Online Instructional Resources
Teaching Methods: Teaching Graduate Students
The content of graduate education has come under criticism for not adequately
preparing graduate students for professional work. This section starts with
articles on new directions in designing and teaching graduate seminars and then
provides links to resources on the broader issue of improving graduate education.
“From Seminars to Study Group,” Barbara Katz
Rothman. The Chronicle of Higher Education: Chronicle Careers, September 2,
The author describes her experiences teaching small graduate seminars and raises
issues of how to approach a graduate seminar, where to begin, what and when
to teach, and what kind of teaching/learning environment to encourage.
“Re-envisioning Teaching Graduate Seminars,” Anton
Rosenthal, Kentucky University, Center for Teaching Excellence.
Explains the author’s planning process for a graduate seminar in Sociology
that would be more relevant for graduate students than the traditional seminar
approach. Includes course goals, course description, examples of student work,
and the author’s reflections on the new course design.
“Combining Professional Development with Academic Learning in
Graduate Seminars,” Angela Garcia, University of Cincinnati.
Radical Pedagogy, 2006.
This paper reports on a graduate seminar in Sociology in which the goal of the
course was a collaboratively written paper reviewing the literature in the area
under study. Includes a review of research in active learning, experiential
learning, and professional development, plus a full description of the course.
Re-envisioning the Ph.D. (University of Washington Graduate
Although this project, funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, ended in June 2003,
the school continues to maintain this site. It provides a useful set of resources
for improving doctoral education, including an extensive bibliography of print
and online resources, promising practices, resources for doctoral students,
and related links.
“The Disconnect between Graduate Education and the Realities
of Faculty Work: A Review of Recent Research,” Jerry G. Gaff.
Liberal Education, Summer 2002, Association of American Colleges and Universities.
Reviews recent studies of the graduate student experience, studies of new faculty,
and studies of Ph.D. alumni. Concludes that these studies document the need
for doctoral programs to better prepare students for professional work. Calls
for the development of new models for graduate education.
“Training Focused on Postgraduate Teaching Assistants: the North
American Model,” Karron G. Lewis, University of Texas at Austin,
Center for Teaching Effectiveness.
Discusses the importance of training graduate students to teach effectively.
Reviews research on the content of TA training programs and provides a list
of training principles from the Preparing Future Faculty Program.
Resources for Graduate Education, Derek Bruff, Vanderbilt
University, Center for Teaching.
A comprehensive site designed to provide resources on graduate education for
department chairs, directors of graduate studies, graduate faculty, and graduate
deans. Contains annotated links to research on graduate education and recent
initiatives aimed at improving graduate education.
See also Mentoring Graduate Students on this site.
MSU TA Program: http://www.tap.msu.edu/
The Graduate School:
Certification for College Teaching and Learning: http://www.grad.msu.edu/teaching.htm