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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 in coordination with the Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning sponsors a one-day teaching and learning symposium the week before the fall semester classes start.  The fall 2016 symposium is scheduled for Tuesday, August 23, 8:30 am-2:30 pm, Wyoming Union, Yellowstone Ballroom. All Graduate Assistants with first-time teaching responsibilities broadly defined, or graduate students who will have teaching responsibilities and have not yet attended, are required to attend prior to assuming their duties. To register for the symposium, click here.

Teaching and Learning 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. To register for sessions, click here.

     Words of Wisdom: Making the Most of your Time as a GA - Thursday, September 8th, 12:00-1:30 pm, Coe Library 506

     Quick and Easy Techniques for Incorporating Active and Engaged Learning into your Course - Tuesday, October 18th, 12:00-1:30 pm, Coe Library 506

     Seven Ways of Learning - Monday, November 7th, 12:00-1:30 pm, Coe Library 506

Graduate Assistant Learning Community Book Club (Fall 2016)* 

This community of graduate assistants will discuss chapters from First Day to Final Grade: A Graduate Student's Guide to Teaching. This book is designed to help new graduate student teaching assistants navigate the challenges of teaching undergraduate students. Both a quick reference tool and a fluid read, the book focuses on the "how-tos" of teaching, such as setting up a lesson plan, running a discussion, and grading, as well as issues specific to the unique roll of graduate assistants as both teachers and students.

We only have room for 8 students so be sure to get your application in by Wednesday, September 7th. Selected participants will be notified by September 9th and can pick up their complimentary copy the book at the ECTL after that time. The group will identify four meeting times in the fall to meet and discuss the book. To apply for the book club, click here.

* Funded by the John P Ellbogen Foundation

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 2017 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 approach 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 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. 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 teaching community.

Faculty Development Online Teaching Series

The Writing Center
Lending Library 

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

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