Graduate Student Learning Communities

LEARNING COMMUNITY DESCRIPTIONS

Classroom Inquiry

CITL Facilitator: Katie Kearns (kkearns@indiana.edu)

Semester Offered: Two-semester program (both fall and spring semesters); offered odd years.

Description: Graduate student participants will engage in evidence-based and reflective teaching practice. Grounded in discussions of literature about learning and pedagogy, participants will develop, implement, and assess an innovative approach that addresses a learning challenge for their students. Graduate students will also gain experience communicating professionally about their teaching. This community of inquiry and encouragement will foster an evolution in teaching techniques and a greater attentiveness to scholarly teaching.

Criteria needed to apply:

  • One year of teaching experience at the college level
  • Completed a department-based pedagogy course or G700
  • Full-year teaching commitment
  • Available for meetings as listed on the Qualtrics application survey

Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in the Classroom

CITL Facilitator: CITL Diversity Intern (citldiv@indiana.edu)

Semester Offered: Fall and Spring semesters

Description: Diverse, historically underrepresented and/or underserved graduate students face particular difficulties as associate instructors (e.g., discrimination, marginalization, isolation, problems with classroom authority, etc.). These challenges can impede AIs’ productive identity formation as both teachers and scholars in higher education. The Intersections of Identity and Instruction Graduate Student Learning Community seeks to promote the engagement and professional development of diverse graduate students as associate instructors. This community will provide a safe space for engaging instructors in strategies for holistic and equitable education.

Criteria needed to apply:

  • Teaching experience at the college level
  • Available for meetings as listed on the Qualtrics application survey

Talking About Teaching

CITL Facilitator: Leslie Drane (citlgrad@indiana.edu)

Semester Offered: Fall semesters only

Description: This graduate student learning community will promote the engagement and professional development of graduate students as they prepare to talk about their teaching in a variety of settings and to multiple audiences. Through workshops, readings, and the creation of pedagogy-related materials, members will learn about strategies on how to share what they have learned about teaching with others. Topics will include: backward course design, writing course syllabi, creating diversity statements, organizing a teaching portfolio, and approaching an academic interview. Participants will receive opportunities to practice talking about teaching and will leave the community having produced multiple pedagogy-related materials.

Criteria needed to apply:

  • Available for meetings as listed on the Qualtrics application survey

Orientation Peer Facilitator

CITL Facilitator: Katie Kearns (kkearns@indiana.edu)

Semester Offered: Spring

Description: Learn to be a CITL workshop facilitator for the AI orientation while gaining new pedagogical knowledge and skills. Participants will design and lead AI-specific workshops on topics such as: teaching and learning theories; making use of class time; managing classroom authority and boundaries; and classroom climate (e.g., teaching controversial topics; engaging in group work; strategies for equitable classroom participation). We will provide ongoing training, mentoring, and resources on developing and facilitating a workshop. To learn more about the expectations, check out this summary document.

Criteria needed to apply:

  • One year of teaching experience at the college level
  • Availability during August orientation week
  • Completion or progress toward completion of the Associate-level of the Graduate Teaching Apprenticeship Program
  • Completed a department-based pedagogy course or G700 (preferred)