Graduate Association for Teaching Enhancement

GATE workshop

The Graduate Association for Teaching Enhancement (GATE) is a student-run organization that is supported by the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning (CET&L). The purpose of GATE is to build an interdisciplinary community of practice to enhance the graduate school experience and teaching practice of students. Through partnerships with the Graduate School and Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Program, GATE engages graduate students across disciplines who are involved in teaching assignments at the University of Cincinnati, interested in pursuing an academic teaching career, and/or passionate about excellence in teaching and learning.

GATE members facilitate interactive workshops focused on evidence-based and inclusive pedagogies, theoretical underpinnings of teaching and learning, and practical skills to improve course instruction, engagement, and assessment. In addition, GATE members offer one-on-one consultations to help graduate students with their personal teaching goals and needs.

Finally, GATE supports graduate students in bridging their graduate and professional experiences through basic career guidance, networking among graduate students and faculty, and emphasis on the relationship between scholarship and teaching. GATE members have opportunities for planning and presenting workshops, learning more about scholarship, taking on leadership roles, improving their own teaching, and building connections with other graduate students across campus.

Workshops 2017-2018


August 10, 2017 – Get Up and Go

  • Prepare for your first Teaching Assistantship at UC

September 2017  –  Student Engagement and Classroom Management (postponed)

  • Develop methods to manage and engage students

October 19, 2017 – e-Portfolio Webinar

  • Create an effective online portfolio of teaching, work, and research

November 13, 2017 – Assessing Student Learning

  • Develop unique, consistent, and effective assessments of learning

December 5, 2017 – Teach Me to Teach (TMTT)

  • Full day pedagogical seminar, the most popular workshop!

January 24, 2018  – 12:30pm-2:00pm -  Models of Teaching Excellence (MOTE)

  • Explore excellent teaching methodologies through demonstration

February 2018 – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Classroom

  • Plan for and create a diverse and inclusive teaching experience

March 2018 – Capturing Your Students’ Attention

  • Voice, body language, and visual cues to improve student learning

April 2018 – Teach Me to Teach (TMTT)

  • Full day pedagogical seminar, the most popular workshop!
Two graduate students at a GATE workshop

Workshop Registraion

You can register for any GATE or CET&L workshop through Faculty Development OneStop.

CET&L workshops open to full and part time faculty as well as graduate students! Take advantage of this excellent professional development opportunity today!

GATE Consultations


To support great graduate student teaching, GATE provides confidential, personalized consultations to graduate assistants. These consultations are voluntary. The agenda is set collaboratively by the graduate student and the consultant. Consultations will begin with your teaching and learning goals as a starting point and then provide suggestions grounded in research to help you meet these goals. 

Consultation topics are varied, but might include:

  • Balancing teaching and scholarship obligations
  • Designing, tests, quizzes, and other classroom activities
  • Strategies for effective assessment and grading
  • Techniques for managing the classroom

GATE consultants are happy to speak with you about your individual goals and needs.

Additional Opportunities for Graduate Students


Academic Writing Center

All University of Cincinnati graduate students can utilize the Academic Writing Center for writing assistance regarding their coursework and final writing experiences. They offer appointments with graduate writing tutors and their website contains several resources specifically for graduate students. The Academic Writing Center is located in Langsam 401N.

Professional Development Opportunities

There are several professional development opportunities for graduate students including preparing for the job search, teaching preparation, writing guidance, diversity & inclusion events, and more. Visit the Graduate School's website for more information about professional development resources, workshops, and events.

GATE Members



Anna Donnell

GATE Advisor

Assistant Director of CET&L

Mariah Dern

CET&L Graduate Assistant

Counseling Education

Sheva Guy

Educational Studies

Ashley Johann

Romance Languages and Literatures



GATE BGSA Welcome 2 Fall 2017

Ben Merritt represented GATE at the Fall 2017 Black Graduate Student Welcome at the AACRC!

Ben Merritt

GATE Co-President

Biological Sciences

Alexis Strake

GATE Co-President

Political Science

Pieter-Jan (PJ) Van Camp

Biomedical Informatics

Crystal Whetstone

GATE Communications

Political Science


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GATE Group photo 1
GATE Group Photo 2

From left to right: Kendra Leahy - Chemistry, Ben Merritt - Biological Sciences, Daniel Dale - English and Comparative Literature and Graduate Assistant of CET&L, Anna Donnell - Assistant Director of CET&L and GATE Advisor, Alexis Straka - Political Science, Sheva Guy - Educational Studies, Patrice Deleon - Health Promotion and Education, Sinem Toraman - Educational Studies, Crystal Whetstone - Political Science, and Alicia Boards - Educational Studies.


CET&L Contact


For information about the Graduate Association for Teaching Enhancement, please contact the GATE advisor, Anna Donnell.

Anna Donnell