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Caltech Project for Effective Teaching

About CPET

CPET (Caltech Project for Effective Teaching) is a group of graduate students and postdocs dedicated to improving our own teaching skills and helping others to do the same. CPET is part of the Caltech Center for Teaching, Learning, and Outreach (CTLO), and each year we host quarterly seminars and workshops by the some of the best STEM professors in Southern California on topics related to higher education. We also host a monthly journal club on interesting and emerging fields in higher education and offer two Teaching Certificate programs to help participants become knowledgeable and effective future faculty. 

CPET Certificate Programs
CPET offers two certificate programs, the Certificate of Interest and the Certificate of Practice in University Teaching. If you are interested in participating in either certificate program, please check out our Certificate Page and contact us at!   

CPET Journal Club 
CPET holds a montly Journal Club where we read about and discuss interesting and emerging topics in the field of higher education with the aim of developing our teaching knowledge and skills for our future positions as educators in academia, industry, and beyond. Specific articles and reviews will be emailed to the CPET mailing list and all other participants one week prior to meeting. 


Upcoming CPET Events

As seminar speakers, dates, and topics are solidified, they will be announced here. You can also download our google calendar for up-to-date information on seminars, workshops, and journal clubs!

From The Bronx to Biscayne Bay: Teaching in Two Corners of American Education

Bailey Farrell (Ransom Everglades School)
Monday, February 13th, 11:00 am, CTLO (3rd Floor, CSS)

After graduating in 2013 from Stanford University with a B.S. in Chemistry, Ms. Bailey Farrell served as a corps member in Teach For America. She taught in a
public school classroom in The Bronx for three years, where her students consistently outperformed the average pass rate on the New York State Regents
exam. She served as 10th Grade Team Leader, as Science Department Chair, and offered an AP® Chemistry course for the first time in the school’s 14-year history. During her time in New York, she also went on to earn her M.S.T. from Fordham University. Ms. Farrell currently teaches chemistry at both an honors and traditional level at Ransom Everglades School, a nationally ranked private day school in Miami, FL. She is excited to share her experiences in these two vastly different environments and provide insights on how to be a effective educator and make a meaningful impact in any context.

Other Events of Interest

There are currently no upcoming events of interest, but please check back soon!

CPET Mailing List

Interested in getting involved with CPET? Please sign up for the CPET mailing list here to learn about upcoming seminars, workshops, and other opportunities offered through CPET! You can also participate in CPET Committee Meetings, in which we discuss what types of programing CPET can provide!