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Graduate Student Programs and Resources

Graduate Student Resources

The ECTL recognizes that graduate students play an important part in the UW teaching and learning community. We encourage students to utilize our programs and resources to develop their knowledge, skills, and abilities as instructors.


Graduate Student Teaching and Learning Symposium - The Office of Academic Affairs and the Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning sponsor one-day teaching symposiums for all graduate students who have teaching responsibilities at UW for the first-time. Symposium leaders include University of Wyoming faculty and administrators. The symposium occurs the week before the fall semester classes start. The symposium format includes plenary sessions and small-group conversations. 

Graduate Assistant Seminar Series -These workshops are designed to address a spectrum of teaching topics relevant to graduate students with teaching assignments. Session leaders include faculty, advanced graduate assistants, staff, and administrators with specific expertise. All graduate students are encouraged to attend.

Course in College Teaching (GRAD 5910) - GRAD 5910, a three-credit S/U course generally taught in the spring semester, is for graduate students who want to broaden their skills and knowledge in the area of teaching in higher education. This course provides opportunities to develop skills and knowledge in order to design learning materials in one's discipline; create a rich, interactive, and productive classroom; successfully assess student learning; develop an effective personal teaching philosophy; and reflect on teaching and learning experiences.

Graduate Assistant Book Club- Join fellow GAs from a variety of disciplines in a facilitated discussion on First Day to Final Grade (Curzan & Damour, 2011). This book provides tools to help navigate the challenges of graduate teaching assistants. It provides a “how to” reference on topics such as creating a lesson plan, leading classroom discussion, engaging students, grading, and more. 


In addition to the resources listed in this brochure, the ECTL has a wealth of resources that promote “best-practice” pedagogies in support of the active pursuit of teaching and learning excellence. Some of these resources are highlighted below. We encourage graduate assistants to browse our website for more information about the ECTL and the resources we make available to UW’s instructional community.

Graduate Student Network at UW (GSN) - The GSN is a group of graduate students interested in professional development and networking opportunities; community service; book discussions; and communicating with, and supporting, fellow graduate students during their studies at UW. Like us on Facebook to learn about upcoming events and resources. 

The Graduate Teaching Assistant Handbook - This handbook was developed to facilitate your growth as an effective instructor for UW’s students.  In the handbook, you will find fundamental teaching strategies and approaches to engaging students, as well as important legal and ethical responsibilities that you need to be aware of as an instructor.

Teaching Tips and Resources - We provide information on teaching strategies, legal and ethical responsibilities, and career development, as well as technology services, books on teaching and learning, and more to members of the instructional community.

Online Higher Education Teaching Series - This online teaching series is designed to further enhance your development and understanding of the principles of pedagogy. You will find a myriad of ideas and suggestions for developing your teaching skills.

The Writing Center - The center offers advice for all kinds of writing, including classroom assignments, theses and dissertations, resumes, articles for publication, conference presentations, and grant proposals.

ECTL Lending Library - Our library contains hundreds of books, as well as selected DVDs, on teaching and learning. A searchable database is available on our website. Visitors are welcome to browse the collection any time during our regular office hours and/or check out materials. Off campus faculty can also request materials be shipped to their location. 


Contact us for information on the Teaching and Learning Programs and Resources for Graduate Students:

Janel Seeley, Instructional Designer * 766-5133

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