The Graduate School regularly offers for-credit courses to enhance students’ knowledge and skills to better prepare them for their future careers.
GRAD 9010/9020: Preparing Future Faculty I & 2 (1 credit each)
The Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) course is a year-long series of activities designed to expose graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to the realities of teaching, research, and service in higher education.
The course aims to enable graduates to make the transition successfully to employment in the academic community equipped with a realistic knowledge of academic culture, behavioral expectations and career expectations. Click here to learn more.
GRAD 9050: Preparing Future Professionals for Post-Graduate Studies Careers (1 credit)
This specialized leadership and transferable skills course aims to help students recognize their potential and versatility for careers within and beyond the academy. Beyond leadership theory, the course is framed by 4 competency areas: 1) Analytic competencies; 2) Personal competencies; 3) Communication competencies and 4) Organizational competencies. Learning is enhanced with short text readings and videos in the course management system.
GRAD 7303: Communication and Culture for American College Teaching (4 credits)
This class focuses on the linguistic aspects of teaching as well as specific pedagogical and cultural aspects of the American classroom. It will emphasize fluency development at the suprasegmental level and interactive teaching skills, like organizational, questioning, and compensation strategies. This teaching skills/ communication development course is recommended for non-native English speaking students seeking teaching assistantships. This course is offered as part of ITAP. Click here to learn more.
GRAD 9304: Instructional and Communication Strategies for Effective College Teaching (4 credits)
This class focuses on teaching and presentation strategies including using discussion and interactive learning. The linguistic emphasis is on reduction, linking, and speech patterns. This teaching skills/ communication development course is recommended for non-native English speaking students seeking teaching assistantships. This course is offered as part of ITAP. Click here to learn more.