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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 quarterly discussion group on interesting and emerging fields in higher education and offer two certificate programs in university teaching, to help STEM graduate students and postdocs become knowledgeable and effective future higher education 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!   

Important: Please note that the CPET Certificates in University Teaching are ONLY available for currently enrolled Caltech graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. These certificates are neither recognized as nor affiliated with any certifications related to K-12 teaching in the state of California or elsewhere.

CPET Discussion Groups 
CPET holds a quarterly Discussion Groups where CPET community members 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!


5th Annual Caltech Teaching Conference 

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 from 9AM-4PM.

Enjoy concurrent sessions throughout the day, led by Caltech colleagues and invited guests. Sessions are designed for beginning TAs all the way through experienced instructors, and include discussions of effective strategies, student motivation, innovative technology, inclusive teaching, careers, and more. 

Please check out the Teaching Conferences official site for more information and to register! 


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!