This Week for Graduate Students: Teaching Orientation for Grad Students and more!

by | Aug 2, 2021

Fall 2021 Teaching Orientation for Graduate Students

CTL offers graduate student instructors orientations to learn about practical, evidence-based strategies that they can implement on the first day of class. These orientations help supplement department-based orientations and trainings. CTL orientations are open to all new teaching assistants, teaching fellows, and graduate students in an instructor role.
CTL is offering orientation materials online, available to graduate students anytime. Orientation consists of a series of five self-paced modules.

In addition to these on-demand modules, we are also offering one-hour debrief sessions with CTL staff both in-person and online in early September. These live sessions will offer opportunities to discuss module highlights, get individual feedback on policy sheets or first day of class plans, and engage in Q&A.

Job Opportunity

Call for Applications: SOLER Student Research Assistants

The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce this call for applicants for SOLER Student Research Assistants (SSRAs). Graduate (masters and doctoral) students across Columbia University are invited to apply for this paid position.

SOLER—an initiative of the Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation—is dedicated to facilitating the systematic generation of insights about teaching and learning in the context of Columbia courses and degree programs through the process of Discipline-Based Education Resear

ch (DBER). SSRAs will operate with mentorship and guidance from the SOLER leadership team and support various elements of faculty DBER projects and other SOLER efforts.

SSRAs will be hired for a period of one semester with the possibility of extension. Typical weekly commitment is 5-10 hours. Apply by Friday, August 27th at 5 pm ET. 

External publication opportunity – Exploring how we teach: Lived experiences, lessons, and research about graduate instructors by graduate instructors

This peer-reviewed collection seeks to expand on a current trend in SoTL that recognizes and values the unique perspectives of student expertise (Cook-Sather, A., Healey, M., & Matthews, K. E., 2021) by inviting graduate instructors to tell their own stories and present their own research about college teaching. The objective of this book is to create a knowledge-sharing resource that validates and amplifies the experiences and voices of graduate instructors.

Current graduate student instructors are invited to propose a chapter for this edited collection. Proposals are due August 31.