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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


Fall 2021 GTA Teaching Development Learning Community

Call for Applications

This learning community provides space for new Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) starting in AY 2021-22 to come together to discuss their teaching and learning experiences during the fall semester. Topics might include building community in your class, managing technology, balancing your different roles on campus, getting early feedback from students, supporting your students and yourself, engaging students, reflecting and looking forward, and handling academic misconduct. The topics will be curated according to your needs, and there will be opportunities for GTAs to co-lead discussions about a topic of their choice.

Interested participants will be assigned to one of the groups listed below based on your selection. If both dates and times work for you, select both options when you register and we will assign you to a group. You can choose to attend in person or via Zoom.

Attend six of the eight scheduled meetings in the fall semester to be eligible for a $250 scholarship!


Group 1: Tuesdays from 1 - 2 pm MST; September 7th, September 14th, September 28th, October 5th, October 19th, November 2nd, November 16th, November 30th

Group 2: Wednesdays from 1 - 2 pm MST; September 1st, September 8th, September 22nd, October 6th, October 20th, November 3rd, November 17th, and December 1st

How to Apply

We are no longer accepting applications for this learning community. We appreciate your interest. Check back soon for Spring Learning Community opportunities!


If you have questions, please direct them to Megan Jones at

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 2022 course will be offered Tuesdays (in-person) 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


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