Graduate TA Workshop Series, Spring 2014


Developing Your Statement of Teaching Philosophy
April 3, 1-3pm (Library Instruction Room B)

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Job applications often ask for “statements of teaching philosophy,” but few of us may have seen what many of these statements look like and have little practice writing our own. In this interactive session, we look at some samples and proceed through a sequence of writing and discussion activities designed to help you identify what you value in your own teaching and how that is represented in concrete activities in the classroom. This is a working session and the intent will be to come away with real strategies for approaching your first draft.

Creating a Teaching Portfolio
April 22, 1-3pm (Library Instruction Room B)

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For those graduate teaching assistants hoping to get academic jobs at teaching focused institutions, a Teaching Portfolio will be a vital part of any successful job search. As with all your job search materials, it is important to start developing a teaching portfolio well in advance of your search and to have a plan for maintaining those materials regularly and efficiently. This workshop will explore the elements you will need in your portfolio, offer strategies for developing a portfolio that represents a learner-focused instructor, and explore several on-line services and tools for maintaining your portfolio through graduation and beyond.

Exploring Assessment Workshops

This series of workshops offers opportunities to explore and discuss the ways in which the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) VALUE Rubrics can be employed both for the assessment of student work and for fostering conversations with students in which we describe the value and trajectory of their work in a shared language. These will be hands-on workshops, in that each session will focus on a discussion of a rubric or set of rubrics from the AAC&U based around a specific theme or approach and then use these rubrics to examine selected student work.

  • Workshop 1: “Reading” (offered jointly with Christopher Anderson, Ph.D. student in Communication): Tuesday, March 4, 1-3pm, UWM Libraries Digital Humanities Lab, Golda Meir Library, second floor, east wing (Register in MyDev)
  • Workshop 2: “Quantitative Literacy” (offered jointly with Fatimah Patiman, Ph.D. student in Geosciences): Thursday, March 6, 1-3pm, UWM Libraries Digital Humanities Lab, Golda Meir Library, second floor, east wing (Register in MyDev)
  • Workshop 3: “Lifelong Learning” and “Integrative Learning:” Wednesday, March 26, 1-3pm, UWM Libraries Digital Humanities Lab, Golda Meir Library, second floor, east wing (Register in MyDev)
  • Workshop 4: “Information Literacy” (offered jointly with Kate Ganski, Library Instruction Coordinator): Friday, March 28, 3-4:30pm, UWM Libraries Digital Humanities Lab, Golda Meir Library, second floor, east wing (Register in MyDev)

Contact Matthew Russell for further information at russelmr@uwm.edu.