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PROF-it Seminars: 2008-2009

2008-2009 PROF-it Seminars & Activities

All students are invited to attend all seminars. Seminars will be color-coded (see above) for convenience.

Students are invited to enroll in the PROF-it (Professors-in-training) Blackboard course for in-depth information and updates on PROF-it.
Click the Community tab, type “PROF-it” in the organization search window, when the search results appear, page down and click “enroll” in the far right column.
OTHER DETAILS ABOUT THE UMBC-CCBC Graduate Teaching Fellows program can be found on this forum:

FALL 2008 Seminars & Workshops


TA Classroom Training for All Graduate Students
Monday, August 25, 2008
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Public Policy, Lecture Hall 9 (Room 105)
Morning Refreshments and Lunch will be served (free)

Topics & General Agenda:

8:30 a.m. Registration and morning refreshments

9:00 a.m. Welcome and Overview of Orientation
Speaker: Dr. Renetta G. Tull
Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Development

9:05 a.m. Effective Teaching Exercise and Discussion

Speaker: Elisabeth Arévalo-Guerrero
Ph.D. Candidate, Language, Literacy, and Culture (LLC)
Academic Teaching Staff on “The Scholar Ship”, a globally recognized academic program aboard a passenger ship that takes semester-long voyages around the world.

10:00 a.m. Introduction to PROF-it: Professors-in-Training

Opportunities between UMBC and the Community College of Baltimore
County (CCBC). UMBC/CCBC Graduate Teaching Fellows receive $2000, a mentor, and a Spring 2009 teaching experience at various CCBC Campuses.

10:30 a.m. Cheating and Academic Integrity Issues
Speaker: Dr. Janet C. Rutledge
Interim Vice Provost for Graduate Education, UMBC

11:15 a.m. Teaching with Technology: BlackBoard and

Speaker: John Fritz, Assistant Vice President for Instructional Technology

12 Noon Lunch

12:30 p.m. Group Discussions with Experienced TAs
(Grading, Holding Office Hours, Leading Discussion Sections, Teaching Classes, Running Lab Sections.)

“Teaching STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and Teaching in a Laboratory Environment”
Location: PUP, Room 105

Guest Speaker Panel (EXPERT TAs, recommended by their departments)

* Eli Zukowski, Chemistry
* Elizabeth Stanwyck, Mathematics
* Alen Agheksanterian, Mathematics
* Brian Dalton, Biological Sciences
* Akelia Wauchope, Biological Sciences
* Alicia Howard, Biological Sciences
* Don Miner, Computer Science
* Uday Acharya, Computer Science

“Interactive Teaching with Multimedia”
Guest Speaker: Violeta Columbo
Location: PUP, Room 208

Learn how to use videos, music, art, humanities and other modes in your classrooms to create engaging learning experiences.

“Teaching Social Sciences”
Guest Speakers from the UMBC/CCBC Teaching Fellows Program:
Steven Dashiell, Sociology
Thais Ragatko, Psychology
Location: PUP, Room 206

1:30 p.m. How Grad Students Should Deal With Conflicts in Their Environments (e.g. Instructor/Student conflicts)

Speaker: Adrienne Mercer, Director of Human Relations
UMBC Office of the General Counsel

2:00 p.m. Understanding Student Support Services and Working with Students with Disabilities
Speaker: Valerie Valentine
Student Support Services Office,

3:00 p.m. Adjourn

Co-sponsors: UMBC Faculty Development Center –

Office of Information Technology –

PROF-it, The Professors in Training Program


Preparation for the Professoriate Seminar
How to Put a Course Together (Course design, Curricular design, Design for each class, How to teach in 1 hour vs teaching for 1 semester.)
Friday, October, 10, 2008
Room 329 Commons
12 noon – 2 p.m.


Preparation for the Professoriate Seminar
Presenting Information in the Classroom Setting
Friday, November 7, 2008
Room 329 Commons
12 noon – 2 p.m.


Preparation for the Professoriate Seminar
Teaching and Learning Styles
Friday, December 5, 2008
Room 329 Commons
12 noon – 2 p.m.

Interviews for the UMBC-CCBC Fellows Program will be held by CCBC Faculty in December.


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