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Graduate Student Programs and 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.

Every year we offer and promote educational development opportunities for Graduate Teaching Assistants which are funded through an endowment from the John P Ellbogen Foundation.

We will post information about our offerings for Fall 2020 later this summer. To get an idea of what we offered last year, see below.

ECTL Teaching and Learning Seminar Series

This series is open to UW's teaching community and we encourage participation in as many sessions as you can attend whether in-person or via Zoom. These sessions take place on Thursdays from 12:00-1:30 pm (lunch provided). To see the schedule and to register, click here.


Graduate Assistant Learning Community Book Club


The Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning will be hosting a book club in the Spring semester that is geared toward and open to all Graduate Assistants who are or will be teaching at UW. This is a great opportunity to meet and work with other Graduate Assistants and to further develop one’s skills as a teacher.

 This semester, this community of graduate assistants will discuss a variety of articles and/or scholarly sources related to Graduate Assistantships and College Teaching. (Articles TBD) Meeting times during the Spring 2020 semester are on the following Tuesdays from 12:00-1:30 pm:

 February 11 (Noon - 1:30 PM)

February 25 (Noon - 1:30 PM)

March 10 (Noon - 1:30 PM)

March 24 (Noon - 1:30 PM)

 The book club is funded by an endowment from The Ellbogen Foundation.


Applications must be received by Friday, January 31st and space is limited. Applicants will be notified of acceptance on Tuesday, February 4th.

To apply for the book club, go here to Apply for the Spring 2020 GA Book Club Group.

For more information, please contact Heather Webb at

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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 2020 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.

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.

Teaching Tips

A compilation of teaching tips and messages from contributors across the country.

2019-20 Teaching Messages Collection

2018-19 Teaching Issues Writing Consortium Teaching Tips

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 or for questions, please contact us at

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Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning

1000 E. University, Dept. 3334

Coe Library 510

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307)766-4847


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