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Fall 2017 Teacher Trainings (September 11-22, 2017)

Registration is required for these trainings: you can register yourself online here. Please email with any questions. There is no cost for these trainings.

Which session is best for me?

Graduate instructors who are leading their first discussion sections should consider the “Basic Skills (Leading Discussion)” training.

GEs who are scheduled to design and teach their own courses for the first time during the 2016-2017 academic year should consider the “Teaching for the First Time as the Sole Instructor” session.

GEs who are new international graduate student instructors during the 2016-2017 academic year should consider "Teaching in the U.S. for International Graduate Students."

Full descriptions:

Basic Teaching Skills (Leading a Discussion) - choose one date

September 14, 20, 21 (two sessions available) from 9am-3pm

Sept. 14, 20, 21 are in Allen 140; second Sept. 21 session is in Allen 141.

Register here for Basic Teaching Skills

As you prepare to lead your first sections, we’ll outline strategies for leading rich class discussions, encouraging students to prepare and participate, managing your group, preparing for exams, responding to student work, promoting critical thinking, working within the context and goals of the larger course and with your faculty mentor, and inhabiting an intermediary role between student and professor--and all the potential (and potential pressure) that comes with that. We’ll consider how this teaching work will support your own academic professionalization, and how to make the most of it.

Teaching for the First Time as the Sole Instructor

Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 9:00am-noon
Allen 141
Register here for Teaching for the First Time as the Sole Instructor


Now that you’re fully at the helm, we’ll discuss how to articulate and achieve your class goals, design and sequence assignments, facilitate discussion, build classroom community, and respond to student work. We’ll consider developing and remaining in tune with a teaching philosophy, melding your research and teaching identities, and gaining satisfaction from your teaching.

Teaching Large Classes

Customized Consultations

Whether you are able to make time for the Teacher Trainings listed above or not, the Teaching Engagement Program offers one-on-one consultations to prepare you for teaching. We can help with syllabus preparation, lesson/lecture planning, grading decisions, workload issues, managing GEs and any other questions and concerns. Please contact us, to arrange a consultation.

Teaching in the U.S. for International Graduate Students

Friday, Sept. 15 from 2:30-5:00pm
Crater Lake Room South, EMU
Register here for Teaching in the U.S. for International Graduate Students


This workshop provides an overview of the challenges international graduate student instructors may face in U.S. classroom and a chance to meet and network with fellow international graduate students. Topics covered will include strategies and techniques for teaching in U.S. university classrooms, overcoming cultural and language challenges, and accessing university resources. A panel of experienced graduate student instructors will be present to share their insights. Presented by Char Heitman, Robert Elliott, and Trish Pashby, American English Institute.