Participating in a panel at the Winter GSI Teaching Orientation. Photo Credit: Pamela Fisher

Participating in a panel at the Winter GSI Teaching Orientation. Photo Credit: Pamela Fisher

In addition to my work as a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI), I proudly served as a Graduate Teaching Consultant  (GTC) with the University of Michigan’s Center for Research on Learning and Teaching. Between January 2012 and May 2015, I facilitated more than 10 workshops and worked with more than 50 individual GSIs from across the university, including instructors in the humanities, social sciences, and STEM fields. As a GTC, I offered professional development for other graduate student instructors both before and during the academic year. You can read more about why I valued the Graduate Teaching Consultants program here.

As a part of the Graduate Student Instructor Teaching Orientations, I have facilitated workshops on a variety of topics, including:

  • Getting Started:  Designing Syllabi and Preparing the First Day
  • Leading Discussion in the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Assessing Student Writing
  • Grading Policies:  An Assessment How-to (for CRLT-Engineering)

Individual consultation services include:

  • Classroom observations
  • Mid-term student feedback consultations
  • One-to-one consultations to review Teaching Philosophy statements and student course evaluations
  • One-to-one consultations on curriculum design and classroom management techniques

As part of CRLT’s collaboration with the UofM’s English Language Institute, I also had the privilege of working with international graduate students as they acclimate to the culture of teaching and learning in the United States. I facilitated practice teaching opportunities and reflection sessions designed to help international graduate students develop pedagogical strategies and a linguistic repertoire for creating interactive classrooms.