Why GSR 982?
You don't have to be an excellent university teacher... but you can be!
Most beneficial to my teaching practice has been, and continues to be, the graduate teaching courses that I have had the opportunity to attend. These courses provided not only the theoretical rational behind teaching best practice, but perhaps more importantly to a graduate student teacher, the practical teaching techniques and tools that I can implement in my own classroom." - Amelia Horsburgh, Graduate Student Fellow 2012-2013 and recipient of the 2012 Provost's Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award
GSR 982: Mentored Teaching is a non-credit course offered through the College of Graduate Studies and Research for Ph.D. students who have received a Teacher Scholar Doctoral Fellowship. For more information on how to apply for a Fellowship, please see our Registration tab. GSR 982 is offered from 2:30-4:30 pm on Thursday afternoons.
The purpose of the GSR 982: Mentored Teaching course is for students to refine and assess their teaching style and approach by learning about and applying innovative course design principles, teaching strategies, and assessment and evaluation approaches that are based upon best practices in higher education. The Fellowship provides opportunities for students to:
- Learn about the basics of course design and delivery in GSR 982 (offered in Term 1)
- Implement and apply best practices from GSR 982 by teaching an undergraduate course in Term 2 (under the guidance of a faculty mentor)
- Be exposed to new and innovative teaching practices, ideas, and approaches
- Collaborate and support peers as part of an interdisciplinary learning experience across disciplinary fields
- Use the teaching portfolio as a reflective tool to refine and assess their teaching style and approach
About this Course
As part of the Teacher Doctoral Fellowship, students are required to register for and complete GSR 982 in Term 1 (offered on Thursday afternoons from 2:00-4:30 p.m). As part of this coursework, students will learn about course design and theory. While some time in class will be provided to help students design and prepare their course materials for Term 2, they are expected to devote a significant portion of their time outside class to the development and peer review of these materials as well as regular meetings with their faculty mentor as part of their scholarly activities related to the Fellowship.
In Term 2, students are required to deliver an undergraduate course under the supervision of their faculty mentor, and to attend GSR 982 classes every second week from 2-3 p.m. on Thursday afternoons. Consequently, students must be in close communication wiith their department, College or School and faculty mentor to ensure that the delivery of their undergraduate course in Term 2 does not conflict with the GSR 982 class schedule in Term 2. Students are also expected to meet regularly with their faculty mentor throughout Terms 1 and 2 to discuss their teaching, the preparation of their teaching materials, and to discuss progress towards their teaching goals.
GSR 982 is a non-credit (Pass/Fail) course. If students successfully complete the course based on the following requirements, they receive a certificate and note on their transcript indicating a “Pass” in the course. If a Fellowship is terminated or revoked for any reason students must drop the course according to the University’s official processes, dates, and deadlines, or else their transcript will indicate a “Fail.”
A “Pass” in the GSR 982 course is based upon:
- Regular attendance and participation in all GSR 982 classes in Terms 1 and 2 as per the University's Attendance policy
- Satisfactory completion of all course assignments, culminating in the reflective teaching portfolio at the end of Term 2
- Regular attendance and participation in progress meetings with the faculty mentor throughout Terms 1 and 2, as outlined in the Helpful Guide for Faculty Mentors, including the completion of two faculty mentor classroom visits in Term 2
- Satisfactory completion of teaching responsibilities and duties in Term 2 as assigned by the faculty mentor and/or College, Department, or School
Fellowships may be revoked by the College of Graduate Studies & Research at any time if any of the requirements are failed to be met as outlined above.
Ask Our Students
Visit our Accolades and Articles tabs to find out what our graduates have to say about this course, and why you should consider taking it to further your professional career.
Currently, registration in GSR 982: Mentored Teaching is open to Ph.D. students who have received a Teacher-Scholar Doctoral Fellowship.
The competition for the 2013-2014 Teacher-Doctoral Fellowships is currently closed. The competition for 2014-2015 Fellowships will likely occur sometime in early 2014.
Students with an interest in enhancing and/or developing their teaching skills as part of this Fellowship should contact a faculty mentor and/or their Department, College, or School to discuss the possibility of being nominated for a Fellowship. Faculty and/or Department Heads may also consider the possibility of nominating graduate students for this award.
Fellowship nominations are to be completed by the student (applicant) and faculty mentor, and Department Head/Dean. Selection is based upon multiple considerations, including, but not limited to:
- Students' interest in enhancing/developing their teaching skills and expertise
- Potential for a dynamic, reciprocal teaching partnership between the student, faculty mentor, and Department/College/School
- Have completed their comprehensive exams and other program requirements (typically these are students who are registered in the 2nd to 5th year of their Ph.D. program)
- Hold a cumulative GPA of 80% or higher
We asked our former students what they would like future students to know about the course before they register. Here's what they had to say:
Taking GSR 982 contributed to my professionalization as a teacher by providing me with concrete strategies for course design and lesson planning, but it also provided a welcome opportunity to interact with my peers, and to draw on their experiences and perspectives as new teachers.
-Carleigh Brady, English, class of 2012-2013
Anyone who is thinking seriously about teaching at the University level should take this course. It gives great foundational knowledge and offers great support through your first time teaching. -Anonymous, class of 2012-2013
This will change your life! It's the best course I have taken in my life. -Mohammad Torshizi, Agricultural Economics, class of 2012-2013
It is extremely valuable to have a structured introduction to teaching and can transform the first experience into a manageable one. -Anonymous, class of 2012-2013
This class was invaluable for practical reasons, building your syllabus, grading rubric, assignments, lesson plans, etc. for the course you will teach next term. Moreover, the teaching portfolio that you build will prove so important when you do go on the job market." - Amelia Horsburgh, English, class of 2011-2012
This course really helps you stand out as a job applicant and amongst your peers while still a student. In addition, it really defines you as a U of S graduate with distinct advantages as future teachers." -Anonymous, class of 2011-2012
Find a way to take this course or one like it if you plan to teach at the university level. This course (and the professors that taught it) allowed me to view the teaching experience at the university level from a totally different viewpoint." -Anonymous, class of 2011-2012
As a result of taking GSR 982, I feel more prepared to teach. I feel that I learned a lot from the different perspectives of my colleagues in the class." -Anonymous, class of 2011-2012
This is an excellent class, which can provide a systematic and complete training program for your teaching. Students do benefit from it." - Li Shen, Geography & Planning, class of 2011-2012
GSR 982 is a valuable course that gives you a set of tools to turn into skills when addressing future audiences." - Ashlee McLardy, Kinesiology, class of 2011-2012
Take the course at least you will find if you like teaching or not truly. Teaching is hard, which means you can do it only if you like it." - Xiaoyu Liu, Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics, class of 2010-2011
I learned a lot of different techniques and strategies to integrate into the course [I am teaching] that I never would have learned if I [had not taken] this course." - Katie Maciulewicz, Kinesiology, class of 2010-2011
Not only did the fellowship provide me with the tools, knowledge, and practice, but I now have the confidence to teach. It has changed how I think and feel about teaching." -Douglas Akhimienmhonan, Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics, class of 2009-2010
This course gave me the confidence and skills to be a good instructor for my students. Teaching is more than just lecturing. It's also about listening to your students." -Anonymous, class of 2009-2010
A very useful, rewarding course that places the focus squarely on teaching as part of a lifelong journey of learning." -Liam Haggarty, History, class of 2009-2010
It's been wonderful to have not only the support of the 982 instructors but also that of the class of peers who are experiencing the same trials of teaching for the first time as well. The 982 classes provided a means and a time to reflect on the teaching experience- something that otherwise would have been lost in the rush and finery of preparation, marking, etc." - Emily Morris, English, class of 2009-2010
Not only did the fellowship provide me with the tools, knowledge, and practice, but I now have the confidence to teach. It has changed how I think and feel about teaching." -Douglas Akhimienmhonan, Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics, class of 2009-2010, from "Teaching the Teachers", in On-Campus News in the April 9, 2010 edition.
Many of our alumni from GSR 982 are regular contributors to the GMCTE's newsletter, Bridges. Below are links to articles written from the alumni perspective related to teaching and/or the GSR 982 course:
- Horsburgh, Amelia. 2013. Graduate student teachers: Leading effective classroom discussions. Bridges, 11(3): 11-13.
- Krushelinski, Colleen. 2011. "Oh the Places You'll Go!" ... if you begin to build rapport with your students on the first day of your TA assignment. Bridges, 10(1): 8-9.
- Akhimienmhonan, Douglas. 2010. It is not how far, but how well. Bridges, 9(1): 9.
- Preston, Jane. 2010. Educate the educator. Bridges, 8(3): 3-4.
One important process in the Teacher Doctoral Fellowship experience is the positive development of a dynamic and reciprocal teaching partnership between the Ph.D. student and his/her faculty mentor.
To help ensure the best possible experience we have developed a helpful Guide to assist faculty mentors in developing mentorship goals and in outlining responsibilities within GSR 982 and throughout the assignment of teaching duties in Term 2. The Guide informs the faculty mentors about the tasks they and the students are expected to complete and when to do these tasks as part of the teaching partnership.
Periodic cues will be sent to the faculty mentors throughout the year to remind them of what is required and when.