Graduate Student Professional Development


The Office of Graduate Studies and PACE (the Professional & Academic Center for Excellence) hosts Teaching Assistant Certification Series (TACS) for any graduate student interested in a future career involving teaching, especially those considering becoming future faculty. This program does not involve additional formal coursework or tuition.

To earn the certificate, students must complete the following within one academic year:

  1. Participate in at least 6 of the workshops offered (FERPA, Title IX, and Classroom Management are mandatory),
  2. Submit a copy of their statement of teaching philosophy, they will then receive feedback on it, and must submit a revised copy, and
  3. Have an observation of their teaching and receive formative feedback.

*Note that workshops are open to all students as professional development, even if not in the program. Currently, all workshops are face-to-face on the main campus.

2017-2018 TACS Workshops





Fri, Feb 2nd, 3-5pm

Dean Ken Hendrickson Teaching Philosophy  TEC 279
Wed, Feb 14th, 9-11am

Dr. Nancy Baker

Giving and Receiving criticism in the online classroom environment LSC 315
Mon, Feb 26th, 1-3pm Blake Tritico

Classroom Management Strategies

LSC 315
Tues, Feb 27th, 10-11:30am Jeanine Bias

Title IX

Thurs, March 1st, 1-3pm Dr. Kimberly Lapraire & Dr. Marilyn Rice Teaching and Learning with Technology LSC 315
TBA Kevin Randall The Complete Syllabus TBA

*Lite Lunch Provided

Program Registration online. Registration for 2018-2019 will open August 1st. 

Your graduate program will be giving you excellent training in your discipline. If you plan to include teaching at some point in your career, it will also be helpful to take some training in pedagogy (the study of teaching methods and student learning). The basic premise of pedagogy training is that teaching should be understood like any other academic enterprise: evidence-based. Ideally, training will allow you to take a step back, evaluate your own pre-conceptions of teaching, and shape your approach in the classroom based on the best available empirical data on how students actually learn. Workshop topics will vary, but will generally show you how to: manage “challenging” students in the classroom, address cultural diversity, design a curriculum, incorporate pedagogical research into the classroom, and develop a statement of teaching philosophy.