The UATA offers workshops, brown bags, and other programs with practical hands-on training that instructors can immediately apply in the classroom.
> Graduate Teaching Assistant Programming
Short workshops focused on pedagogical matters introduce new graduate teaching assistants to the practice, expectations and responsibilities associated with college teaching.
> Adjunct Academy
Short workshops prepare instructors who will teach UA courses in an adjunct role. Advance-level support provides long-term adjuncts with opportunities for renewal.
> Teaching Assistance
Consultations: Consulting services provide instructors with expert support on pedagogical and curricular matters. UATA consultants will meet one-on-one or in small groups with faculty, post-docs and graduate student teachers to:
- Provide tips and techniques for classroom management, inclusive teaching and active learning
- Develop course materials
- Locate and apply pedagogical resources
- Offer guidance on teaching techniques, styles, activities and assessment
- Create and revise teaching statements
- Collect feedback from students and make any necessary adjustments to course delivery, content and/or assessment
- Develop remediation plans for instructors based on evaluation feedback
Teaching Observations and Assessment: Observation and assessment of both online and on-site classes provide instructors with feedback on their teaching. UATA faculty are available to:
- Visit classrooms of faculty, post-docs and graduate student teachers to observe their teaching
- Watch prerecorded lectures and/or view Blackboard or other content for in-person or distance learning classes to observe and assess content delivery
- Use a rubric or observation form to offer written feedback
- Provide face-to-face or written feedback to the instructor following the observation
- Schedule a follow-up observation, if needed
- Provide documentation for faculty review, tenure and promotion materials
- Refer instructors to the Consultation Team for further assistance, if needed
> Innovation Lab
The Innovation Lab offers instructors an open space to try out new software tools and receive hands-on support for improving their teaching practice. Led by faculty and staff who are experts in teaching with technology, the lab will expand faculty access to teaching techniques and technologies. Located in University Hall, it will open to the public in Spring 2024.
> Quality Matters
The Quality Matters Teaching Online Certificate prepares instructors to demonstrate knowledge mastery of online teaching. The rigorous seven-workshop series provides current and potential online instructors with an in-depth student experience as they learn the background knowledge to successfully teach online.
> Excellence in Online Teaching
This five-module professional development program was developed by a dedicated team of technology and pedagogy experts to help you provide the best possible online learning experience for your students. The course models the practices and strategies used by the OTIDE Instructional Design Team when developing online courses for UA Online students.
> Teaching Fellows Program
The TFP provides distinguished faculty with professional development through rigorous training, mentorship, and scholarly opportunities. In year one fellows participate in training activities; in year two, they offer training activities to first-year fellows.
> Service Opportunities
Are you interested in serving as part of our League of Extraordinary Teachers? Do you have skills and knowledge that you would like to share with our faculty, post-doc, and graduate student teachers and staff? We are looking for dedicated teachers with a record of excellence to serve on our team. Each appointment comes with a stipend. A year-long commitment is preferred.