Teaching Opportunities for Graduate Students
The graduate program in History at the University of Georgia
takes pride in training graduate students to be effective
teachers at the post-secondary level. All graduate students
who will serve as teaching assistants are required to take
GRSC 7770, a special seminar designed to prepare teaching
assistants for assignments at the University of Georgia
as well as for potential careers
involving instruction at other institutions. Students are trained in
leading discussions using various teaching methods, dealing with classroom problems effectively,
self-evaluating teaching, and pedagogical and practical
approaches for beginning TAs as well as for future post-secondary educators.
Shortly before their comprehensive examinations,
doctoral students take history 8001,
a hands-on course in preparation for teaching
college history classes. Topics covered include
designing a course; designing a lecture sequence;
preparing and delivering lectures; developing multimedia presentations; selecting readings
and leading discussions;
writing assignments; testing and evaluation; educational psychology;
and teaching ethics.
All students on assistantships have opportunities to serve as graders
and as discussion section leaders. After careful peparation, PhD students
customarily teach their own classes.
At the Center for Teaching and Learning, graduate students are provided with resources for Teaching Assistant Support, including
a Teaching Assistants Orientation before fall classes.