CETL’s Graduate Student Professional Development Program (GSPD) Fall 2019 Workshop Series

This combination of workshops and webinars for a graduate student audience is designed to address core competencies for graduate student teachers.

1. Opening Days: Laying the Groundwork for the Semester
Date: Monday, August 19, 2019
Time: 10:10 – 11:00 a.m.
Participants in this webinar will identify ways to introduce and sequence activities in the first week of class that preview what students can expect throughout the semester. Participants in this webinar will identify and share approaches and activities that set the stage for the semester. Possible topics include setting ground rules, establishing an inclusive classroom climate, using content-based strategies to provoke student curiosity, and goal-setting for student success. Let’s get started in purposeful and productive ways!

2. Small Steps to More Effective Lab Instruction
Date: Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Time: 2:00 – 2:45 p.m.
What could you do to improve lab instruction? This informational webinar addresses easily adaptable teaching strategies for the lab classroom to improve student learning. Small changes can have a big impact. Topics include how to provide a clear overview, connect to prior learning, create an inclusive climate, assign and evaluate lab reports, and measure student understanding.

3. Story as Pedagogy: Purposeful Stories to Create Inclusivity and Enhance Learning
Date: Thursday, September 12, 2019
Time: 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
This webinar examines storytelling as an inclusive and often overlooked pedagogical tool relevant to all disciplines. Drawing upon narrative theory, learning sciences, and personal experiences, this session explores the many functions of storytelling for instructors and students who bring their own stories to the classroom. Participants will explore purposeful narrative strategies to punctuate lectures, enhance discussions, generate student motivation, and create an inclusive classroom environment.

4. Classroom Management: A Proactive Approach
Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Time: 1:25 - 2:15 p.m.
This interactive webinar will examine factors that contribute to a constructive classroom climate, review university policies and resources, and identify intervention basics. Knowing our students, inviting their feedback, and being prepared to respond compassionately and professionally are essential to resolving problematic student behaviors, addressing academic misconduct, and supporting students in crisis.

5. Crafting Reflections: A Teaching Journey in Words and Images
Co-presenter: Dr. Erin Kathleen Bahl 
Workshop – Kennesaw Campus, CETL House, 3211 Campus Loop Rd
Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019
Time: 2:00 – 3:15 p.m.
As the semester intensifies, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and lose track of yourself as a teacher: who you are, where you’ve come from, and why you teach the way you do. In this workshop, we invite you to pause and reflect on your teaching journey in words and images. Together we’ll cover some basic principles of verbal-visual storytelling, then craft brief narratives centered on key moments in our teaching practices and experiences. All materials will be provided; no prior skills necessary, just a willingness to jump in and put something down on paper. This workshop is geared especially toward graduate student teachers and those interested in teaching, but KSU instructors of all experience levels are welcome. 


For additional information or questions, please contact Linda Stewart, CETL Assistant Director for Graduate Student Support, at 470-578-6410 or email: lstewar2@kennesaw.edu.


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS/COC) Credential guidelines. Graduate Assistants USG institutions employing graduate assistants shall develop procedures to: 1) Provide appropriate training to support and enhance these assistants’ teaching effectiveness; 2) conduct regular assessments of and annually evaluate, based on written procedures and including results of student & faculty evaluations, of each assistant’s teaching effectiveness and performance; and, 3) Assess competency in English and, if needed, provide training in English language proficiency.

6.2.a.f. -- Graduate teaching assistants: master’s in the teaching discipline or 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline, direct supervision by a faculty member experienced in the teaching discipline, regular in-service training, and planned and periodic evaluations.


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