Foundations for Teaching Workshop

NOTE: So that we can plan for breakfast and lunch on both days, please complete your registration by August 6.

Date: August 16-17, 2021

Location: TBA

Are you a new graduate student instructor looking for additional teaching development training? A more experienced graduate student instructor seeking tips before starting a new teaching position? The Foundations for Teaching Workshop (FTW) is for you!

This free, two-day workshop provides graduate student instructors with a basic toolkit for effective teaching, assessment, and course design. Participants will get insights and guidance from Baylor's excellent faculty and receive hands-on training in critical skills such as syllabus construction, course planning, teaching strategies, and classroom management. Attendees will also try out their new skills by engaging in syllabus peer review and giving a short teaching demonstration.

Graduate students at all experience levels are encouraged to attend. Attendance at this workshop fulfills the Category 1 requirement for the TeaCHE (Teaching Capstone in Higher Education) program offered in partnership with the Baylor University Graduate School.

Attendees who complete the workshop will receive one of the following books:

  • Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roeiger III, and Mark A. McDaniel.
  • Advice for New Faculty Members, by Robert Boice

Breakfast and Lunch will be provided both days.

Events and Activities

Plenary Sessions

  • “Effective Course Design” (Chris Rios, Graduate School)
  • “The Science of Learning” (Charles Weaver, Psychology and Neuroscience)
  • “The Art of the Lecture” (Julie DeGraffenreid, History)

Workshops on syllabus construction and teaching skills

Breakout Sessions

  • Online Teaching
  • Teaching First-Generation Students
  • Contemplative Teaching
  • Teaching Controversial Topics