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 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.

  • Our executive board and membership includes graduate students from a variety of departments and colleges at UC.
  • We encourage new and seasoned graduate assistants to attend informational and instructional workshops through recruitment at the International Conference, Graduate Student Orientation, Graduate Student Governance Association meetings, our website, and through campus-wide emails.

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.

  • Past teaching workshops include:  Get Up and Go! Preparing for Your First Teaching Assistantship at UC, Student Engagement and Classroom Management, Assessing Student Learning, Inclusive Teaching Practices, Models of Teaching Excellence, Applying What We Know About How People Learn, and Teach Me to Teach: Pedagogical Preparation Seminar.

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.

  • Though all GATE workshops help prepare participants for teaching careers, workshops that focus on professional development include: Creating an E-Portfolio and Developing and Writing Your Teaching Philosophy.
  • 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 2016-2017


Upcoming Workshops:


Please check back for our 2017-2018 workshop schedule


Previous Workshops:

August 2016 – Get Up and Go

  • Prepare for your first Teaching Assistantship at UC

September 2016  –  Student Engagement and Classroom Management

  • Develop methods to manage and engage students

October 2016 – Models of Teaching Excellence (MOTE)

  • Explore excellent teaching methodologies through demonstrationN

November 2016 – Assessing Student Learning

  • Develop unique, consistent, and effective assessments of learning

December 2016 – Teach Me to Teach (TMTT)

  • Full day pedagogical seminar, the most popular workshop!

February 2017 –  Inclusion and Diversity in the Classroom

  • Plan for and create a diverse and inclusive teaching experience

February 2017 – Capturing Your Students’ Attention

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

March 2017  – e-Portfolio Webinar

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

April 2017 – Teach Me to Teach (TMTT)

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

Register Here

You can register for any GATE workshop through Faculty Development OneStop.

All 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

To sign up for a consultation, please click here

Other Opportunities for Graduate Students


Creating a Teaching Portfolio & Teaching Philosophy (Thursday, February 16th, 1:00 p.m-2:00 p.m.)

  • The Academic Writing Center’s  “Creating a Teaching Portfolio and Teaching Philosophy” graduate writing workshop will focus on the written components of teaching portfolios – the teaching philosophy and summaries/rationales of portfolio sections.  It will cover both the content and structure of effective teaching philosophies, as well as strategies for summarizing and synthesizing information for rationales. To register for the workshop, please visit:

Donuts and Development (Thursday, February 23rd, 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.)

  • This event will provide graduate students with a one-stop shop to visit representatives from various professional development groups, offices, and courses across the university. Stop by to grab some free breakfast and coffee and hear about opportunities for preparing for the job search, teaching preparation, writing guidance, diversity & inclusion events, and more. To learn more about this development opportunity, visit:

GATE Members 2016-2017


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.