The mathematics department developed the GTA training program to prepare first year graduate students for their teaching responsibilities. In recent years, the program was expanded to also prepare post-docs, lecturers and instructors who are new to the Penn State Math Department. To incorporate this expansion, I use the acronym GTA+ in the link.
Although these groups comprise our primary audience, the sessions are open to everyone. We encourage anyone interested to attend.
Below is a schedule of the sessions planned. As we approach each session, we will list the title and abstract. We will also post materials from each session for future reference. Please check back often for changes.
Remember, these sessions are mandatory for first year graduate students. Attendance will be taken. There are assignments during weeks with no lecture. Graduate students are required to complete these assignments by the due date.
Schreyer Institute Workshops
If you would like to supplement your education on teaching, we highly recommend the workshops offered by the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence (abbreviated SITE). You can see a list of their workshops being offered this semester at http://tinyurl.com/grads2014fall.
Fall 2014 IOTP Lecture Schedule
Meetings take place on selected Tuesdays at 5:45pm in the Synergistic Room, 114 McAllister. Sessions last for about an hour.
The sessions are open to everyone; email announcements will be sent out prior to each session.
Food will be served at the end of each lecture.
August 26, 2014 James Sellers, Associate Head of Undergraduate Mathematics Topic: Teaching Mathematics at Penn State
September 16, 2014 Chas Brua, Research Associate and Instructional Consultant at SITE Topic: Communication in the Classroom
September 23, 2014 David Zach, Mathematics Instructor Topic: Assessing students
October 7, 2014 Larkin Hood, Research Associate and Instructional Consultant at SITE Topic: Midsemester Evaluations and Interpreting SRTEs
October 14, 2014 Jackie Bortiatynski, Senior Lecturer and Director for Excellence in ECOS Topic: Student Motivation
October 28, 2014 Andrew Baxter, Mathematics Lecturer Topic: In-Class Activities & Non-traditional Methods
November 11, 2014 Jim Hager, Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Topic: Interacting One-on-One with Students
November 18, 2014 Activity: Give a 5 Minute Presentation of an Example