Teaching & Mentoring

Preparing Future Leaders (PFL) offers a variety of teaching and mentoring experiences to support graduate students at every stage of their teaching responsibilities.  From pre-teaching to succeeding as a teaching assistant to preparing for a faculty career, graduate students will find the resources they need to teach effectively.

New teaching assistants are introduced to teaching during the Teaching Assistant Orientation. Held every August, the TA orientation is part of New Graduate Student Orientation. Topics include classroom management, establishing credibility and authority in the classroom, and effective teaching strategies. Orientation is required for all new graduate students with teaching assignments. In addition, the Graduate School offers the Graduate Student Summer Teaching Institute, which will be offered next in Summer 2014.

Graduate students who want more information about teaching strategies and techniques can attend Fundamentals in Teaching (FIT) workshops. These workshops provide training and support for all graduate students who are interested in learning the basic concepts of teaching. Teaching experience is not required.  Participants can take one workshop or many, depending on their interests and schedule.

Graduate students with teaching responsibilities may enroll in the Certificate of Accomplishment in Teaching (CoAT) program. CoAT is designed to provide training, support, and recognition to graduate students who teach at NC State University. Participants receive a certificate, transcript notation, and letter of recommendation. Those who have attended FIT workshops can transfer up to three of their workshop credits into the CoAT program. Advanced graduate students may also apply for the Mentoring and Teaching Practicum and/or the "Featuring Scientists and Engineers in the Writing Classroom" Program as part of their professional development in teaching.

Advanced doctoral students who are interested in a faculty career may apply for a fellowship in the Preparing the Professoriate (PTP) program. PTP offers advanced doctoral students a preview of a career as a faculty member through a year-long mentoring experience complemented by a series of seminars focused on the professional life of a faculty member. PTP fellows earn a transcript notation upon completion of a professional portfolio documenting their experience.

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In addition to these programs, the Graduate School also provides resources, articles and other materials to support teaching. To access these materials, visit the Teaching Resources web site.

For faculty members, the Graduate School provides the Interdisciplinary Consortium for Advancing TA Training (iCATT). iCATT offers resources and support for faculty members who coordinate training programs for graduate teaching assistants. 

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Preparing Future Leaders partners with the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs to provide a range of professional development opportunities in teaching for postdoctoral fellows.