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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. 

GTA teaching with whiteboard in classroom


GA/GTA Learning Communities and Book Clubs

The Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning typically offers either a Graduate Teaching Assistant Learning Community or a facilitated Graduate Teaching assistant Book club where Graduate students will have the opportunity to connect during the semester to build knowledge and skills for teaching postsecondary courses. Funding for this program is provided through a generous endowment from the John P. Ellbogen Foundation and the Office of Graduate Education. For more information, contact us at


Join our Radical Hope Book Club

For more information on the Spring 2021 Radical Hope book group, View the Flyer.

To sign up for a book discussion directly, Register Here.

Enter the Student Essay Contest

UPDATE: Winners of the essay contest have been chosen and a public announcement and presentation will be made in the fall as part of our 30th anniversary celebration.  Members of the review committee were truly inspired to read about the many ways that UW teachers have impacted their students as scholars and humans. They were humbled by the knowledgeable, committed, and caring faculty across the UW campus highlighted in the student essay submissions.

Course in College Teaching (GRAD 5910: Teaching Methodologies & Applications)

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 and perhaps enter the academic world. 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 Class Schedule under "Other Programs" GRAD-Graduate School. The Spring 2021 course will be offered Tuesdays (online synchronous) from 4:10-7:00 pm. For more information, please contact Janel Seeley at

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, please see the Graduate Student Network at UW Facebook page.

Graduate Teaching Assistant Handbook

The Graduate Teaching Assistant 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.

Creating Professional Documents 


Suggested Reading

These books are available to checkout in the ECTL Library.

First Day to Final Grade, 3rd Edition (Curzan & Damour, 2011)

How Learning Works (Ambrose, et al., 2010)

Teaching Your First College Class (Lieberg, 2008)

Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning(Lang, 2016)

Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science  in Online Classes(Darby & Lang, 2019)

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 Tip

If you are interested and borrowing a book from the ECTL library, please contact us at 307-766-4847 or and we can check it out to you and arrange a COVID-minded way to get it to you!

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


Contact Us

Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning

1000 E. University, Dept. 3334

Coe Library 510

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307)766-4847


The John P. "Jack" Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Wyoming.

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