Preparing Future Faculty 1: The Art & Craft of Teaching

Preparing Future Faculty 1: The Art & Craft of Teaching

Program Overview for Fall 2016

The GSAS Teaching and Learning Program runs non-credit seminars for Master’s and Doctoral level students interested in developing effective classroom skills and a reflective teaching practice. This call is for applications to Preparing Future Faculty 1: The Art & Craft of Teaching (GA 1200) being offered in the Fall 2016 semester.

Note: Preparing Future Faculty 2: The Art & Craft of Teaching is a complimentary course, and will be offered in the Spring 2017 semester.

GA 1200 is an interdisciplinary graduate course on the theory and practice of university teaching. The course will appear on the student's transcript and will be graded on a pass/fail basis, however, it will carry zero credit towards their degree. Students will be charged no fee to attend if selected. Enrollment will be done through an application process and is limited to 20 students. The course will be facilitated by Dr. Marla Wolf, and is scheduled for Monday’s from 3:30 - 5:30 pm from September 19th to November 21st (see calendar for details).

The goals of the course are:

  1. to familiarize students with background research and theory relevant to university teaching, and
  2. to provide the opportunity for practice and feedback on basic teaching skills.

Students are expected to actively participate in class meetings through discussions and other learning activities and through their involvement in mandatory Microteaching sessions.

This course is best suited to those in the final stages of their PhD and is specifically designed for students looking towards a career in higher education. Please note that this course does not provide New York State Teaching Certification.

To earn a passing grade in the course, students are expected to do the following:

  1. to attend, and be on time for, 6 key sessions PLUS one Microteaching session
  2. to participate actively in class sessions
  3. to lead a class activity based upon the readings
  4. to develop and submit a teaching philosophy statement

Note: This course will have at least 2 complete sessions dedicated to Microteaching. In addition, the second half of some lectures will be devoted to Microteaching sessions. Each participant will ONLY have to attend the Microteaching session associated with their group.

Tentative Calendar

WEEK 1:  September 19 - Key Topics in Higher Education (all students must attend)
WEEK 2:  September 26 - Learning Styles (all students must attend)
WEEK 3:  October 3 - Student Engagement (all students must attend)
       No class on October 10th
WEEK 4:  October 17 - Microteaching session
WEEK 5:  October 24 - Developing a Teaching Portfolio (all students must attend)
WEEK 6:  October 31 - Microteaching session
       No class on November 7th
WEEK 7:  November 14 - Assessment Strategies (all students must attend)
WEEK 8:  November 21 - Classroom Management (all students must attend)
       If required, a 3rd microteaching session would be available on Nov. 28 or Dec. 5.

Application Procedure

To be considered for admission for GA 1200, please submit the following materials by noon (12pm) on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 to Dr. Marla Wolf at All submissions must be in Word format.

  1. Name
  2. Student id (N#)
  3. NYU email address (No personal email accounts, such as gmail, will be accepted)
  4. Department
  5. Master's or Ph.D.
  6. Area of study
  7. Date of entrance into program (month/year)
  8. Expected date of completion (approximate)
  9. Thesis/Dissertation title
  10. Advisor’s name and email
  11. List of previous teaching experience (include TA positions or lab tutorials)
  12. Personal statement (1 page maximum) explaining how participation in the GSAS Teaching and Learning Program fits with your professional development and goals as a scholar and teacher.

The deadline for submission of materials is Wednesday, September 7 at noon (12pm). Decisions will be announced on Monday, September 12.

Updated on 08/24/2016