GSI

Molecule structureAs winter term gets underway, many U-M instructors are teaching in new GSI-faculty teams. How can you build productive collaborations from the start? 

The CRLT Occasional Paper on "Teaching Effectively with GSI-Faculty Teams" highlights many benefits--for professor, GSIs, and students--of effective relationships among professors and grad students who teach together. As the literature on GSI-faculty relationships makes clear, though, such teamwork can sometimes pose significant challenges. U-M faculty have reported, among other issues, grappling with how to coordinate the work of all members of a teaching team, handle student complaints, and respond to various challenges to instructor authority.

It's probably obvious but bears repeating: Establishing clear team guidelines and routine communication patterns early in the term can help prevent such problems--as well as provide structures for addressing them productively if they do arise later in the semester. Read more »

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Interested in teaching at a liberal arts college? A faculty panel from liberal arts colleges will discuss job search strategies and faculty worklife. In addition, participants will learn about the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships at Oberlin and Kalamazoo Colleges for University of Michigan Ph.D.s.

Panelists include:

  • Daniel Birchok, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion, Oberlin College
  • Vanessa McCaffrey, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Albion College
  • Andrew Mozina, Professor of English, Kalamazoo College
  • Annemarie Sammartino, Associate Professor of History, Oberlin College

Materials

Event Information
Dates: 
Fri, 01/24/2014 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Presenter(s): 
Dr. Daniel Birchok, Oberlin College
Presenter(s): 
Dr. Vanessa McCaffrey, Albion College
Presenter(s): 
Dr. Andrew Mozina, Kalamazoo College
Presenter(s): 
Dr. Meredith Raimondo, Oberlin College
Audience: 
Graduate Students and Postdocs Only
Eligible for Certificate: 
Not eligible for Certificate
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Campus Information Centers

Acronym

Meaning

A2 Ann Arbor
AAATA Ann Arbor Area Transit Authority (City Buses)
APA Academic Peer Advisor
Arb Nichols Arboretum;
A large wooded area east of campus
B-School The business school
Big House One of many terms for the Michigan Football Stadium
CAEN Computer Aided Engineering Network
CAPS Counseling and Psychological Services
CCRB, NCRB, IMSB Central Campus Recreation Building, North Campus Recreation Building, Intramural Sports Building
CEW Center for the Education of Women
CIC Campus Information Centers
CP&P Career Planning and Placement (formerly)-now The Career Center
CRLT Center for Research on Learning and Teaching
CRLT-Engin Center for Research on Learning and Teaching in Engineering
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What is the Graduate Student Instructional Consultants Program?

Graduate Student Instructional Consultants (GSICs) are a group of experienced GSIs and post-docs who work with CRLT on activities designed to promote excellence in graduate student teaching at Michigan. The intent of the GSIC program is to provide GSIs access to experienced peer consultants for guidance and support in their important roles as teachers. While GSIs benefit greatly from mentoring in their home departments, the GSIC program provides GSIs with an additional source of support – providing a safe and confidential place to explore teaching issues and discuss teaching problems. Any GSI can request a consultation with a Graduate Student Instructional Consultant by requesting a consultation through our website. Read more »

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