GTA Fellows Certificate Program
4 required seminars
covering the basics of the course development cycle. These seminars will
be offered at least once in the fall and once in the spring. These
seminars represent the “core curriculum” of GTA. Participants are required to answer
reflection-oriented questions regarding each seminar topic. These
reflections will be available in eCampus.
- Course Development Cycle
- Writing a Philosophy of Teaching Statement
- Writing a CV As an alternative to this workshop you may attend a consoling session with the A&M Career Center. They will be able to provide you with a form that indicates that you're taken the session. Please return this form to one of the GTA leaders to get credit for the workshop.
- Creating a Syllabus
- Attend 5 elective seminars on a variety of subjects related to teaching and higher education. These seminars will be delivered both in person (the more traditional seminar) and online. Topics will vary by semester. Participants will be required to fill out a reflection in the eCampus system for each seminar watched/attended. Additionally, it is possible to attend events put on by the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) and the Center for the Integration of Research Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) program. Different reflections will be required for these event as discussed below. Announcements for CTE and CIRTL seminars will be provided through GTA list-serv emails.
- Complete drafts of Teaching Philosophy Statement, CV and Syllabus, to be reviewed by your mentor.
- Each participant will select a mentor. The mentor should be a faculty member in any department, but should not be the participant’s advisor. Participants will meet with their mentor several times over the duration of the program to discuss various topics covered in the GTA program. In particular, mentors will review drafts of the documents mentioned in #3 and ultimately will be asked to sign off on documents submitted as part of the GTA certificate program.
- Perform 2 classroom observations, only 1 of which may be from the participant’s mentor. Participants will answer questions on e-Learning reflecting on the classroom environment, teaching methods used, and overall effectiveness of the class. .
Up to 2 of the required or elective seminars may be viewed online instead of attending the actual seminars. If the student is unable to attend due to academic or geographic considerations they may request the distance option allowing the entire program to be done remotely. For each seminar viewed online, the student will need to fill out a "Video Quiz" form in eCampus instead of the regular seminar reflection.