Welcome to UCAT’s Graduate Teaching Development page! This page was created to provide you with some important resources that will help enhance teaching and provide support for GTAs (TA) at The Ohio State University.

If there is any information or questions you would like answered that is not present on this page, please contact us.

Developmental Support

Department-Level Support for TAs

For TAs or TA coordinators working with teachers in your department, provided is information about ongoing programs and funding opportunities to help develop and enrich your existing TA program.

Consultation Services

UCAT staff are happy to work with with representatives of committees, departments, schools, or colleges to discuss teaching related issues. To schedule a consultation with one of our teaching consultants, please contact ucat@osu.edu.

Grants and Awards in Support for Ongoing TA Development

Seed Grants for TA Program Enhancement at Ohio State

Five seed grants of $10000 each are available to develop or enhance TA programs within departments, schools, colleges, or consortia of units.

OSTEP Graduate Teaching Fellows

Units may nominate a senior TA to the Ohio State Teaching Enhancement Program’s Graduate Teaching Fellows (GTF) community, which gives the selected nominee the chance to learn about providing teaching support for other TAs in their respective unit, and further develop year-long programming for the nominating department.

University Departmental Awards for Exemplary TA Programs

The University Departmental Awards for Exemplary TA Programs are presented to two departments that demonstrate exemplary achievement in providing outstanding prior preparation and significant ongoing support to their TAs for their teaching roles.

Bringing It Home

In an effort to link the general to the discipline-specific, UCAT offers the “Bringing It Home” program. If you organize a program about teaching for your TAs, UCAT wants to assist your efforts. Whether you are starting a new initiative or would like additional support for an existing program, we can hire one of your own graduate associates to work with your orientation ($150). We can also contribute a little funding (up to $75) for refreshments. This year, UCAT’s 2014 orientation for TAs (and new faculty) will take place August 19–21. Programs offered any time throughout summer and autumn quarters are eligible for funding, as long as they have some element of a teaching orientation in them. “Bringing it Home” funds can support up to 20 departments, so if you are interested, please email your proposal to one of the points of contact (below) as soon as possible. We will make decisions on a rolling basis as the proposals are received. Each proposal must include:

  • A tentative agenda for the program
  • A faculty/staff contact person
  • The names of TAs involved in planning/presenting the event (we can split the $150 between multiple TAs, if you prefer)
  • A brief written description of how this program meets the orientation needs of your TAs

We would be happy to answer any questions or to help you or your TAs plan this program. Please feel free to call UCAT (614-292-3644) or email Phil Edwards (edwards.1265@osu.edu) to discuss your plans.

Teaching Tools and Resources

Teaching Tools and Resources

For TAs or TA coordinators looking for teaching tips, types of assessments, or policies in place at Ohio State, provided are various resources you might find useful as you navigate your teaching role.

Teaching Assistant Handbooks

Teaching at Ohio State — Handbook

This handbook is designed to help teachers with important information and tips about teaching at The Ohio State University. Feel free to use it as a central resource for your department, as well as TAs and faculty. Subjects include student learning, course preparation, using technology in the classroom, and assessing student performance and many others.

Other Institutions’ Teaching Handbooks

Peruse some of the existing teaching handbooks created by other institutions’ teaching and learning centers.

International TA and Instructor Resources

Teaching at Ohio State Handbook for International TAs and Faculty at Ohio State

This chapter of the Ohio State teaching handbook provides information on cross-cultural issues specific to the needs of international faculty and TAs at Ohio State.

Ohio State University’s Spoken English Program and the Office of International Affairs offer many resources for International TAs.

University Policies and Procedures

As a TA or as someone who works closely with TAs in your department, you should be aware of certain OSU policies regarding undergraduate and graduate students, particularly academic expectations. Please click on the links below to find specific information on a few issues you might be exposed to as a teacher and a TA coordinator.

Assessment of Teaching for TAs

There are many ways to get feedback on your teaching at Ohio State. Depending on your department, you may have the opportunity to be reviewed by your peers or by a course coordinator. However, if you are seeking for additional ways to gather student feedback, below are a few good places to get you started. If you would like to discuss SEI scores, departmental feedback, or if you are looking for general ways to improve your teaching, please see the information on UCAT’s Consultation Services below in “TA Training.”

Feedback on Your Instruction (FYI)

FYI is an online system that allows teachers at Ohio State to generate their own student feedback forms that can be administered at any time during the term. FYI can be useful if you want to gather student feedback early or during mid-term, so that you can make changes to the course.

Student Evaluation of Instruction (SEI)

SEI is Ohio State’s official, online, end-of-term student feedback form that is used by the majority of departments on campus. For information, please visit the following links:

Small Group Instructional Diagnosis (SGID)

If you are a TA looking for an effective way to gather student feedback, you may want to consider doing a SGID with one of our consultants. Instead of waiting until the end of the semester, one of our staff can visit your classroom and get direct feedback from your students part-way through the term. This allows you to make any changes or to improve the way you pursue teaching in the classroom. To schedule a SGID, contact us to schedule a confidential consultation.

TA TrainingTA Training

For TAs looking to get involved in events, orientation, or to meet with one of our consultants, here you can find information on other ways to enhance your teaching repertoire.

Events

UCAT hosts several workshops, forums, and seminars on a variety of issues concerning college teaching and learning. In addition, our center collaborates with colleges, campuses, and departments to develop events specifically tailored to meet the needs of that unit. You will find the descriptions, times, locations and registration information for each session at Events on Teaching.

UCAT-Designed Workshops

In addition to facilitating university–wide events, UCAT will work with TAs who are interested in having specific workshops facilitated in their departments. We can develop events that are tailored specifically to meet your teaching needs.

To view a list of former UCAT events or to get some ideas of potential workshops you would like us to facilitate for you click here.

Additionally, if you would like to talk about developing an event especially for you and your teaching colleagues or TAs, we are happy to assist you. Provided here is a list of previous workshop topics that have been facilitated by UCAT for specific departments or units., including Discussion, Active Learning, Collaborative Learning, Large Classes, and other subjects.

Consultation Services

At UCAT, our professional teaching consultants are available to discuss any aspect of your teaching, such as designing courses, enhancing classroom techniques, developing course materials, and documenting teaching effectiveness. We work closely with TAs to take a scholarly approach to teaching, informed by research and based on the process of asking questions, gathering data, and planning responses, much like what you do in your discipline. In many cases, we will work together during an initial consultation to choose among several possible methods for gathering feedback. We will then meet afterwards to analyze that feedback and plan how to respond to it. Examples of ways we might gather feedback include the following:

Small Group Instructional Diagnosis (SGID)

If you are a TA looking for an effective way to gather student feedback, you may want to consider doing a SGID with one of our consultants. Instead of waiting until the end of the semester, one of our staff can visit your classroom and get direct feedback from your students part-way through the term. This allows you to make any changes or to improve the way you pursue teaching in the classroom. To schedule a SGID, contact us at ucat@osu.edu to schedule a confidential consultation.

Feedback Surveys

Our consultants can help you construct midterm or end-of-term course instruments that can be tailored to your course objectives. We also have a variety of sample forms suggesting items and formats that can be adapted towards your needs. Once we have constructed and administered an instrument, we can also help assist with interpretation of responses to your custom-designed feedback instrument, or even the SEI.

Classroom Observations

If you are considering having an outside party come and observe you and your students, one of the UCAT consultants is happy to meet with you initially to discuss the classroom observation process, and how it might help improve or provide feedback on your teaching.

Video-Recorded Observations

If you would like to see what your teaching and/or student interactions look like, UCAT is willing to conduct a video-recorded observation of your classroom. While it may sound daunting to be video-taped, this is a great opportunity for you to meet with us and see exactly what kind of teaching persona you exhibit, and how you might come across to your students.

Teaching Statements and Teaching Portfolios

For documenting teaching efforts, one of the UCAT consultants can also assist in constructing or revising your Statement of Teaching Philosophy (also called a Teaching Statement or Teaching Philosophy Statement) or a teaching portfolio. Teaching portfolios are a useful way for faculty and TAs to not only document teaching, but also reflect on areas for growth. If you are on the job market you may be required to submit one or both of these items to a search committee. Typically a consultant will first meet to discuss your reasons for preparing a portfolio, the areas of the teaching process that will be examined, the kinds of information to be collected, and how these materials will be analyzed and presented. Subsequent meetings can be set up as needed to discuss presentation of such components as philosophy of teaching and goals, teaching responsibilities, representative course syllabi, teaching evaluation instruments, and course development or teaching improvement efforts. The consultant will also assist in the review and organization of materials to be included in a teaching portfolio that represents solid evidence of your teaching responsibilities and effectiveness.

If you are interested in meeting with one of our consultants, please contact UCAT at 614-292-3644, or email us at ucat@osu.edu.

Teaching Orientation Resources

UCAT Teaching Orientation

New and returning TAs as well as new faculty are welcome and encouraged to attend UCAT’s three day teaching orientation. You will learn about teaching and learning and how to overcome challenges teaching at Ohio State. Various workshops led by experienced and many award-winning TAs will provide you with useful tools and suggestions you can take with you into the classroom.

Videos and other Downloads about Teaching

Orientation Facilitators Information

Each year, UCAT facilitates Ohio State’s university-wide teaching orientation; however, in order to help train new TAs UCAT hires facilitators to be in charge of the many different sessions offered during orientation. If you would like to be involved with the teaching orientation, and would like to interact with other experienced TAs, as well as incoming teachers from all across the globe, please feel free to contact us. Also pay attention to emails from your department during spring semester, when we start looking for our new facilitators for the next orientation!

Sample Orientation Agendas

If you want to create or build upon your own departmental orientation, we have provided you with sample orientation agendas that are used each year during UCAT’s University-wide orientation sessions. If you would like additional resources or documents, please contact us.

Professional Development

Professional Development

For TAs who want to get involved in additional programs or projects, search for jobs, or read up on pedagogy, select this tab to learn what you can do to further your professional development as a teacher.

Engaging with Other TAs About Teaching

Starting Teaching Associates’ Resource Group (STAR)

STAR provides a venue for all first and second-year TAs at Ohio State to socialize with, learn from, encourage, and grow alongside each other, while at the same time making available all of the resources and support offered by UCAT and its graduate consultants.

Ways to Enhance Your Teaching

Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in College Teaching (GIST)

The GIST is one of Ohio State’s interdisciplinary specializations, focused on College and University teaching, and provides graduate students the opportunity to further develop expertise outside of their primary discipline. A GIST participant completes a selection of desired courses focused on learning, teaching practice, pedagogy and other educational topics in addition to pursuing his/her graduate degree.

GIST courses are open to all graduate students, therefore you have the option of taking any of the GIST courses for your own personal development without enrolling in the program. Some recommended courses include:

EPL 7403: Motivation in Learning and Teaching — Engages in an analysis of the research and theory surrounding motivation to learn in academic settings.

EPL 7404: College Teaching — Focuses on general pedagogical skills, strategies, and issues common to university teaching.

EPL 6403: Applied Ethics for Teachers – Introduces the ethical analysis of teaching by exploring and confronting dilemmas related to the teaching profession.

EPL 8410: Ethical Problems in Education — Examines prominent ethical issues in higher education, particularly those related to educational policies and practices.

Preparing Future Faculty Program (PFF)

The Preparing Future Faculty program (PFF), administered through the Graduate School, offers Ohio State graduate students the opportunity to experience first-hand the unique challenges and rewards of an academic career at a smaller college or university. The signature feature of the PFF Program is an arranged mentorship with a faculty member at one of Ohio’s leading liberal arts colleges or state universities.

Graduate Teaching Fellowship (GTF) Program

The GTF program is intended for TAs who would like to serve a more invested role in TA development in their respective departments. GTF projects vary in scope and depend on the goals of the fellow as well as their department. Applications are accepted once a year and each GTF serves as a GTF for a year, or in some cases two. Click the link above to get more information about becoming a GTF.

How to (Re)Design Your Own Course

Course Design Institute (CDI)

UCAT facilitates several Course Design Institutes a year. CDIs provide participants with tools, time, and the collegial support to design or redesign an existing or a new course. Participants can enroll in any of our term break sessions, which are held every day for five weeks. Other sessions are held during respective terms, allowing participants to meet for a total of 15 hours over five weeks. TAs are welcome to apply for a CDI to help them prepare or revise a course they are teaching, or plan to teach in the future.

Working With UCAT to Support TA Development

UCAT Graduate Consultant and Internship Opportunities

UCAT provides opportunities for experienced graduate teachers at Ohio State to become involved in TA and faculty development. As a Graduate Consultant (GC) or as a doctoral intern (for TAs who are aiming to pursue the field of faculty development), you will get the opportunity to work with other TAs in a supportive role. GCs and interns are engaged in various events and services provided by UCAT, including the University-wide teaching orientation facilitated by UCAT, teaching conferences, workshops, seminars, personal and unit consultations, program planning and scholarly research.

If you are interested in working as a graduate consultant or becoming an intern at UCAT, please contact Stephanie Rohdieck at rohdieck.1@osu.edu for future consideration. Please note that positions are not always available, and that advertised openings depend on funding and current departmental needs.

UCAT Teaching Orientation Facilitators

Each year, UCAT facilitates Ohio State’s university-wide teaching orientation; however, in order to help train new TAs UCAT hires facilitators to be in charge of the many different sessions offered during orientation. If you would like to be involved with the teaching orientation, and would like to interact with other experienced TAs, as well as incoming teachers from all across the globe, please feel free to contact us. Also pay attention to emails from your department during spring semester, when we start looking for our new facilitators for the next orientation!

Learning about Teaching, Learning, and Pedagogy

Teaching Conferences

Ever wonder where you can learn new techniques, strategies and tools that you can use in the classroom? Outside of resources at Ohio State or in the literature (see online teaching journals link), teaching conferences will give you opportunities to expand your teaching repertoire, and to network with other teachers worldwide.

Online Teaching Journals

Links are given to several journals that will provide useful for various aspects of teaching, including teaching tips, preparing for classes, and TA/faculty development of teaching. UCAT also has a comprehensive teaching and learning library in the Younkin Center! You can check out books to help you with specific topics such as collaborative or group learning, writing, assessment techniques, and much more.

There are hundreds of educational journals specific to any discipline you may be teaching. You may want to explore these on your own online or through the OSU library. Below are three useful resources that you may find helpful for ideas on how to improve, build on, or perhaps just change up some of your teaching methods.

Planning for the Job Search

Developing a Teaching Portfolio

This site aims to provide faculty and teaching associates (TAs) with a practical and self-reflective guide to the development of a teaching portfolio.

Developing a Research Portfolio

Higher Education Job Search Websites

The websites listed below provide comprehensive searches for any job in the realm of higher education. You can search by job type (such as administrative, adjunct, tenure-track, research), academic discipline, and geographic range. Use a combination of these job search websites, as some potential opportunities are often advertised in only one place online.

Faculty Job Search Documents

Career Advice and Counseling

Career Connection: Ohio State’s Career Connection, through the Office of Student Life, provides various services to help students, including TAs, to explore career options through individual or group career counseling, or by helping clients assess the kinds of careers they might be most suited for. Career Connection also offers workshops, a special course focused on career development, and various printed resources.