Graduate TA Workshop Series, Fall 2014

Creating a Teaching Portfolio
Wednesday September 24, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Library [east wing] E159)

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.

Developing Your Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Wednesday September 17, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Library [east wing] E159)

Monday October 13, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Library [east wing] E159)

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.

Book Discussion:  "Abstracts and the Writing of Abstracts"
Part 1: Wednesday Oct 8, 1:00-3:00pm, Library (east wing) E159 | Register
Part 2: Wednesday Oct 29, 1:00-3:00pm, Library (east wing) E159 | Register

As a budding academic researcher, it can be difficult and time-consuming to summarize research for various audiences or purposes. In this two-part book discussion, we will explore strategies outlined in the short, focused text “Abstracts and the Writing of Abstracts.” The first session will discuss many forms of abstract writing, including short communications, conferences submissions and dissertation abstracts. The second session will be a hands-on session in which we workshop abstracts generated by the participants. Participants who register in advance will receive a complimentary copy of the book.

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