Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Elliott Hall, Room 200A
275 Varner Drive
Rochester, Michigan 48309-4485
(248) 370-2751

Nominate Your Graduate Mentor by January 16

The Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award recognizes the extraordinary efforts of individual faculty who serve as mentors to OU graduate students. The deadline for nominations is Monday, January 16, 2017. Winners will receive a plaque at commencement, and the recipient's graduate program will receive a $1,000 award to be paid to the faculty and $1,000 award to support graduate student conference travel in the next academic calendar year.

Nominate here.

Contact facilitator Keith Williams at with any questions or further information.

Graduate Teaching Assistant Series

Series on Teaching and Learning for Graduate Students and Future Faculty

How will your skills and experience as a graduate student translate to your own classroom? This fall workshop series will introduce basic components of successful teaching, with opportunities to develop pedagogy and practice teaching skills. Skills include developing a syllabus, methods of presenting content and enhancing student learning, classroom management and assessing student performance. This series will help graduate students who are teaching assistants or who are interested in becoming future faculty members. In the series, participants will meet seven times in Fall 2016 to focus on the following objectives:

  • To survey the principles of learning and explore factors that contribute to successful college instruction.
  • To develop practical approaches to preparing for class including syllabus, presentation methods, class discussion/activities, and assessment/testing.
  • To create tangible products to use in class as you begin teaching next semester.

The Orientation for this session took place on September 14. View the recording.
This series will continue on the following Wednesday evenings. If you could not attend the orientation session, email Dr. Keith Williams ( to join the Fall 2016 series.

  • Session 2 - Wed. September 21
  • Session 3 - Wed. October 5
  • Session 4 - Wed. October 26
  • Session 5 - Wed. November 2
  • Session 6 - Wed. November 16
  • Session 7 - Wed. November 30

(Note: This year's series will run during the fall semester only)

Each session will be held in 200A Elliott Hall, dinner will be included. Sessions are facilitated by Dr. Keith Williams, CETL Faculty Fellow, Associate Professor of Psychology.

There is no cost to OU graduate students. Students who attend the full series will receive a certificate upon completion. 

On completion of this workshop series the student will demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of factors to be considered in course design and execution of instructional strategies.
  • Ability to create plan for instruction across the semester and execute instruction during individual class periods.