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College of Arts & Sciences Graduate Teaching Programs

From left, faculty faciliators Lara Wallace, Erik Boczko, Carmelinda Chilelli, Muriel Gallego, and Edna Lima.

From left, faculty faciliators Lara Wallace, Erik Boczko, Carmelinda Chilelli, Muriel Gallego, and Edna Lima. 

Note: Participants will receive a paper certificate of achievement; these programs will NOT appear on a student’s official transcript.

Graduate Teaching Certificate

Ideal for those who would like to teach at the college level, the Graduate Teaching Certificate shows that the recipient has undertaken professional development activities that can be applied in the classroom. Students attend workshops and compile a dossier, and earning this certificate indicates that recipients have worked toward their professional training and that their successful efforts are recognized by a committee of faculty members from various departments.

Graduate students in the College of Arts & Sciences are welcome to submit materials for the Graduate Teaching Certificate. This program is particularly relevant for all students, including those who are not an instructor of record at the time of application. The Graduate Teaching Certificate will be extended upon satisfactory fulfillment of the requisites.

The program will be available each semester with dossier submission deadlines at the end of each semester. Dossier materials will be evaluated by two members of the Graduate Teaching Certificate review committee. The committee chairperson will make the final decision, Pass/Fail/Revise, based upon the reviewers’ recommendations.

Advanced Graduate Teaching Certificate

The Advanced Graduate Teaching Certificate places a particular emphasis on recognizing the teaching skills and high level of reflection on teaching approaches of the applicant.

The advanced certificate is available for graduate students in the College of Arts & Sciences who are appointed as instructors of record at the time of application. Students attend workshops and compile a dossier, and earning this certificate indicates that the recipient has worked toward a deeper level of professional training and has achieved exemplary teaching skills.

The Advanced Graduate Teaching Certificate will be extended upon satisfactory fulfillment of the requisites. The program will be available each semester with dossier submission deadlines at the end of each semester. Dossier materials will be evaluated by two members of the Advanced Graduate Teaching Certificate review committee. The committee chairperson will make the final decision, Pass/Fail/Revise, based upon the reviewers’ recommendations.

Rules Governing Dossier Review

A decision of Pass is based on the quality of a dossier that adheres to the guidelines delineated in the requisites and rubrics and fulfills all the content and formatting requirements.

A decision of Revise requires the candidate to substantially address all of the reviewers’ comments and requirement recommendations before the deadline. This Revise alternative allows candidates to reflect on and improve substandard performance. The candidate may submit the revised portfolio only once, and may do so on a later date. Candidates should keep in mind that the program is being piloted during AY 2016-17 and not guaranteed during subsequent years.

A decision of Fail can result from a poorly constructed dossier that does not meet the guidelines or shows evidence of unsatisfactory teaching skills. Following from the same reasoning, a decision of Fail is final for that semester. Candidates are encouraged to repeat the program the following semester in order to deepen their learning. (Please note that nothing from the previous semesters will transfer.)

Graduate Teaching Certificate Requisites

Content Requisites

1. Teaching Philosophy

Candidates must submit a teaching philosophy statement describing their motivation for, and experiences with teaching as a profession. The statement should address methods used, specific activities for the classroom, how effectiveness is measured, and/or how all of this will be pursued. The document must be at least one page long. Strategies for writing a successful teaching philosophy statement, along with samples can be found online.

2. 8+ Hours of Workshops

Candidates are expected to complete a minimum of 8 workshop hours. Six of these hours are to be completed by attending the workshop series facilitated by the Faculty Learning Community. The workshops cover topics including: classroom management, creating a winning impression, pedagogy for the college classroom, time management, and micro-teaching scenarios. Workshops on how to prepare for the job market and developing an academic e-portfolio will be offered occasionally. Additional workshop hours also could be completed by attending a workshop facilitated by Academic Technologies.  

3. Class Observation

Candidates are required to observe two classes in their field of study, and one class in a non-related field. The observed lectures must be delivered by experienced faculty members or experienced TAs. The candidate will complete a standard observation report for each class observed. Observation forms are available here.

4. Teaching Demonstration (videotaped)

Candidates will provide at least 15 minutes of unedited video of the candidate teaching. If the candidate is not currently teaching, he or she must make arrangements to give a guest lecture/invited lecture/similar and submit a video of this event.

5. Reflection on Basic Certificate Requirements

Candidates are required to submit a written reflection on what they have learned throughout the certification process and how this knowledge has impacted their teaching. If candidates are not teaching in their department, they should describe instead how they will incorporate the knowledge and imagine applying it to their future teaching. The Reflection must be 5 pages minimum and 7 maximum.

Formatting Requisites

  1. The dossier should include the cover page (provided).
  2. The dossier should include the attendance sheet to the workshops signed by the facilitators.
  3. All materials must be typed, double-spaced, 1-inch margin, font Times New Roman, size 12.
  4. All materials (documents and video) should be uploaded to Box; documents should be uploaded in pdf file format.
  5. It is expected that all written materials are properly edited for spelling and grammar. Carelessly written documents will be deemed unacceptable and will almost certainly result in the need for revising and resubmitting.

Deadlines

These deadlines are for the Graduate Teaching Certificate and the Advanced Graduate Teaching Certificate:

  • Dossier deadline: Last day of Week 13 by 5 p.m.
  • Dossier re-submission deadline: Last day of Week 14 by 5 p.m.

Advanced Graduate Teaching Certificate Requisites

All TAs/graduate students who are appointed as an instructor of record are welcome to submit materials for the Advanced Graduate Teaching Certificate. The Advanced Graduate Teaching Certificate will be extended upon fulfillment of all the requisites. It will be available each semester with a submission deadline at the end of each semester.

Content Requisites

1. Teaching Philosophy

Candidates must submit a teaching philosophy statement describing their motivation for, and experiences with teaching as a profession. The statement should address methods used, specific activities for the classroom, how effectiveness is measured, and/or how all of this will be pursued. The document must be at least one page long. Strategies for writing a successful teaching philosophy statement, along with samples can be found online.

2. 8+ Hours of Workshops

Candidates are expected to complete a minimum of 8 workshop hours. Six of these hours are to be completed by attending the workshop series facilitated by the Faculty Learning Community. The workshops cover topics including: classroom management, creating a winning impression, pedagogy for the college classroom, time management, and micro-teaching scenarios. Workshops on how to prepare for the job market and developing an academic e-portfolio will be offered occasionally. Additional workshop hours also could be completed by attending a workshop facilitated by Academic Technologies.  

3. Class Observation

Candidates are required to observe two classes in their field of study, and one class in a non-related field. The observed lectures must be delivered by experienced faculty members or experienced TAs. The candidate will complete a standard observation report for each class observed. Observation forms are available here.

4. Teaching Demonstration (videotaped)

Candidates will provide at least 15 minutes of unedited video of the candidate teaching. If the candidate is not currently teaching, he or she must make arrangements to give a guest lecture/invited lecture/similar and submit a video of this event.

5. Reflection on Basic Certificate Requirements

Candidates are required to submit a written reflection on what they have learned throughout the certification process and how this knowledge has impacted their teaching. If candidates are not teaching in their department, they should describe instead how they will incorporate the knowledge and imagine applying it to their future teaching. The Reflection must be 5 pages minimum and 7 maximum.

6. Student Evaluations

Candidates should submit student evaluations for at least two classes that they have taught. Candidates can include evaluations from other institutions as long as an explanation of the scalar measure is provided. Only evaluations that are no more than a year old are accepted.

7. A Reflection on TA’s Own Teaching

Candidates must submit a detailed assessment of their teaching style; this reflection should address the candidate’s strengths and weaknesses and include a response/analysis of the student feedback.

8. Letters of Support

Candidates will elicit a letter of support from the TA coordinator in their department, as well as a letter of support from their academic adviser.

The letter from the TA coordinator should include a formal assessment of the candidate’s teaching skills based on an in-class observation (either an ad hoc observation or an observation that has been recently conducted) containing the following elements:

  1. Delivery and originality of the lesson
  2. Classroom management
  3. Ability to work collegially with fellow TAs and supervisor, etc.
  4. If available, commentary on the candidate's student evaluations (can be mid-semester).

The letter from the TA academic adviser should include a formal assessment of the candidate’s performance in the academic program and must include the following elements:

  1. A description of the candidate’s academic standing, achievements, and future goals.
  2. A discussion of the candidate’s current GPA and any clarification of subpar grades that the advisor could deem enlightening.
  3. If applicable, a discussion of research projects, conference presentations, publications, creative activity, and extracurricular involvement.
9. Sample Syllabus and Lesson Plan

Candidates will submit the lesson plan that accompanies their teaching demonstration and any novel teaching materials that the candidate created or used during the lesson. Candidates must submit a syllabus that they have written for a class that they have taught, or a class that they would like to teach in the future (e.g., “my dream class”). Departmental syllabi will not be accepted.

Awards

All students who successfully complete their certificate during the 2016-17 academic year will be eligible for an award. There will be two award categories:

The AGTC Excellence in Teaching Award will be granted to three students from three different disciplines who successfully completed the AGTC certificate. Each year, five finalists will be selected (and announced) by the committee members, who will discuss and decide the recipients. While the whole dossier will be evaluated, the award will be granted with special emphasis on teaching skills.

Students receiving the AGTC Excellence in Teaching Award will be presented with a plaque and a modest monetary prize.

The GTC Award will be granted to one student who presented a GTC outstanding dossier but are not currently appointed as an instructor of record. Each year, three finalists will be selected (and announced) by the committee members, who will discuss and decide the recipients. This award will recognize the effort of a student who completed the GTC certificate and produced an outstanding dossier. Students receiving the GTC award will be presented with a plaque.

All certificates and awards will be presented to students during a ceremony held at the end of the Spring semester (date/location to be announced).

 

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