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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 2022 Learning Community

Graduate Teaching Assistant Learning Community – Teaching in Higher Education 

Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) are experts in their field of study but may need support honing their understanding of teaching and learning. This is a learning community to practice teaching skills and learn from our peers. In this learning community we will introduce recent research articles to gain further insight into the role of a GTA. Each participant will choose one of the recently published articles to read. Then they will choose an evidence-based teaching method to engage the learning community in a lesson about the content. Additionally, we will write a personal teaching philosophy throughout the semester. 

Each participant is eligible for a $250 scholarship that will be awarded directly to the student’s Wyo account once the semester is complete. Criteria for receiving the $250 scholarship includes: 

  1. Attending 4 out of the 5 sessions
  2. Reading one of the recently published articles 
  3. Teaching/facilitating a lesson regarding the peer-reviewed article using an evidence-based teaching method to engage the learning community in the content 
  4. Actively engaging in the sessions
  5. Written teaching philosophy 

The learning community will be split into two groups, one is offered in an online format via Zoom and the other is in-person at the ECTL office. Note: If both dates, times, and meeting styles work for you, select both options and we will assign you to a group.  Space is limited; please complete the application form and answer every question fully to be considered. 

Application Deadline: Friday, August 26. Participants will be notified of acceptance and group assignments by Thursday, Sept.  1. 

When: In-person - Tuesdays | 10:00-11:30a | September 13, September 27, October 1, October 25, November 8
Online – Tuesdays | 12:00-1:30p | September 13, September 27, October 1, October 25, November 8
Offered: In-person | Online
The deadline for application has closed.  Thank you for your interest.
Questions: Megan Jones at

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

This three-credit S/U course is offered in the spring semester for graduate students who want to broaden their skills and knowledge in the area of teaching in higher education.  Dr. Janel Seeley will provide opportunities to develop skills and knowledge needed 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. This course is generally offered in-person on Tuesdays 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.

2020-21 Teaching Messages Collection

2019-20 Teaching Messages Collection

2018-19 Teaching Issues

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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