Preparing Future Faculty 2: Achieving Success through Communication

Program Overview for Spring 2017

Preparing Future Faculty 2: Achieving Success through Communication

The GSAS Teaching and Learning Program runs non-credit seminars for Doctoral level students interested in developing effective classroom skills and a reflective teaching practice. This call is for applications to Preparing Future Faculty 2: Achieving Success through Communication.

Note: Preparing Future Faculty 1: The Art & Craft of Teaching is a complimentary course, and will be offered in the Fall 2017 semester.

GA 1201 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 approximately 20 students. The course will be facilitated by Dr. Marla Wolf, and is scheduled for Tuesday from 3:30 - 5:45 pm from February 7th to April 4th (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 sessions
2.    to participate actively in class sessions
3.    to satisfactorily complete the microteaching component
4.    to develop a course syllabus

Note: This course will have 2 complete sessions dedicated to Microteaching.  If required, additional microteaching sessions would be available on April 11th, 18th or 25th.  Each participant will ONLY have to attend the Microteaching session associated with their group.

Tentative Calendar

February 7th - Communication Skills for Presentations: How can you capture their attention?
February 14th – Lesson Planning: What are the fundamentals of a lecture?
February 21st – Preparing a Course Syllabus: What is the best structure for a syllabus?
February 28th - Microteaching session (Group A only)
March 7th –Technology & Pedagogy: How can you incorporate technology into your classroom?
March 14th – no class due to Spring Break
March 21st - Microteaching session (Group B only)
March 28th – Panel Discussion: 2 NYU professors answer any questions you may have about a faculty position.
April 4th – Observing Master Classes & Classroom Assessment: What constitutes a great class? Depending on class size, additional microteaching sessions would be incorporated with the class schedule – which may extend the calendar to April 11th, 18th or 25th.

Application Procedure

To be considered for admission for GA 1201, please submit the following materials by Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 to Dr. Marla Wolf at All submissions must be in Word or PDF format.

  1. Name
  2. Student ID (N#)
  3. NYU NetID (this is your NYU email; please give your net id email -- not your name)
  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 and 1 paragraph minimum) explaining how participation in the GSAS Teaching and Learning Program fits with your professional development and goals as a scholar and teacher.

Deadline for submission of materials is Wednesday, January 25th at 12 noon.
Decisions will be announced via email on Tuesday, January 31st.
First class is Tuesday, February 7th.

Updated on 01/17/2017