The GSI Center’s Workshops on Teaching for GSIs cover a wide variety of topics related to university teaching and the GSI experience. The purpose of the series is to offer GSIs, and other graduate students interested in teaching, opportunities for hands-on learning and practical discussion about pedagogy.

To assist us in planning, pre-registration is required.

If you intend your participation in a workshop to count toward the Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, you must stay for the entire workshop. Workshops marked with an asterisk fulfill a requirement of the Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Feel free to email the GSI Center if you would like to request a workshop on a particular topic.

Handouts and videos from selected workshops are available online.

All workshops will be offered via Zoom.

Spring 2021 Workshops

Developing a Statement of Teaching Philosophy and Teaching Portfolio*
Wednesday, January 27, 10:30 – 12:00; via Zoom
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Workshop Description

Improve your teaching and prepare for the academic job search. Come find out what is typically addressed in a teaching philosophy statement and participate in activities that will help you get started.

Peer Exchange and Feedback on Statements of Teaching Philosophy*
Wednesday, February 3, 10:30 – 12:00; via Zoom
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Workshop Description

This workshop is designed for graduate students who are interested in improving their statements ​of teaching philosophy through feedback​ ​from peers. Workshop participants will exchange statements of teaching philosophy and provide​ ​and receive input. Participants must bring two copies of a draft of their statement of teaching philosophy to participate in the workshop.

Creating and Using Grading Rubrics*
Tuesday, February 16, 1:00 – 2:30; via Zoom
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Workshop Description

Improve your teaching and enhance student learning through the use of mid-semester evaluations and Classroom Assessment Techniques. Know how to respond productively to student feedback and use the information you receive on final course evaluations to set goals for improvement.

Syllabus and Course Design*
Wednesday, March 3, 1:00 – 2:30; via Zoom
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Workshop Description

Are you responsible for designing a course and syllabus for this coming fall or next spring? Are you​ ​interested in developing a syllabus for the academic job search? In this workshop, participants will learn ways to turn their syllabus ideas into integrated courses and will work out criteria for selecting course materials, assignments, and methods​ ​of​ ​assessment.

Creating Inclusive Classrooms: Microaggressions and the Learning Environment*
Thursday, March 18, 1:00 – 2:30; via Zoom
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Workshop Description

This workshop is designed to help GSIs understand the character and consequences of microaggressions, and to help them begin to develop the tools to address them in their role as instructors. For those who attended any one of the similarly-themed workshops during the Fall or Spring conference for first-time GSIs, this will be an opportunity to revisit some of the topics discussed there, as well as to address any issues that may have emerged in the course of teaching since. For other GSIs, this workshop will provide a basic understanding of microaggressions and an opportunity to reflect on them in the context of their own teaching.

How Students Learn*
Monday, March 29, 10:00 – 11:30; via Zoom
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Workshop Description

While graduate students do not need to become experts in how students learn, a basic understanding of the research on learning can enable GSIs to make informed teaching decisions. Drawing on research findings from neuroscience, anthropology, and cognitive and social psychology, this workshop will enable GSIs to consider ways to apply research-based principles to the learning environments they create for their students.

Teaching and the Academic Job Market
Monday, April 5, 1:00 –2:30; via Zoom
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Workshop Description

Learn about the role teaching plays in applying for faculty positions and how to prepare for this aspect of the academic job search from graduate students who have accepted positions at a variety of colleges and universities.

Enhancing Student Participation*
Tuesday, May 4, 10:30 – 12:00; via Zoom
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Workshop Description

Do you ever have trouble eliciting student participation in class? Do some consistently take the floor while others rarely speak up? Do you wish you had more strategies to get students involved with the course material? In this workshop we will discuss reasons students may tend to hold back and practical strategies to encourage them to participate more fully.