Graduate Student Teaching Orientation

Wednesday, August 10, 2022
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The Graduate Student Teaching Orientation, sponsored by KSU’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), introduces graduate students to effective, evidence-based teaching and learning practices and principles online or on-ground. The orientation focuses on meaningful strategies and activities that will work in various learning environments and professional contexts.

 This professional development opportunity is designed for newly enrolled or current Kennesaw State University graduate students or postdocs with a KSU email address: 

  • who are currently GTAs (Teachers of Record, Teaching Assistants) or those who plan to apply for a GTA position in the future.
  • who simply want to learn more about good teaching and learning principles that apply to academic or professional contexts.  
  • who have not attended a previous CETL graduate student teaching orientation.
    • 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
    • Graduate student teaching roles, responsibilities, and resources.
  • How do students learn? How does memory work? How do students organize information? What is the role of metacognition in the undergraduate classroom?

  • How will I apply this knowledge to my classroom teaching? What active learning strategies have the most impact?

  • How do I create an inclusive classroom climate? How does class climate affect student learning? What are effective approaches to build relationships with and among students?

  • What are formative and summative feedback? How can I design assignments with clear grading criteria? How can I use a rubric, checklist, or other scoring systems? 

Location: The orientation will be delivered fully online in Zoom. Upon registration, participants will receive instructions for accessing this virtual event. Please plan on sigining in a few minutes early to familiarize yourself with the technology.  

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All attendees will receive a KSU CETL souvenir micro-credential acknowledging their participation in the teaching and learning professional development webinars.

Participation is limited to the first 300 registrations.


Registration for this event has closed!

We apologize for those who were unable to register. The sessions will be recorded and available as part of CETL's self-paced course for graduate students, Introduction to Scholarly Teaching. The course consists of eight self-paced modules on different teaching topics. The first four come directly from this orientation. You are also welcome to attend the orientation when it is offered again in fall, 2023.


Please direct your inquiries to Linda Stewart, Assistant Director, Graduate Student Professional Development Program,