papers related to education and cognition. Starting in September 2020, the Fall semester reading list contains simple, key papers in the field to acquaint postdoctoral fellows with the literature. The Winter semester reading list consists of cutting-edge, new papers in the field. Postdoctoral fellows are expected to be active participants in journal club meetings. Once the postdoctoral fellows are well-acquainted with the field, they will be assigned meetings to facilitate discussion.

  • Biweekly Workshops

    The workshops are designed to be paired in tandem with Journal Club topics. The workshops are where the postdoctoral fellows will learn to put their new evidence-based knowledge from the journal club into practice. The workshops are led by experts in their topics and provide the postdoctoral fellows with hands-on experience.


In addition to the scheduled meetings with the rest of the program, the postdoctoral fellows will also complete key deliverables as part of the program:

  • A research report on a discipline-based education research project to be presented at the McMaster Conference on Education & Cognition.

    Postdoctoral fellows will have the opportunity to work with a professor doing education-related work or choose to investigate their own topic. The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to select from these projects to form a research collaboration and mentoring relationship to be conducted throughout the year. The goal of this research project is to showcase the work they've done and to disseminate findings that will translate into prescriptions for teaching in the classroom and result in changes in policy. Postdoctoral fellows will present their research at the end of the program to share what they have learned with their peers. Postdoctoral fellows can also present their research at the McMaster Conference on Education and Cognition

  • An Op-Ed report on a topic of the Program Member’s choice.

    Postdoctoral fellows will attend a workshop led by Wade Hemsworth, McMaster's Public Relations Manager, to learn the importance of and how to write an Op-Ed. Writing a lay-terms, Op-Ed on the Program Member’s research will teach vital communication skills required to become a leader and instructor in the academic and professional world. Furthermore, reaching a wider range of readers can influence the policies for how we teach. Read the published Op-Eds here.

  • Participate in the McC MacB Talks

    After attending workshops relating to effective PowerPoint design and how to give a fantastic presentation, postdoctoral fellows will develop a 5-minute talk about their research aimed towards a general audience. The top McC MacB Talks will also present at the Alumni Appetizers for the Mind event. This will allow the postdoctoral fellows an opportunity to continue honing their science communication and leadership skills. Watch all of the McC MacB talks

  • Optional Participation Teaching with Dr. Imbault and Dr. Kim

    In the Spring semester, the postdoctoral fellows will be able to optionally teach one module of Inspire 3EL3 (Perspectives in Science: Behind the Scenes) with Dr. Imbault and Dr. Kim to put their new skills into practice. Postdoctoral fellows will be able to take risks with their teaching, try new techniques and develop an experiential learning assessment.


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