Planning Your Path to Graduate School Success
Teaching and Mentoring
Workshops and Classes on Teaching
The Delta Program for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning has courses and other opportunities for graduate students in the social and natural sciences.
The Teaching Academy aims to cooperatively improve teaching across campus by supporting, promoting and recognizing teaching excellence across campus.
WISCIENCE offers several programs:
- Scientific Teaching Fellows Program: This two-semester program offers theory and practice in instructional materials development and classroom teaching in science, focusing particularly on meeting the needs of first-year undergraduates and students from underrepresented groups. Fellows create materials for a first-year course during the spring semester, then team teach the course during the fall as instructors of record. Fellows are in charge of the class from start to finish and get to experience all aspects of teaching and running a class.
- Research Mentor Training Program: This program is a collaboration between WISCIENCE and the Delta Program and is affiliated with the Mentor Training Core of the National Research Mentoring Network. Mentor training seminars, meant to be taken alongside as you mentor an undergraduate, provide useful tools and strategies, as well as offering the support of a learning community and individualized problem-solving. The seminar is STEM focused and uses the Entering Mentoring curriculum.
- Scientific Teaching for TAs: Graduate students who are serving as new teaching assistants in a bioscience course can gain skills they will need to be effective in the classroom.
The CIRTL Network, of which UW-Madison is the prototype member, hosts four learning communities. Join these communities of future and current faculty in discussion and ongoing professional development.
There are more than 20 courses on teaching offered by various departments each semester. Check the Schedule of Classes to learn more.
Teaching Assistant Training
Most Teaching Assistant (TA) training is managed within the individual school or college. L&S and Engineering Learning Center provide Teaching Assistant training and professional development.
Additionally, the Writing Center supports faculty and TAs who teach within the Writing Across the Curriculum program.
Online Teacher Training
The Teaching and Learning Research Guide for STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and SBE (social, behavioral, and economic sciences) was jointly created by the Center for Biology Education, Delta, Engineering Leaning Center, Wendt library, and Steenbock library.
Online Research Mentor Training
Research Mentor Training is housed within the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison. If you are new to research mentoring or just want to be more deliberate about how you mentor your students, you can use the materials at this site to become a more reflective mentor.
Entering Mentoring: A Seminar to Train a New Generation of Scientists, a workbook and seminar designed to help science faculty become effective mentors to diverse students using discussions, collective experiences, and readings to develop strategies for mentoring.
The Delta Program in Research, Teaching, and Learning, offers a comprehensive online guidebook for developing a teaching portfolio, to help you understand why you might choose to create one, what the benefit will be, and how to get started.