STEM GTA Academy
About the STEM GTA Academy
The STEM GTA Academy, established at UofL during the Summer of 2015, is a week-long series of sessions designed to assist Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) in STEM and STEM-adjacent fields in developing knowledge, skills, and excellence in classroom teaching specifically targeting STEM-related topics.. Each cohort of students participates in interactive sessions along with faculty mentors selected for their expertise in teaching STEM. Content includes topics such as conceptual frameworks for understanding today's students, using research about how students learn, measuring learning, designing activities, and practicing teaching. As a part of the STEM GTA Academy, graduate students participate in a micro-teaching session to both observe and gain feedback from peers on their teaching -- valuable in the job search process. The STEM GTA Academy is a collaborative program between the Graduate School, Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning, and the STEM GTA Academy Leadership Group.
Why Should You Participate in the STEM GTA Academy?
- Gain valuable knowledge, skills, and experience with the scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education.
- Gain practical strategies, tools, resources to help you immediately.
- Cohort members who attend every session will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation, and receive special consideration for teaching opportunities in a selection of STEM courses.
- Bolster your CV or resume to prepare for your job search.
2022 STEM GTA Academy Schedule
All sessions will be 9am-12:30pm. Locations TBD. The schedule for the STEM GTA Academy is TBD, but we expect to hold it once again in Summer 2021. The previous schedule is included below as an example.
|7/15||Introduction to STEM Pedagogy||
|7/16||Active Learning in STEM Disciplines & Panel on Active Learning||
|7/17||Science of Learning|
|7/18||Methods in STEM Disciplines|
|7/19||Micro-Teaching: Teaching for and Providing Feedback to Your Peers|
Summer 2022 STEM GTA Academy Timeline
|Applications for the 2022 STEM GTA Academy are no longer open.||TBD|
|Application deadline (both online application and email to Dr. Paul DeMarco, Acting Dean of the Graduate School and Michelle Rodems, Associate Director)||TBD|
Summer 2020 Application Process
Dates for the Summer 2020 STEM GTA Academy application process will be made available in early summer 2020.
Applying for the STEM GTA Academy
All graduate students in STEM and STEM-adjacent fields are encouraged to apply. In addition to completing the application form, students are required to have their graduate program director, chair, or a faculty mentor send an e-mail to the Acting Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Paul DeMarco and Dr. Michelle Rodems, Associate Director, indicating approval of the student’s participation in the academy.
Participation in the STEM Graduate Teaching Assistant Academy will be limited and competitive, with priority given to a diversity of participants. GTAs who attend every session and complete the STEM Graduate Teaching Assistant Academy will receive a certificate and receive special consideration for teaching opportunities in a selection of STEM courses.
If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Dr. Michelle Rodems or 502-852-3110.
We know that sometimes your schedule or other obligations prevent you from participating in the STEM GTA Academy. That doesn’t mean you can’t gain knowledge, skills, and experience with teaching. Other opportunities include:
- Attend PLAN workshops related to teaching and learning
- Review our resources related to teaching and learning