Graduate Student Teaching Orientation

Wednesday, August 9, 2023
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

This virtual orientation offers an overview of graduate student teaching responsibilities and four webinars introducing effective, evidence-based teaching and learning principles and practices relevant to different modalities and professional contexts. Attendance at this event earns a KSU CETL Souvenir Micro-credential. 
Who: The orientation is designed for all domestic and international KSU graduate students who are currently teaching assistants (TOR, TA) and KSU graduate students or postdocs who may be interested in teaching in the future. 
Where: The orientation will be delivered fully online in Zoom. Upon registration, participants will receive instructions for accessing this virtual event. Please plan on arriving a few minutes early to familiarize yourself with the technology.  

    • Welcome from the CETL Executive Director and the Dean of the Graduate College. Introduction to CETL presenters and overview of the day’s goals, format, and activities. 

    • Teaching roles, responsibilities, and resources for Graduate Students and International Graduate Students. 

  • How do students learn? How does memory work? How do students organize information? What is the role of metacognition in the undergraduate classroom?

  • What is active learning? How does active learning improve student learning and engagement? What active learning strategies have the most impact? 

  • How do I create an inclusive classroom climate for all students? How does climate affect student learning and sense of belonging? What relationship-building strategies engage students?

  • What are formative and summative feedback? How can I design assignments with clear grading criteria? How might I adapt rubrics, checklists, or other scoring systems to grade fairly?

Please direct inquiries to Linda Stewart, CETL Assistant Director of Graduate Student Professional Development Program, Associate Professor of English:  
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Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS/COC) Credential guidelines. Graduate Assistants Graduate Assistants USG institutions employing graduate assistants shall develop procedures to: 1) Provide appropriate training to support and enhance these assistants’ teaching effectiveness.