The students in my first-year seminar were engaged in a small group activity, which had spread outside of the classroom into the hallways. It was my first semester teaching this seminar, and we were approaching midterm.
Welcome to a new spring semester! Whether it’s your first time teaching here at Kennesaw State or you are returning after many years, the beginning of a new semester is an exciting time for faculty and students.
During my undergraduate studies, I was highly influenced by my English 1101 instructor. She was a graduate teaching assistant (GTA), and she was very passionate about teaching writing and helping her students understand how to construct and support arguments successfully.
It is your first experience with teaching and most likely you are training to become a professor in the future, that is, your time as a graduate teaching assistant (GTA). Along with your new responsibilities, you may have concerns like: Will your students like you?
A faculty member recently asked me what the research recommends you do when you want students to effectively engage with supplementary reading material, such as a journal article, beyond the usual textbook readings students are assigned.
This double bind is unfortunately far from unique and it is consistent with several research findings, all converging on the idea that faculty of color and other minorities, and particularly women, are often penalized by students on end-of-semester evaluations.