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Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 12:30 pm in Davey 339. Discussion session on “Teaching Assistant Professional Development”. Learn what others do to prepare their teaching assistants and share what you do! Group members have shared these resources on this topic:

Information on the Mathematics GTA Training Program:

IST 602 (Supervised Experience in College Teaching) Syllabus (Lisa Lenze)

PHYS 250 TA Directions (Steve Van Hook)

ENGR 888 Syllabus (Seminar for Teaching Assistants in Engineering)

Questions inspired by discussion – Angelique Bacon-Woodard (.doc)

Lisa Lenze’s Coaching materials:

Coaching Lesson (.doc) & Coaching Questions (.doc)

For the puzzles themselves, please email to request them.


March 17, 2011, Thursday. 2 pm. Facilitating Students Working Together.

Physics Learning Resource Center rules (similar to those used in Astronomy)

Physics LRC Training notes (Van Hook)


February 3, 2011, at noon. 530 Davey. Assessing Teaching and the SRTE. Facilitated by Julia Kregenow (Astronomy). (Summary of Meeting in PDF to be posted soon.)

Summary notes from this discussion (.doc)

Note: peer mentoring is an issue that came up in the meeting, so here are some relevant links from the PSU Libraries website (thanks, Nan!)

Peer Review of Credit Teaching Effectiveness

Administrative Guidelines for Peer Review of Credit Teaching Effectiveness

Here are some forms to guide peer teaching reviews from Schreyer’s & PSU campuses’ sites (thanks, Larkin!)


November 22, 2010, The Center for Excellence in Science Education. Lunch and conversation with Director Jackie Bortiatynski. In Davey 432 at noon.

Presentation slides about the new Center of Excellence from this talk (pdf)

November 18, 2010, Effective Test Development (Summary of Meeting in PDF)

A lot of resources on exam development were shared before/at/after this meeting, so visit our exam resource page for a list of these!

October 5, 2010, Administration of Large Courses.  (Summary of Meeting in PDF)