Graduate Association for Teaching Enhancement
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.
Get Up and Go! Preparing for your Teaching Assistantship at UC
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
8:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Langsam Library Digital Commons (back of the 4th floor near CET&L)
So you’ve been given your Teaching Assistantship and maybe a syllabus for the course or an email from the faculty member teaching the course. Now what?! Up your teaching game and get off to a good start. Join the Graduate Association for Teaching Enhancement (GATE) for a half-day workshop that will provide you with tips and tricks that can be easily implemented from the first day of class onward. This workshop is designed to help graduate Teaching Assistants (TAs) enhance the learning environment for their students, develop classroom management strategies, and consider what it means to be a TA outside of the classroom.
By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Construct a plan to prepare for being a Teaching Assistant
2. Identify and use inclusive teaching strategies, active learning strategies, and classroom management techniques
3. Discuss a Teaching Assistant's role outside the classroom
4. Develop strategies to achieve a work-life balance while being a Teaching Assistant
Stay tuned for future GATE workshops!
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!
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 Membership Levels
If you would like to be a member of GATE, we offer different membership levels based on your level of involvement in planning and facilitating workshops. We've also included example statements for your CV to showcase your experience as a member of GATE.
Attend monthly planning meetings and workshops as time permits. At a minimum, attend one meeting and workshop per semester.
On your CV:
Member of the Graduate Association for Teaching Enhancement, University of Cincinnati
Participated in a pedagogical-focused graduate student-led group by attending planning meetings and interactive workshops on teaching effectiveness. Developed an awareness and appreciation for pedagogy and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning while networking with fellow graduate students.
Attend monthly planning meetings and workshops as time permits. At a minimum, attend two meeting and co-facilitate two workshops per semester.
On your CV:
Co-Facilitator within the Graduate Association for Teaching Enhancement, University of Cincinnati
Actively participated in a pedagogical-focused graduate student-led group by designing and facilitating interactive workshops on teaching effectiveness. Developed an awareness and appreciation for pedagogy and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning while networking with fellow graduate students. Gained skills in public speaking and workshop facilitation.
Plan and attend monthly planning meetings and workshops as time permits. At a minimum, attend all meetings and co-facilitate two workshops per semester.
On your CV:
Officer of the Graduate Association for Teaching Enhancement, University of Cincinnati
Led a pedagogical-focused graduate student-led group by designing and facilitating interactive workshops on teaching effectiveness. Developed an awareness and appreciation for pedagogy and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning while networking with fellow graduate students. Gained skills in public speaking, workshop facilitation, and leadership.
Assistant Director of CET&L
GATE Faculty Mentor
Romance Languages and Literatures
Pieter-Jan (PJ) Van Camp
Ayesha Casie Chetty