Graduate Student Professional Development


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.

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.

2018-2019 TACS Workshops

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

If you plan to acquire your TACS certificate for the fall 2018 semester, please register for the TA, GA, RA training posted above. The topics covered during the training will not be offered again for the fall semester.

Sept. 11 Teaching with Technology: BlackBoard and Online (Thomas Sosebee) RSVP HERE 12:30pm-1:30pm* @ LSC 315
Sept. 20 Envisioning your Academic Career Throughout Your Graduate Career (Dr. Danielle Boisvert) 4:00pm-5:00pm @ LSC 307
Oct. 1 Teaching Philosophy (Dr. Ken Hendrickson) 10:30am-12:00pm @ LSC 315
Oct. 9 Grading Written Work and Giving Feedback (Dr. Nancy Baker) 9:30-10:30am @ LSC 315
Oct. 23 Compose Yourself: Preparing Your Resume, CV, and Cover Letters (Michelle Meers) 4:00pm-5:00pm @ LSC 315
Nov. 6 Plagiarism: Your Words or Mine?  (Dr. Carroll Nardone) 10:30am-12:00pm @ LSC 315

*RSVP required


2017-2018 TACS Recipients

Lorri Caruso

Emily Davis

Tri Keah Henry

Rose Kader

India Loth

Willie Matthews

Carrie Polston

Ashley Walker