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GTA Weekly Bulletin - Week of May 1, 2018

GTA Weekly Bulletin

Center for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning 

The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) weekly email bulletin features news, upcoming events, and teaching resources tailored to the teaching needs of Graduate Teaching Assistants at South Dakota State University. It is typically sent on Tuesdays.


Week of May 1, 2018

GTAs Recognized for CETL Certification Achievements

Graduate Teaching Assistants and graduate students who earned Graduate Teaching Certificates of Excellence and Graduate Teaching Certificates of Highest Excellence during the 2017-2018 academic year were officially recognized at a breakfast ceremony on Friday, April 27, 2018. Thanks to all who attended!

Dr. Katherine Bertolini, Associate Professor in Teaching, Learning, & Leadership, provided a meaningful keynote based on an experience from her first year of teaching. Her message inspired and stressed the importance of building strong teacher/student relationships and remembering that every student is a person.

This year’s ceremony honored 32 graduate students. Thirty were in attendance at the ceremony.


Recipients of the 2017-2018 Graduate Teaching Certificate of Excellence:

Abdelbaset Abdalla (Mathematics & Statistics)

Amy Abrams (Animal Science)

Nancy Awasti (Dairy & Food Sciences)

Olena Boiko (Geography)

Santosh Chapagain (Electrical Engineering)

Bikram Kumar Das (Biology & Microbiology)

Danielle Dickerson (Communication Studies)

Paul Dybedahl (Communication Studies)

Maryam Enteshari (Dairy & Food Sciences)

Natalie Howard (Communication Studies)

Ibis Iser (Chemistry & Biochemistry)

Sveltana Kurilova (Chemistry & Biochemistry)

Jennifer Kyeremateng (Chemistry & Biochemistry)

Shala Larson (Communication Studies)

Jung Wook Lee (Animal Science)

Nicholas Lorang (Communication Studies)

Florencia Magni (Geography)

Elizabeth Mills (Communication Studies)

Sumadhuri Pamarthi (Health & Nutritional Sciences)

Rikki Roscoe (Communication Studies)

Savanna Tomoson (Animal Science)

Keenan Watson (Communication Studies)

Shaina Westhoff (Plant Science)

James Young (Biology & Microbiology)

Recipients of the 2017-2018 Graduate Teaching Certificate of Highest Excellence:

Karly Ackermann (Biology & Microbiology)

Joshua Hartelt (Communication Studies)

Svetlana Kurilova (Chemistry & Biochemistry)

Florencia Magni (Geography)

Elizabeth Mills (Communication Studies)

Sumadhuri Pamarthi (Health & Nutritional Sciences)

Ashley Pikel (Communication Studies)

Eman Shams (Chemistry & Biochemistry)


For more information regarding CETL Certification see the CETL website:

Certification Requirements


Expressing Gratitude for Your Dedication

This marks the final GTA Weekly Bulletin for the 2017-2018 academic year. Thank you for your time and participation in the GTA training program this year. I’ve enjoyed sharing my passion for teaching and professional development with you. Good luck to all of you who are leaving your GTA roles at SDSU! For those of you returning to a GTA role in the fall, I am excited to continue to build the program and our relationships.

My gift to all of you . . . You Make a Difference!

Go, Big! Go, Blue! Teach those Jacks!

Shelly Bayer

Assistant Director, Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning


Future Faculty Focus – Pizza and Portfolios

Teaching Portfolio Feedback Session

Wednesday, May 2nd


Briggs 125

CETL will provide the pizza. Please provide your own beverage.

Bring one item that you plan to include in your Teaching Portfolio and receive feedback from your peers while you eat lunch. If you do not have a portfolio item prepared, come, eat, and see what items others have prepared for their teaching portfolios.

If you’ve earned the CETL Certificate of Teaching Excellence, you have a portfolio item to share – a syllabus or teaching philosophy statement would suffice.

Please register so the appropriate amount of pizza can be ordered.

To register:


Exploring Open Educational Resources

SDSU Spring Conference

May 7, 2018 – Registration Open

Location: SSU 262: Lewis and Clark

Click Here to Register!

The SDSU Center for the Enhancement of Teaching, in conjunction with the University Bookstore and Briggs Library Open Educational Resources Work Group, is excited to announce the annual SDSU Spring Conference. This year’s event will explore Open Educational Resources (OER) and the integration of OER into pedagogy.

The day will begin with a keynote presentation by Leslie Kennedy, Ed.D. who leads the Affordable Learning Solutions Initiative for the California State University System. Dr. Kennedy’s keynote will be entitled “Supporting Academic Success with Affordable Course Materials”. The Affordable Learning Solutions Initiative goal is to seek ways to provide equity and access to quality free and low-cost learning materials for all CSU students.

Following the keynote presentation, a faculty panel will share their experiences integrating Open Educational Resources into their classes, challenges they faced, and how the integration of these resources impacted learning.

The morning will conclude with an OER Course Integration Workshop allowing participants to explore potential use of OER in their courses and the discussion of challenges and solutions to integration of open education resources in their classes.

SDSU Spring Conference Schedule

SSU 262: Lewis and Clark

9:00 am – 9:50 – Keynote Presentation – Leslie Kennedy, Ed.D.

Supporting Academic Success with Affordable Course Materials

10:00 am – 10:50 pm – Faculty Panel

Hear from SDSU faculty who have utilized the Open Educational Resources in their classes and explore successes and frustrations as they made this pedagogical decision.

11:00 – 11:50 am – Open Educational Resources Course Integration Workshop

Participants will explore opportunities for integration of Open Educational Resources in their courses and discuss challenges and solutions to integration of open education resources in their classes.

 Please register by clicking here!


Professional Development Focused on Next Year’s Common Read

After careful consideration of nearly 30 nominations, campus and community members of the Common Read committee selected Padian’s novel, Wrecked, as the 2018 Common Read textThe novel offers a unique perspective into relationships and moving forward after a sexual assault takes place on a college campus.  Tackling this Common Read and a Common Conversation around sexual assault prevention and awareness is our sincere effort to help establish SDSU as an even safer community.

 The 2018 Common Read committee is offering an introductory professional development session on Thursday, May 10, 2018 from 10am – 11:30am in Wagner 114 to equip campus personnel with basic resources and facts regarding next year’s Common Read initiative. The purpose of the session will be to build understanding and knowledge regarding the selection and themes. Title IX coordinator Michelle Johnson will also share the many campus resources available to support students and the SDSU community in navigating the topic of sexual assault.  Everyone is welcome!


Professional Development This Summer

The following articles may inspire you to further your teaching development:

My Mistake Was To Not Focus On My Teaching in Graduate School

Your Greatest Competitive Advantage - Teaching Experience

CETL offers several ways for you to further your teaching abilities. Shelly Bayer, Assistant Director, is available for consultations. Email for an appointment. Also, the CETL Library has a number of teaching resources available for checkout.


Preparing Future Faculty Course Offering

To enhance your understanding of what a faculty role entails, consider enrolling in the the Preparing Future Faculty course this summer.

Course Number: GSR 592 S01

Schedule: July 30, 2018 - August 10, 2018 from 9am-11:50am

For more information:


Article of the Week

Crucial growth as a teacher takes place now. Reflecting with a growth mindset regarding your teaching abilities is beneficial to you and your future students. The following article provides a great focus for making that reflection effective. The article is written with the audience of a K-12 teacher in mind, but it can be beneficial to any teacher in any context.  Enjoy!

Transformation Begins with Reflection


Podcast of the Week

Podcast #200 from Teaching in Higher Ed Podcast focuses on how three professors have changed their minds about teaching. Tune in to their insights.

Changing Our Minds about Teaching


Conferences on Teaching and Learning

If you are looking for an opportunity to engage in professional development focused on Teaching, Learning, or the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning the following conferences are great opportunities. Contact for more information.

Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching and Learning

International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference

2018 Teaching Professor Conference