Have you heard of the Graduate Teaching Apprenticeship Program (GTAP)? GTAP is a program developed by the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning to better support graduate students’ career development and teaching interests. GTAP participants engage in CITL-sponsored workshops and learning communities, faculty and peer mentoring, and goal-setting activities. They also spend time creating job market materials, such as a teaching statement, a diversity statement, and syllabi. It is a great way to build teaching skills while establishing your teaching portfolio. There are three sequential levels of pedagogical scholarship comprising GTAP—Associate, Practitioner, and Specialist—that allow participants to grow in their demonstrated teaching skills and leadership.
Want to find out what graduate students think of GTAP? Here are some thoughts participants have shared with us:
“As I prepared to teach my own course . . . attending CITL/CIRTL events was incredibly beneficial to refresh the concepts learned in my earlier coursework as well as to learn practical techniques and strategies to design an effective syllabus, communicate concepts clearly, create assessments that directly tap my learning goals, and how to navigate the classroom. After completing the associate level of the program, I feel I have more of the skills necessary to be an effective teacher.” – Julie Eyink, Psychological and Brain Sciences Department
“The most important thing to me is that it is offering me a broad vision of teaching and learning beyond my department. It is wonderful to meet people from other departments during the workshops and learn about learning more generally.” – Fernando Melero García, Spanish and Portuguese Department
“This has allowed me to make smaller, more achievable goals for my teaching each semester. I have also learned a lot about how to talk about my teaching and analyze my teaching evaluations to make my teaching more student-centered. I think that having the GTAP on my CV will help boost my teaching credentials and improve my interviewing skills for my future desired teaching job.” – Jane Newman, Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry Department
GTAP is for all IUB graduate students. Participants do not have to take any for-credit courses and no teaching experience is necessary. The program is self-paced, so you can complete the requirements on your own timeline.
Know a graduate student who might be interested in GTAP? CITL encourages you to share this information with your students, friends, or colleagues. To get involved with the GTAP program, visit our GTAP Canvas site to see specific GTAP requirements and start tracking your progress. To find out more about the experiences of those who have completed GTAP, check out our GTAP awardees page.