Kennesaw State University

The Fall 2018 Graduate Student Teaching Workshop Series

This combination of workshops and webinars for a graduate student audience is designed to address core competencies for graduate student teachers. Further, this series includes a webinar on well-being and two workshops to prepare for a job search: Preparing a Teaching Statement and a Teaching Demo. See the descriptions of each workshop below:

I. Combining Interactive Lectures with Class Discussions
DATE: AUGUST  21, 2018, Tuesday 2:30 – 3:30 pm
This webinar is for all graduate students and faculty who are interested in designing engaging lecture-discussions. The most successful educators treat lectures and discussions as conversations with their students (Bain, 2004). This webinar focuses on designing lectures that effectively blend class discussion to boost student engagement and improve learning.

II.Mentoring Graduate Students: Establishing Goals, Building Relationships, and Creating Opportunities
DATE:  AUGUST 22, 2018 – Wednesday 10:00 – 11:00 am
This webinar is designed for faculty who are currently mentoring and advising graduate students or interested in applying for a GRA or GTA. Drawing from evidence-based research, this interactive webinar explores general guidelines for how to productively mentor graduate students. Participants will establish effective strategies for initial meetings, explore mentors’ responsibilities, and identify effective practices to support graduate students. 

III.Let’s Talk about Classroom Management
DATE August  30, 2018 – Thursday 2:00 – 3:00 pm
How can we proactively approach classroom management? Drawing from case studies and campus resources, this interactive webinar will examine multiple strategies to prepare for problematic student behaviors, facilitate reflective conversations, establish office hours, mitigate academic misconduct, and identify intervention basics.

IV. Cultivating Community: How Graduate Student Teachers Can Lead The Way
DATE: SEPTEMBER 5, 2018 Wednesday 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Research shows that community and a sense of belonging are associated with improved motivation, conflict resolution skills, and learning in undergraduate instruction. However, graduate student teachers seldom receive specific training in creating community when teaching undergraduates. This webinar introduces graduate students to community-building strategies in the undergraduate classroom, which ultimately improves undergraduate learning and retention as well. 

V. The Research-Teaching Nexus: Using Library Research Skills to Improve Teaching
WORKSHOP – Kennesaw Campus
DATE: SEPTEMBER 27, 2018 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Thursday
This dual purpose workshop is for all graduate students and those who would like to know more about how to use library resources (databases, indexes) and digital tools to collect, organize, and review literature. How do these research skills and processes connect to teaching undergraduate students critical thinking and academic literacy skills? Participants will explore how to apply their research skills to improve undergraduate teaching. Facilitated by Olga Koz and Linda Stewart.

VI. The Virtues of Slowing Down: Exploring Graduate Student Teaching and Well-Being
DATE: OCTOBER 1, 2018, Monday 2:00– 3:00 pm
This interactive webinar for graduate students and faculty addresses topics raised in The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy (Berg & Seeber 2016). We will explore connections between teaching and well-being and identify strategies and resources for slowing down in our personal and professional lives.

VII. Crafting a Teaching Statement
Kennesaw Campus: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Marietta Campus: Thursday November 1, 2018 10: a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
If you’re interested in a career in academia, a teaching statement that describes your approach to teaching and learning will be a key requirement for future job applications. In this workshop, you will reflect on your beliefs about teaching and learning, identify theorists that align with their views, and articulate concrete ways your philosophy is enacted in online or traditional classroom settings. This workshop is designed for all graduate students interested in teaching or preparing your materials for a job search.

VIII. Preparing and Presenting a Teaching Demo
WORKSHOP – Kennesaw Campus
Kennesaw Campus: Monday, November 4, 2018 2:00 – 4:00 p.m 
An effective teaching presentation that works for a range of audiences is essential for an academic job search. This workshop is intended to help you design a versatile and powerful teaching demo for the classroom or a job search. This workshop is designed for all graduate students interested in teaching or preparing their materials for a job search.