Events for Graduate Students
Details about this semester's workshops are coming soon!
In order to ensure that the Center for Teaching Excellence provides sufficient materials and refreshments for all participants, registration is required for all workshops listed below. To Register, please call 412-396-5177 or email CTE (email@example.com). Online registration will be available soon.
For Spring 2014 archived events, click here.
Introductory Session: Certificate of University Teaching
Hosts: Michael McGravey, Rachel Luckenbill, and Erin Rentschler (CTE)
Date: Tuesday, September 9, 3:00-4:00
Location: 613 Union
The Center for Teaching Excellence is delighted to introduce the Certificate of University Teaching, a non-credit program which provides an excellent opportunity for graduate students to document their college teaching in preparation for faculty careers.
Please attend this informational session to learn more about the certificate, ask any questions that you may have, and enroll in the program!
Workshop Series: Landing an Academic Job
Landing an academic job requires skills beyond your scholarly preparation. Give yourself an edge in the market by attending workshops that will help you prepare. Learn how to write an outstanding cover letter and CV, compose a teaching philosophy, document your teaching experience, and interview with confidence.
Preparing the CV, Cover Letter, and Research Statement
Facilitated by Rachel Luckenbill and Michael McGravey (CTE)
As a Teaching Assistant who aspires to land a job within academia, you will want to attend this workshop! Your cover letter and curriculum vitae are your first point of contact with future academic employers. Come and learn about creating an outstanding CV and cover letter for entry-level teaching positions.
New for this year, CTE will offer advice on constructing a relevant Research Statement, intent on conveying your research interests and road-map. This too can add to your application portfolio as you offer a first impression to your potential, academic employer.
Writing a Philosophy of Teaching
Presenters: Michael McGravey and Rachel Luckenbill (CTE)
Time and Date: Wednesday, October 8, 3:00 - 4:30pm
Increasingly, search committees are asking faculty candidates to provide a statement of their teaching philosophy. At first, this can be a little frightening. It s an opportunity, however, to think through the beliefs in which you ground your teaching practices, and to be prepared for both the written and oral aspects of the academic job search.
Come and discover:
• What is a statement of teaching Philosophy?
• Why is it so important?
• How can you go about writing one?
This will be a practical workshop! You will leave with sample statements of teaching philosophies, useful exercises to help you write your own, and confidence to discuss your teaching philosophy with perspective employers.
Developing a Teaching Portfolio
Presenters: Michael McGravey and Rachel Luckenbill (CTE)
Time and Date: Thursday, October 16, 3:00 - 4:30pm
Research institutions hire fewer than 10% of available PhDs. The vast majority of hires are in institutions that emphasize classroom teaching. The creation of a teaching portfolio will give you the edge on showing yourself as a person who values excellence in teaching.
Please bring with you the following items: example syllabus, example test and/or handout, and a draft philosophy of teaching statement (if you have one).
Book Study: Teaching What You Don't Know by Therese Huston
Led by Rachel Luckenbill, Instructional Consultant for TAs (Center for Teaching Excellence)
This two-part book study provides a toolbox for college instructors preparing to teach a new course or new material, or for newer teachers who might feel like "imposters." Huston provides strategies for gauging students' understanding, reaching unresponsive students, maintaining discussion, and dealing with tough questions. "Original, useful, and hopeful, this book reminds you that teaching what you don't know, to students whom you may not understand, is not just a job. It's an adventure" (author summary).
Participants will receive a free copy of the book in exchange for participation in both of the discussion sections.
Part One: TBD
Part Two: TBD
Location: 20 Chatham Square
Pizza or refreshments will be served!
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Duquesne University Counseling Center
Graduate Student Support Group
For All Graduate Students:
The University Counseling Center will be offering a Graduate Student Support group, which will meet every other Monday from 1:15 to 2:45 p.m. starting on February 24 and running throughout the spring 2014 semester. This group will focus on common stressors that graduate students experience, providing students with the opportunity to give and receive support, and collectively generate effective and realistic solutions to the challenges associated with graduate school. Topics to be addressed may include dealing with procrastination, motivation, and balancing multiple life responsibilities. This group will be facilitated by a licensed psychologist, and requires confidentiality among all participants.
If interested in talking with the facilitator to see if this group may be helpful to you, please call the University Counseling Center at 412-396-6204.
Anxiety Management Group
The University Counseling Center will be offering an Anxiety Management Group for the spring 2014 semester, which will meet weekly on Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., for approximately 6 weeks. This group is open to all undergraduate and graduate students. This will be a semi-structured group that focuses on managing the most common concerns that students face in relation to anxiety. Topics will include managing worry, panic, test anxiety, and time management, among others. Students will also learn relaxation exercises and mindfulness techniques to help cope with these issues. The group will also provide time for open discussion. Discussing anxiety with one another allows members to feel more connected to the group, less lonely in their struggle with anxiety, and it can help to decrease feelings of anxiety or social anxiety. This group will be facilitated by two therapists and requires confidentiality among all participants.
If you are interested in talking with the facilitators to see if this group may be helpful to you, please call the University Counseling Center at 412-396-6204.
Interactive Group Therapy
The University Counseling Center is offering a Connections group for the spring 2014 semester, which will meet weekly on Monday from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. This group is open to all undergraduate and graduate students. This group will provide members an opportunity to give and receive support, as well as focus on how members interact with each other. This unstructured process group works from the group microcosm theory that states that the conscious and unconscious ways members interact with each other in group is representative of how they relate with others in general. As members interpersonal styles and patterns emerge in group, members will gain insight into their conscious and unconscious patterns of interacting and relating with others, and have opportunities to practice relating in new, effective ways with other group members. This group would be beneficial for any student feeling generally unfulfilled or dissatisfied in their relationships or in the ways they typically interact with or perceive others. This group will be co-facilitated by two therapists, and requires confidentiality among all participants.
If interested in talking with the facilitators to see if this group may be helpful to you, please call the University Counseling Center at 412-396-6204.