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Week of January 19, 2021

GTA Weekly Bulletin

Center for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning 

 Week of January 19, 2021

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.

Request a Spring Teaching Observation

The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) is excited to again formally announce the opportunity for Graduate Teaching Assistants to engage in teaching observations conducted confidentially by CETL’s Assistant Director and GTA Training Program Coordinator, Shelly Bayer.

Observations of teaching through the CETL are a supportive, positive, and constructive process that focus on helping GTAs identify and develop their teaching strengths.

Observations can be done in-person, via Zoom, or recorded presentations. Observations follow the Peer Observation Model and typically involve an observation followed by a one-on-one feedback session. These observations are strictly confidential between the GTA and Dr. Bayer. The primary goal of the CETL is to focus this process on teaching enhancement.

We strongly recommend scheduling an observation as soon as possible. Once a request for an observation is made, Dr. Bayer will work with you to gather information needed (syllabus, assignments, etc.) to make the process as highly effective as possible.

In order to schedule as observation please send an initial email request to ASAP. An observation is also one of the requirements of the CERTIFICATE OF COLLEGE TEACHING DEVELOPMENT – PRACTICE I certificate.


Next Week’s Events…

Teacher Training Workshop - Enhancing Your Questioning Skills     

Monday, January 25, 2021 @ 3pm @



Lunch & Learn with Dr. Praveena Kanchupati-University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 @ 12pm @



Spring 2021 Programming – It’s All Set!

The entire semester’s offerings have already been determined. Hopefully, knowing the schedule now will allow you to fully engage throughout the semester. Please refer to the attached document for programming events running January through April.


Preparing for New Semester with a Webinar Series 

Teach Those Jacks Webinar Series

Welcome to 2021! As you engage in final preparations for the spring semester we would like to provide you with a unique professional development opportunity. The CETL Teach Those Jacks webinar series provides short, on-demand professional development opportunities. For our first, episode, we are joined by Provost Dennis Hedge as he reflects on the fall semester and looks ahead to the spring semester. Additional episodes in the Teach Those Jacks series focus on teaching and learning topics from the staff of the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. We have identified topics of relevance to teaching and learning in our unique COVID environment and hope to offer tools to help enhance instruction at the university. A full listing of episodes, along with links, can be found below. 


Conversations After Crisis

The events in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021 elicit emotions in all of us. They may leave our students with many questions and lead to difficult but critical conversations as we kick-off a new semester. The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning is committed to supporting your engagement with your students in meaningful dialogue about all perspectives involved in our country’s current topics.


Resources for Conversations after Crisis


Podcast of the Week

This week’s selection is part of the Teaching in Higher Ed Podcast series and features Michael Benitez and Meredith Flynn, both from Metropolitan State University in Denver, CO.

Meeting the Moment through Inclusive Teaching


Article of the Week

This is a special newsletter created by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Race On Campus


Certificates of College Teaching Development 

The Certificates of College Teaching Development are an excellent way to develop your teaching capacity. The initial certificate is completely accessible online and builds foundational knowledge in effective teaching. The additional two certificates are practice-based with feedback.  Earning college teaching development certificates can greatly enhance your teaching and prepare you for faculty positions in higher education. For more information refer to:

If you are interested in pursuing one or more of the certificates, please email and indicate your interest in enrollment information. 

Graduate students who have already enrolled are encouraged to continue working on the certificate requirements using the Training House website:

If you are finding some aspects of the certificate challenging to complete due to the current COVID environment, please reach out to Dr. Bayer to discuss alternative suggestions.


Self-care Resource for Graduate Students

Are you experiencing stress? Are you experiencing anxiety? The life of a graduate student is challenging, now more than ever. 

Check out this video created by three SDSU professors focused on stress, stress management, and self-care. They ask great questions, and then they provide an opportunity to practice with a couple of tools. 

Self-Care Isn’t Selfish:


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

Shelly Bayer, Ed.D. (she, her, hers)

Learner – Achiever – Discipline – Focus – Harmony

Assistant Director, Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach

Center for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning (CETL)

Briggs Library 126, Box 2115A

Brookings, SD 57007

Phone: 605-688-4085

“Be the change you wish to see in the world."