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Events for Graduate Students

Fall 2014

In order to ensure that the Center for Teaching Excellence provides sufficient materials and refreshments for all participants, registration is required for all workshops listed below. To Register, please call 412-396-5177 or email CTE (cte@duq.edu).  Online registration will be available soon.

For Spring 2014 archived events, click here.

Introductory Session: Certificate of University Teaching

Hosts: Michael McGravey, Rachel Luckenbill, and Erin Rentschler (CTE)
Date: Tuesday, September 9, 3:00-4:00
Location: 613 Union

The Center for Teaching Excellence is delighted to introduce the Certificate of University Teaching, a non-credit program which provides an excellent opportunity for graduate students to document their college teaching in preparation for faculty careers.
Please attend this informational session to learn more about the certificate, ask any questions that you may have, and enroll in the program!

Register Online.

Workshop Series: Landing an Academic Job

Landing an academic job requires skills beyond your scholarly preparation. Give yourself an edge in the market by attending workshops that will help you prepare. Learn how to write an outstanding cover letter and CV, compose a teaching philosophy, document your teaching experience, and interview with confidence.

Preparing the CV, Cover Letter, and Research Statement

Presenters: Dr. Gregory Barnhisel (Associate Professor, English), Dr. Lauren O'Donnell (Assistant Professor, Pharmacology), and Dr. Philip Reeder (Dean and Professor, Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences)
Facilitated by Rachel Luckenbill and Michael McGravey (CTE)
Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Time: 3:00 - 4:30pm
Location: Union 613
As a Teaching Assistant who aspires to land a job within academia, you will want to attend this workshop! Your cover letter and curriculum vitae are your first point of contact with future academic employers. Come and learn about creating an outstanding CV and cover letter for entry-level teaching positions.
New for this year, CTE will offer advice on constructing a relevant Research Statement, intent on conveying your research interests and road-map. This too can add to your application portfolio as you offer a first impression to your potential, academic employer.

Register Online

Writing a Philosophy of Teaching

Presenters: Michael McGravey and Rachel Luckenbill (CTE)
Time and Date: Wednesday, October 8, 3:00 - 4:30pm
Location: Union 613

Increasingly, search committees are asking faculty candidates to provide a statement of their teaching philosophy. At first, this can be a little frightening. It s an opportunity, however, to think through the beliefs in which you ground your teaching practices, and to be prepared for both the written and oral aspects of the academic job search.

Come and discover:
• What is a statement of teaching Philosophy?
• Why is it so important?
• How can you go about writing one?

This will be a practical workshop! You will leave with sample statements of teaching philosophies, useful exercises to help you write your own, and confidence to discuss your teaching philosophy with perspective employers.

Register Online

Documents from this event are available for graduate students who were unable to attend.  Please contact CTE (cte@duq.edu) to request a copy of the documents.

Developing a Teaching Portfolio

Presenters: Michael McGravey and Rachel Luckenbill (CTE)
Time and Date: Thursday, October 16, 3:00 - 4:30pm
Location: Union 613

Research institutions hire fewer than 10% of available PhDs. The vast majority of hires are in institutions that emphasize classroom teaching. The creation of a teaching portfolio will give you the edge on showing yourself as a person who values excellence in teaching.

Please bring with you the following items: example syllabus, example test and/or handout, and a draft philosophy of teaching statement (if you have one).

Register Online

Documents from this event are available for graduate students who were unable to attend. Please contact CTE (cte@duq.edu) to request a copy of the documents.

Book Study: Teaching What You Don't Know by Therese Huston

Led by Rachel Luckenbill, Instructional Consultant for TAs (Center for Teaching Excellence)

This two-part book study provides a toolbox for college instructors preparing to teach a new course or new material, or for newer teachers who might feel like "imposters." Huston provides strategies for gauging students' understanding, reaching unresponsive students, maintaining discussion, and dealing with tough questions. "Original, useful, and hopeful, this book reminds you that teaching what you don't know, to students whom you may not understand, is not just a job. It's an adventure" (author summary).

Participants will receive a free copy of the book in exchange for participation in both of the discussion sections.

Part One: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 3-4:30pm
Part Two: Thursday, October 23, 2014, 3-4:30pm
Location: College Hall 643 
Pizza or refreshments will be served!

This event is now full--please contact cte@duq.edu to be put on the waiting list. 

For events open to all faculty, staff, and graduate students,
click here.

Duquesne University Counseling and Wellness Center

Each semester the Counseling and Wellness Center offers group sessions and personal sessions at no cost to graduate students.

Graduate Student Support Group:
"The graduate student support group will run from 3 to 4:30 on the following Mondays:

  • October 20
  • November 3
  • November 17
  • December 1
  • December 15

Students must contact the Counseling and Wellbeing Center (x.6204) to arrange an individual meeting with Dr. Laura Kessler before they are able to join the group."

Connections Group:
"The University Counseling and Wellbeing Center is offering a Connections group for the fall 2014 semester, which will meet weekly on Wednesday (time to be determined) or Friday from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. This free and confidential group is open to all undergraduate and graduate students. This group will provide members an opportunity to give and receive support, as well as focus on how members relate with each other. This group will be led from the group microcosm theory that states that the conscious and unconscious ways members relate with each other in a group is representative of how they relate with others in their real lives. As members patterns of relating emerge in group, members will gain insight into their typical ways of relating with others, and have opportunities to practice relating in new, effective ways with other group members. This type of experience can then help members have more fulfilling and authentic relationships (e.g., with friends, family, peers, romantic partners) in their real lives as well.
This group would be beneficial for any student feeling generally anxious, unfulfilled or dissatisfied in their relationships, or who may sometimes experience distress such as depressive or anxiety symptoms due to unfulfilling relationships. This group will be co-facilitated by two therapists, and requires confidentiality among all participants. If interested in talking with the facilitators to see if this group may be helpful to you, please call the University Counseling and Wellbeing Center at x.6204."

For more information on this semester's support groups, anxiety management sessions, and other available resources, please visit the Counseling and Wellness Center's website or call: 412-396-6204.