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Graduate Teaching Assistant Workshop Series

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The GTA Workshop Series is created each semester based on feedback and needs indicated by Graduate Teaching Assistants. Approximately five workshops are offered per semester.

All workshops will be presented in a dynamic manner that models effective teaching strategies and allows opportunities for application and reflection. Presenters will include CETL staff, as well as SDSU faculty and SDSU graduate teaching assistants who excel in their teaching roles. All presenters will be familiar with the role GTAs play at South Dakota State University. If you are not a GTA, but a graduate student interested in teaching, you are welcome to attend!

Fall 2019 GTA Workshop Series


Graduate Teaching Assistant Workshop #1                                                

Time Management – A Mindset, Plus a Few Tricks                                                                 

Graduate students need to balance their lives to optimize success. It’s difficult due to the demands on each of their roles: student, instructor, researcher, and human. Discuss the right mindset for successful time management and learn a couple of tricks.

Thursday, September 19 (4pm-5pm) or Friday, September 20 (1pm-2pm)SBL125                      

Presenter: Dr. Shelly Bayer, Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning 

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Graduate Teaching Assistant Workshop #2                                                         

Getting Students Engaged - Keeping Students Engaged  

Build your teaching toolbox by learning quick and easy strategies that you can use to engage students the next time you step into your teaching role.                                                                                

Wednesday, October 2 (1-2pm) or Thursday, October 3 (11am-12pm) – SBL 125                         Presenter:  Dr. Sharon Vestal, Mathematics & Statistics                                                          

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Graduate Teaching Assistant Workshop #3                                                                         

Responding to Students’ Needs

Attendees will wrestle with scenarios and brainstorm solutions regarding struggling students, students with mental health challenges, and students in crisis. An experienced counselor from the SDSU Wellness Center will offer insight and suggestions throughout the discussion.                                                  

Tuesday, October 15 (4pm-5pm) or Friday, October 18 11am-12pm) – SBL 125                          Presenter: Wellness Center Counselor                                    

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Graduate Teaching Assistant Workshop #4  

Teaching While Introverted 

For those who are more introverted, teaching can be especially challenging. This session will focus on success strategies and tips that will make the classroom or lab environment a positive destination for those who are introverted or simply just a little shy.

Monday, October 28 (3pm-4pm) or Tuesday, October 29 (10am-11am) - SBL 130              

Presenters: Dr. Cydne Perry, Health and Nutritional Sciences and                                                                                          Dr. Shelly Bayer, Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning 

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Graduate Teaching Assistant Workshop #5                                                                       

An Opportunity to Learn from Experience        

Vice Provost - Academic Affairs Dr. Helling will respond to questions regarding her career path in higher education and the evolution of her teaching philosophy. This is an opportunity to gain insights and wisdom from one of the best! 

Tuesday, November 19 (4pm-5pm) or Wednesday, November 20 (1pm-2pm)     SBL 130                           

Presenter:  Dr. Mary Kay Helling, Vice Provost - Academic Affairs                                                                 

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