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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 2018*

All sessions are held in Coe Library 506 and a catered lunch is provided for sessions over the noon hour. Click here to register.

Wednesday, September 26th | 12:00-1:30 pm - Teaching Critical Thinking
In this workshop we will learn about a system for helping students to think critically, based on information for The Critical Thinking Initiative.

From The Critical Thinking Initiative website:
"All teachers are interested in improving their students' ability to think critically, yet while most textbooks discuss the topic, few offer real direction on how to accomplish this primary pedagogical goal. The Critical Thinking Initiative is far more successful in two regards: First, it grounds itself (for faculty) in contemporary research on critical thinking from fields such as composition, neuroscience, psychology, education, and others. Second, it translates that research into a pragmatic system that students and faculty in any field can put to immediate use for improving thinking skills." -- Gian Pagnucci, Ph.D., Chair of IUP Department of English, Distinguished University Professor, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Tuesday, October 16th | 12:00-1:30 pm - Working with International Students
As experts in our fields, creating meaningful and effective curriculum for non-experts can sometimes be challenging. When considering curriculum that engages international students as well, there are additional cultural and language considerations. A panel of international students and advisors will share insights, ideas and suggestions for creating an inclusive, engaging and effective course that welcomes international students and perspectives.

Tuesday, November 13th (rescheduled from November 8th)| 4:00-5:00 pm - The Race Between Education and Catastrophe
In 1920, H.G. Wells wrote: “Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.” Perhaps no other quote better sums up why teaching is so important, and why so many of us focus our lives on promoting education. In this talk, Dr. Jeff Bennett (CU Boulder) will discuss a few strategies, with examples, that can help us “win” this race by improving our teaching success at almost any level, and especially for the teaching of math and science. 

Dr. Bennett has developed many innovative strategies for teaching science to non-science majors and has written leading textbooks in both astronomy and astrobiology. As a result, he has spoken about strategies for teaching science to faculty at many colleges and universities, including the University of Kentucky, UCLA, San Diego State, Emory University, BYU-Idaho, SUNY-Stonybrook, Rice University, Charleston College, Indiana/Purdue, and many more.


Graduate Assistant Learning Community Book Club*

This community of graduate assistants will discuss chapters from Teaching Your First College Class: A Practical Guide for New Faculty and Graduate Student Instructors (Lieberg). 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 Wednesday, September 5th and space is limited. To apply for the book club, go here.

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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 to design learning materials; create a rich, interactive, and effective classroom; effectively assess student learning; develop a  personal teaching philosophy; and reflect on teaching and learning experiences. The course is listed in the Registrar's Spring 2019 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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