Developing Your Core Competency in:
Teaching and Mentoring
Teaching and mentoring are important skills to acquire and hone as they are essential to success both within academia and beyond. GradPathways partners with the Center for Educational Effectiveness to provide teacher training.
GradPathways offers engaging mentoring workshops for both mentees who would like to get the most out of mentorship and those who wish to learn how to mentor.
Workshops and Events
Winter 2020 Mentoring Workshops and Events
"Mentee Me": The Role of Mentee in Mentorship 1/23 Please Register
Courses and Programs
To develop and gain a deeper understanding, consider signing up for courses, seminars, and programs offered through GradPathways and other on and off campus units.
TA Well Being-Program 2019-2020 N/A Seminar on College Teaching Varies 2 Teach First-Year Seminars - Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars may team-teach First-Year Seminars if they partner with a faculty member. Quarterly N/A
One-on-One mentoring or specialized programming to meet your individual needs is available. Consider the following offered through GradPathways and other on and off campus units.
Gain a better understanding of your teaching skills, your time management skills, your students' involvement in your course.
The mid-quarter interview (MQI) is a method of getting anonymous feedback from your students midway through the quarter.
A videotape of your teaching is an incredibly valuable tool to help you become a clearer, more effective communicator.
Have a question about teaching? Want to brainstorm ways to make your teaching more engaging? Visit the Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) on Wednesdays to "talk teaching" with a TA Consulting (TAC) Program Fellow (https://tinyurl.com/ucd-tac). No appointment necessary for this free service available to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Fellows will focus on different topics each week, but participants are welcome to bring other teaching related questions they may have. Coffee and tea available.
Writing your statement of teaching philosophy is a crucial step toward preparing to go on the academic job market.
Community Building and Activities
Join a community or program to develop your teaching and mentorship skills:
Are you interested in learning more about evidence-based research on teaching and learning? Do you want to improve your teaching and develop strategies that lead to better learning outcomes? Do you want to build a competitive CV? Do you want to collaborate with an interdisciplinary graduate student group? If you answered YES to any of these questions, join the Graduate Teaching Community today!
Weekly Meeting Time: Tuesdays, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm (snacks provided)
First Meeting: Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Location: The Grove (formerly Surge III), Room 1352
What occurs in Graduate Teaching Community (GTC) meetings?
GTC meetings are informal, discussion-based gatherings geared toward enhancing the teaching skills of graduate student instructors. Every meeting begins by checking in on participants’ teaching practices and classroom experiences, followed by a presentation on evidence-based teaching and learning strategies facilitated by GTC participants.
What are the benefits of joining the Graduate Teaching Community?
Participants gain confidence in the classroom and a deeper understanding of learner-centered, inclusive teaching practices. Participating in the Graduate Teaching Community is also a great feature to include on a CV to demonstrate professional development in teaching. Participants will receive a certificate of participation by attending 6 out of 7 sessions, facilitating an informal discussion on a teaching and/or learning topic of their choice, and writing a brief summary of the facilitated discussion.
Click here to learn more about the Graduate Teaching Community.