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Professional Development Tips


Submit your “Program of Study.” The Graduate School uses your program of study to determine your eligibility for exams and to complete the final audit of your course work prior to awarding your degree. We make sure you are on track to timely completion.  Please review the policies listed on these program of study forms.

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Drafting a Teaching Philosophy Statement?  As a graduate teaching assistant, you may be asked to state your philosophy of teaching in conjunction with the submission of a teaching portfolio when you seek academic positions.   A Teaching Philosophy Statement is a 1-2 page (single-spaced) document describing your core approach to teaching in your field. It should include a concise, first-person description of your teaching approach and examples of specific course topics, assignments, assessments, and strategies drawn from courses you have taught or are prepared to teach, or from past mentoring experiences. The examples should 1) demonstrate your range of teaching expertise, 2) illustrate your objectives, methods, and approaches, and 3) allow readers to envision your teaching approach in action. A Teaching Philosophy Statement is not a summary of your CV, nor is it an article on pedagogy. It is a practical, specific discussion of the objectives and approaches you currently use, have used in the past, and plan to use in the future.  See

For additional learning on drafting a Teaching Philosophy Statement and examples:


Tips for Teaching Undergraduates:

Two top strategies for effective teaching as a graduate student:  being organized (punctual, setting clear expectations); and, showing students you care about their learning.  While your semester may already be underway, here are quick tip links and brief essays for giving you confidence in the classroom for the future:

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