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Graduate Student Professional Development

Graduate Student Professional Development News

Several studies point out that graduate student teaching assistants have a significant impact on undergraduate learning and student retention ((Bettinger, Long, & Taylor, 2016, Myers, et al. 2012; El-Ghoroury, 2012). Graduate students’ enthusiasm for their discipline affects student learning. One study suggests that Undergraduates who take an introductory course taught by a graduate student are much more likely to major in that subject than those who took the same course from a full-time faculty member (Bettinger, Long, & Taylor).

Each semester, CETL offers a one-credit, online course GRAD 9001/INCM 9605 College and University Teaching. This course introduces students to effective pedagogical skills and is designed to prepare Graduate Teaching Assistants for their duties. Topics include understanding how students learn, creating active learning environments, using formative and summative assessments, grading, handling problematic student behavior, responding to student diversity, designing courses and syllabi, and creating teaching philosophies.

For the first time in Spring 2016, GRAD 9001 (College and University Teaching) will be offered fully online in addition to a face-to-face section. All graduate students are eligible to enroll in this course. This 1-credit course introduces students to effective pedagogical skills and is designed to prepare graduate students to teach both as teaching assistants and as instructors of record.

GRAD 9001: College and University Teaching will be offered in the Fall:
Days: Tuesdays
Times: 3:30pm - 5:30pm
CRN: 84048
Please contact Amy Buddie (abuddie@kennesaw.edu) if you would like a copy of the syllabus.

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