Graduate Association for Teaching Enhancement (GATE)


Are you a graduate student passionate about excellence in teaching and learning? Are you hungry for professional development? Do you want to have a meaningful impact on the learning experience of your students? If so, then attend the workshops organized by the Graduate Association for Teaching Enhancement (GATE), an initiative developed by graduate students for graduate students with the support of CET&L, the Graduate School, and GSGA.

Mission: To enhance the teaching practice of graduate students by providing information, training and instruction on teaching concepts and methods with a focus on innovative pedagogies, while also offering basic career guidance and facilitating a network among graduate students who share a common vision in teaching and learning excellence.
If you are interested in joining our organization or want to receive more updates, write to us at gateatuc@gmail.com

Meetings, Fall 2014:  September 25, October 23, November 20. Time: 12:00--1:30 pm. Location: CET&L
All GATE members are required to attend.

Our Group

GATE founders: Lori Gresham, Annie Schmidt, Julie Weast

GATE members 2014-2015: Prashanth Balasubramaniam (Mechanical engineering), Maranda Campbell (Education), Debaditya Chakraborty (Engineering), Daniel Dale (English), Nimita Dave (Pharmacy, post-doc), Anna Donnell (Chemistry), Ahmed Fahad (English as second language), Kelsey Feser (Geology), Tejaswi Goparaju (Computer science, GA - CET&L), Mark R. Haase (Chemical engineering), Angelica Hardee (Health promotion, GA - CET&L), John Ige (Health promotion), Katherine Jolly (Vocal performance), Mithil Kamble (Engineering), Bela Kashyap (History), Matteo Magarotto (Musicology, GA - CET&L), Pashew Nuri (Curriculum instruction), Dunni Oluwoye (Health promotion), Ankurman Shrestha (Chemical engineering), Vignesh Subbian (Computer engineering)

Past members: Dippy Aggarwal, Laura Bachus, Sarah Cassella, Robert Chaney, Aniruddha Deshpande, Shruti Deshpande, Corey Fallon, Arvind Krishnaswamy, Simone McGaw, Peggy Shannon-Baker

Advisor: Bryan R. Smith, Assistant Director, CET&L

Faculty mentors: Wayne Hall, Jason Heikenfeld, Brian Kinkle, Kathy Koenig, Matthew Peattie

Next Workshop

Blackboard Basics

This two-hour workshop is primarily aimed at graduate teaching assistants or instructors who use Blackboard as a teaching tool. Graduate students who plan to teach in the near future are also welcome to attend. The workshop will be offered in a computer lab, where participants will be able to practice the Blackboard features directly. Registration is required.

Program Overview

  • Blackboard course templates and Quality Matters standards
  • Text editor features (announcements and other items)
  • Multimedia on the fly
  • Online grading
  • Creating assignments and SafeAssign
  • Creating quizzes and tests

Time and Location

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 / 9:00--11:00 am
(sign-in from 8:45 am)
Langsam Library, room 462 (computers provided)

Registration required through Faculty Development OneStop


Click here for a list of other upcoming workshops by GATE