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.
Join our mailing list to receive updates about GATE activities. Write to: gateatuc@gmail.com
  • If you are interested in joining GATE to help create, strengthen, and facilitate new and existing workshops and seminars, contact us at gateatuc@gmail.com.

Summer 2014 meetings: Wednesdays, 2:00–3:00 pm, at CET&L, room 480D (Langsam Library), on the following dates: June 18, July 9, July 23, Aug 6, Aug 20. All GATE members are required to attend.

Our Group

GATE founders: Lori Gresham, Annie Schmidt, Julie Weast

GATE members 2014-2015: Daniel Dale (Literature), 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), Bela Kashyap (History), Matteo Magarotto (Musicology, GA - CET&L), 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


Upcoming workshops and seminars: Summer 2014

Get Up and Go! Preparing for Your First Teaching Assistantship at UC

So you’ve been given your teaching assignment for 2014-2015, and maybe a syllabus. Now what?! Up your teaching game and get off to a good start: Join us for a half-day workshop that will provide you with tricks and trades that can be easily implemented from the first day of class onward. This workshop is designed to help graduate teaching assistants (TAs) save time and energy, and enhance the learning environment for them and their students.

Program Overview

  • Preparation and Setting the Tone for your Class
  • Teaching Approaches
  • The Inclusive Classroom
  • Classroom Management
  • Encouraging Student Motivation
  • Tips for Being a Successful TA
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Interaction with Students and Faculty
  • Resources for TAs

Dates and Times

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
8:30am--12:30pm (sign-in begins at 8:00am)
REC center, room 3200

Monday, August 18, 2014
8:30am--12:30pm (sign-in begins at 8:00am)
REC center, room 3200

Registration will open soon!

More about our workshops

Below is a list of our main programs, as offered in the academic year 2013-2014. In the upcoming year 2014-2015 we will present most or all of these programs again (with possible updates) as well as others. Stay tuned during the year for announcements!

  • Do you have suggestions for particular topics you would like us to address? Write to gateatuc@gmail.com.

TEACH ME TO TEACH: Pedagogical Preparation Seminar

It is common for graduate students to assume the role of instructor or teaching assistant; however, they often do so with little or no formal training. In this day-long workshop, participants will be involved in hands-on activities designed to improve their teaching effectiveness and inform them about innovative pedagogical methods. The goal of this workshop is to provide current and soon-to-be teaching assistants and instructors with the skills and critical understanding necessary to enhance student learning.

Program Overview

  • Pedagogy and Teaching Preparation
  • Course Outcomes and Organization
  • Setting the Tone in your Class
  • Tips for Being a Successful TA
  • Undergraduate Student Panel: Candid feedback
  • Your First Faculty Position: What to expect
  • Suggestions for reading
Fall 2013: Wednesday, December 11, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Spring 2014: Tuesday, April 21, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Fall 2014: TBD; Spring 2015: TBD

Developing Your Teaching Philosophy & Creating an ePortfolio

Need to prepare for your job search in the fall? Get the ball rolling with GATE’s two-part workshop!

A Teaching Philosophy is a vital component of your academic application package.  It essentially reflects your beliefs, values and practices in teaching. And where’s a better location to house your convincingly effective philosophy than in an impressive online portfolio? An ePortfolio is a one-stop-shop to showcase your teaching (and other scholarly work) online!

This 1.5 hour workshop will guide you through the process of articulating a strong Teaching Philosophy and creating a compelling ePortfolio with solid examples and feedback from professionals.  This workshop will take place in a computer lab, but you may bring your own laptop if you prefer.

We strongly encourage you to bring your budding ideas or a rough draft of your Teaching Philosophy and ePortfolio!

Program Outcomes

After completing the Philosophy of Teaching portion of the workshop, you will be able to:

  • Identify ways to clearly articulate a Philosophy of Teaching
  • Build a basic framework for writing a Philosophy of Teaching

After completing the ePortfolio portion of the workshop, you will be able to:

  • Describe benefits of having an ePortfolio
  • Describe a set of models and concepts for how to design ePortfolios
  • Identify ways material is typically showcased in ePortfolios
  • Develop a basic ePortfolio using an electronic platform (e.g. Web 2.0, Word Press)
Spring 2014: Tuesday, March 25, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
2014-2015: TBD

Models of Teaching Excellence

As a graduate assistant or instructor, you may be looking for explicit teaching models—concrete examples of “how to teach” that can inspire and inform your pedagogy. This two-hour workshop offers precisely that: you will “attend” two short classes in different subjects, taught by exemplary educators, UC Professors Jason Heikenfeld (Engineering) and Matthew Peattie (Music History). Following “class,” each professor will discuss his teaching philosophy, allowing you to draw inspiration for new approaches and activities in your own teaching and disciplinary field. Good teaching methods are, in fact, transferable. By witnessing excellent pedagogical strategies first-hand, as if you were the student, you will be in the ideal position to recognize their effectiveness.

Program Outcomes

After completing this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Identify strengths and weaknesses in your own teaching through critical reflection
  • Identify effective teaching methods based on the models provided
  • Recognize the benefits of a learner-centered approach to instruction
Spring 2014: Tuesday, February 11, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
2014-2015: TBD

Writing Across the Curriculum

When students practice writing—in any disciplinary curriculum—they better assimilate course material and more easily develop critical thinking skills. This Writing Across the Curriculum workshop will provide instructors with tools to design rhetorical writing exercises that will enhance their students' learning. It will also help instructors articulate strong connections between reading and writing assignments. (The workshop is a revised and more interactive version of the program that was offered last fall.)

Program outcomes

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the interconnection between reading and writing within their discipline.
  • Rhetorically analyze writing (articles and textbook passages).
  • Integrate different rhetorical writing principles into course material of any discipline.
Spring 2014: Wednesday, April 9, 2:00 - 3:30 pm
2014-2015: TBD