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Graduate Student Programs and Resources

*Funded by the John P Ellbogen Foundation.

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.

Teaching and Learning Seminar Series- Fall 2017*

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. All sessions are held from 12:00-1:30 pm in Coe Library 506 and a catered lunch is provided.

Wednesday, September 6th - Time Management Ideas
New Faculty and Graduate Teaching Assistants often juggle an overwhelming load of writing, teaching, research, meetings, and more in addition to personal and family lives. Although there is no one magic trick that fits everyone, there are lots of tips and tricks for managing a work-life balance. This workshop provides a variety of suggestions and advice from those who can relate.

Thursday, October 19th - Writing a Teaching Philosophy
Creating a teaching philosophy is not only beneficial for your resume or tenure packets. It can also be a powerful tool for guiding and reflecting on your work as an instructor as you design your courses. In this workshop we will examine a variety of styles for teaching philosophies and offer guidance and feedback on your own philosophies. 

Friday, November 10th - Jazz Up that Syllabus
Are you tired of spending hours creating a lengthy and thorough syllabus that students never read? This workshop will provide examples and techniques for creating a syllabus that students will want to read including graphic, interactive and other forms of engaging syllabi.

Graduate Assistant Learning Community Book Club*

This community of graduate assistants will discuss chapters from First Day to Final Grade: A Graduate Student’s Guide to Teaching (Curzan, Damour). Applicants selected for the book club will receive a complimentary copy of the book. Meeting times during the fall semester will be determined by the group.

Applications must be received by Friday, September 15th and space is limited.

First Day to Final Grade Book

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Course in College Teaching (GRAD 5910)

This three-credit S/U course is offered in the spring semester and 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. The course is listed in the Registrar's Spring 2018 Class Schedule under "Other Programs" GRAD-Graduate School.

Graduate Teaching Assistant Handbook

This handbook was developed to facilitate the growth of Graduate Assistants as effective instructors. The handbook contains fundamental teaching strategies and approaches to engage students, as well as important legal and ethical responsibilities that all instructors need to know about. To access the handbook, go here. This handbook is updated each academic year.

Graduate Student Network (GSN)

This Recognized Student Organization (RSO) is mainly focused on improving the professional and social aspects of being a graduate student. GSN activities include research-specific seminars and speakers, focus-group discussions, conference presentation feedback, and social hours. For more information, go to the Graduate Student Network at UW Facebook page.

Additional Resources

The ECTL has a wealth of resources that promote “best-practice” pedagogies in support of the active pursuit of teaching and learning excellence. We encourage graduate assistants to browse our website for more information about the ECTL and the resources we make available to UW’s teaching community.


For additional information, please contact Janel Seeley at: or (307) 766-4814. 

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