Congratulations to 2015-2016 Graduate Teaching Certificate Recipients

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graduate teaching certificateThe Graduate Teaching Certificate recognizes graduate teaching assistants (GA/RA/TAs) for their participation in the development programs offered by the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center. The certificate acknowledges these individuals’ commitment to effective teaching and can enhance their academic credentials.To qualify for this recognition, a graduate teaching assistant must have attended the full-day TA Orientation and at least five (5) programs of shorter duration offered by Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center. You can learn more about the certificate at facdev.niu.edu/tacert.

In the 2015-2016 academic year, 10 individuals earned the certificate:

  • Catherine Ausland, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Steven Chun, Department of Geography
  • Brienne Durfey, Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education
  • Autumn James, Department of Geography
  • Adam Lotito, Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education
  • Rachel Martiniak, Department of Anthropology
  • Jay Osvatic, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Jennifer Volintine, Department of Anthropology
  • Xiaoying Zhong, Department of Anthropology
  • Yang Zhou, School of Music

It is easy to apply for the Faculty Development & Instructional Design Center Graduate Teaching Certificate! The application form is available online at facdev.niu.edu/tacertapp. If you have forgotten which workshops you have attended, or how many you have attended, you can review your workshop history at facdev.niu.edu/myprograms. Log in with both your A-ID and Z-ID to see all of your programs (if you have used different IDs at different times).

New for 2016-2017, we are offering to provide a recommendation on recipients’ LinkedIn Profiles, to validate the recognition. This was highly valued by TAs who responded to our recent campus-wide survey.

Certificates are sent to the teaching assistants’ department to acknowledge their commitment to effective teaching and present the certificates to them. If TAs need a few more workshops to qualify for the certificate, they are encouraged to check the current schedule of TA programs on the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center website.

Results of the 2015 Teaching Assistant Campus-wide Survey

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hands typing on laptopDuring the spring 2015 semester, the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center conducted a survey of all Teaching Assistants at NIU. We send a similar survey every four years to teaching assistants, and survey all faculty and instructors every four years on an alternating schedule (so that we get significant feedback from campus every two years).

This year, 135 teaching assistants responded to the survey. Over 65% of respondents had attended our programs, and nearly 87% found the programs to be applicable to their teaching. Over 75% felt that participation in our programs was beneficial to students. While the majority of respondents knew about the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center and the Teaching with Blackboard websites and found them to be helpful, many did not know that we have a library of Program Archives, which are videos of recorded workshops. Check them out – there are hundreds of workshop recordings that you can access anytime, anywhere.

Many teaching assistants have received or are pursuing the Graduate Teaching Certificate offered by the Center. However, 51% have never heard of it. The Graduate Teaching Certificate is a recognition of your commitment to developing your teaching skill, and can be a valuable asset if you are pursuing a faculty position after graduation. Learn more about the Graduate Teaching Certificate.

Overall, we’d like to thank all of the teaching assistants who responded to our survey. The information you provided was very valuable and we will use it to improve our teaching assistant programming and resources.

Graduate Teaching Certificate

The Graduate Teaching Certificate recognizes the participation of graduate teaching assistants (GA/RA/TAs) in the development programs offered by the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center. The certificate acknowledges these individuals’ commitment to effective teaching and can enhance their academic credentials. To qualify for this recognition, a graduate teaching assistant must have attended the full-day TA Orientation or one other daylong teaching effectiveness program made available to TAs and at least five (5) programs of shorter duration offered by Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center.

NIU graduate teaching assistants are encouraged to apply for the certificate by printing and completing the application found on the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center website at http://www.niu.edu/facdev/ta/applications/gradteachcert.pdf and mailing it to the Center. Once completed applications are received and processed, certificates are sent to the teaching assistants’ department to acknowledge their commitment to effective teaching and present the certificates to them. If TAs need a few more workshops to qualify for the certificate, they are encouraged to check the current schedule of TA programs on the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center website.