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Friday, June 24 • 09:00 - 09:50
CON10.14 - Developing the Graduate Teaching Associate

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While the role of the Graduate Teaching Associate (GTA) provides skill development (e.g., research, public speaking, networking) and Educational Development (ED) opportunities for students, it’s important to recognize and define the ED work that graduate students are already engaged in through their teaching assistantships and within their disciplines (Kinsington-Miller, Brailsford & Gossman, 2012; Linder, 2011), and to think systematically about shaping the identity of graduate students in the field of ED. Doing so, will help build graduate skills in addition to those acquired through their degrees, and could also play a role in sustaining the development of the ED field and expanding the visibility of teaching centres. At a time when many graduate students will not find traditional, tenure-track faculty positions, we must begin to examine how supporting ED experiences can enable them to cross the borders between student and professional, academic and administrator.

Our session will build upon two specific, but overlapping, goals: How can we systematically mentor graduate students in the area of ED, and how can we create ED programming that supports faculty, graduate students, and teaching centres? First, we will invite participants to brainstorm through small group discussions and personal reflection about how graduate student positions within centres (e.g., GTA, research assistants, online support) and departments (e.g., teaching assistantships) develop graduate student attributes that are critical to their success within and beyond their program. Second, we will ask participants to consider how these attributes provide a bridge into the field of ED for graduate students, and what we can do to nurture this transition. Through collaboration and dialogue, participants will be asked to propose approaches that could formulate a clear developmental path for graduate students to evolve as Educational Developers, moving them beyond the often serendipitous journey many developers take to ED careers.


Susan Joudrey

Dr. Susan Joudrey supports faculty members, academic departments and programs in the area of curriculum design and development as a Senior Educational Developer at Dalhousie University. She possesses over five years of experience as an Educational Developer and has fulfilled the roles... Read More →

Jill McSweeney

Jill Marie McSweeney is an Educational Developer in the Centre for Learning and Teaching at Dalhousie University. She began her career as a Graduate Teaching Associate at Dalhousie University, and is currently completing her PhD.

Suzanne Le-May Sheffield

Dr. Suzanne Le-May Sheffield is the Director of the Centre for Learning and Teaching at Dalhousie University, Halifax. She has 14 years of experience as an educational developer. She began her career in educational development as a Graduate Teaching Associate at York University.

Friday June 24, 2016 09:00 - 09:50 EDT
Weldon Library 258

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