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Resources for Graduate Students

College Teaching Preparation Program

The Teaching and Learning Center invites Graduate Students to enroll in our College Teaching Preparation program. Being a new instructor is both an opportunity and a challenge. Being a new instructor is both an opportunity and a challenge. Participating in this program will prepare you to meet teaching-related challenges and provide you with the opportunity to work with professional educators to learn and practice new teaching skills.

For more information about the program, download our College Teaching Preparation Information and Checklist and visit our model ePortfolio page for more information on setting up your own ePortfolio (a major requirement to complete the program).

If you’d like to enroll in the program, please email Kristi Verbeke at verbekkj@wfu.edu.

 

Enhancing the Effectiveness of TA Office Hours

This post from Tomorrow’s Professor looks at ways to make teaching assistant office hours more productive.  It is from Chapter 5, Preparing Graduate Teaching Assistants for Their Specific Instructional Roles, in the book, Working Effectively with Graduate Assistants, by Jody D. Nyquist…

TLC Handbook for International Teaching Assistants

Adapted with permission from Vanderbilt University’s Center for Teaching, International Teaching Assistants Guide, this guide is a resource for international teaching assistants looking for more information about U.S. classrooms and students, such as information about the university system (as well…

Advice for New Faculty: Revisiting Boice (2000)

In this blog posting on her blog, The Mindful Ph.D., Nancy Chick, from Vanderbilt University, reflects on Robert Boice’s book, Advice for New Faculty Members: Nihil Nimus (2000). She found this book to be helpful in navigating her role as a new…

Sample Teaching Philosophy Statements – University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota’s Center for Teaching and Learning has provided some sample teaching philosophy statements for review from a variety of disciplines. Sample Teaching Philosophy Statements

Sample Teaching Philosophy Statements – University of Michigan

U of M graduate students and postdocs created these examples as part of a Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program. They are published with the authors’ consent. These examples represent the many different approaches to writing a teaching philosophy in a…

Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement

The following is a great article from Iowa State University’s Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. It frames the development of the statement around four questions: 1) to what end, 2) by what means, 3) to what degree and…

Writing a Teaching Philosophy – White Paper (Boye, 2012)

The following is a link to a white paper, which gives a lot of great advice for writing your teaching philosophy. It includes a definition of a teaching philosophy, what to include in your philosophy and “dos and don’ts”. Writing…

Writing a Teaching Philosophy – Self-Paced Tutorial

A teaching philosophy is a self-reflective statement of your beliefs about teaching and learning. In addition to general comments, your teaching philosophy should discuss how you put your beliefs into practice by including concrete examples of what you do or…

Writing a Statement of Teaching Philosophy for the Academic...

The following is an article from the University of Michigan’s Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) on the development of a teaching philosophy for those who are going on the job market. It also includes a rubric to…

Write the Syllabus

This comprehensive article from The Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University is broken into four sections (each containing many links to other references): What’s in a syllabus? When should you write your syllabus? General…

Syllabus Design for Graduate Teaching Assistants

This listing of resources, offered by the University of Michigan’s Center for Research on Learning and Teaching is geared toward graduate teaching assistants. It includes general articles on syllabus design as well as examples specific to graduate students. Syllabus Design…

Syllabus Design Tutorial

This self-paced tutorial from the University of Minnesota’s, Center for Teaching and Learning, covers the basics of syllabus design. It is divided into nine sections, which can be viewed in any order preferred. Syllabus Design Tutorial

Creating Your Syllabus

This article from the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching at the University of Michigan walks through the basics of creating an effective syllabus. It discusses setting goals for learning and ideas for what types of information to include….

Course Design Self-Paced Tutorial

This tutorial was created by On the Cutting Edge, an NAGT Professional Development Program for Geoscience Faculty (though it can certainly be adopted for any discipline). The tutorial is broken into three parts: 1. Setting goals 2. Designing the course…

Course Planning

The following article on course planning is from the Center For Instructional Technology at Duke University. This resource gives a brief overview of a 4-step design process. Course Planning

Planning a Course

General information on how to plan a new course from The Teaching Center at Washington University in St. Louis. This article covers topics such as defining course goals, determining course content, selecting teaching methods/tools, selecting assessment methods. It also covers…