Hats Off: AT Programs Wraps Up a Successful Year

The AT Program has officially wrapped for the 2017-18 academic year! This year’s program was perhaps its most successful, engaging 202 participants from Georgetown University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Continuing Studies, and McDonough School of Business. Over the course of the year we offered 19 workshops, two book clubs, and consulted with participants on nearly one hundred Authentic Teaching Tasks.

In addition to the AT Program’s regular offerings, there were several collaborative, interdisciplinary events. We hosted a book club both semesters, where participants discussed teaching techniques and lessons from Ken Bain’s What the Best College Teachers Do and James Lang’s Small Teaching. More than a mere book club, these meetings functioned as a de facto teaching circle, offering participants a deep dive on pedagogy and a chance to discuss their concrete teaching practices and ideas with colleagues. We also collaborated with Professor Mun Chun Chan and other faculty from the Biology Department on an extended workshop aimed specifically at graduate students teaching in STEM fields: “Designing for Lab Teaching and Recitations in STEM.” Additionally, Professors Karen Shaup and Phil Sandick, both from the Writing Program, facilitated a workshop targeting primarily humanities based participants titled “Designing Writing Assessments and Commenting on Student Work.”

Serving as something of a capstone, we’re excited to see a number of our graduate students leading sessions at the 2018 Teaching, Learning, and Innovation Summer Institute. As with past years, participants in the AT Program not only teach in multiple capacities, but directly impact Georgetown’s culture of teaching through innovating, experimenting, and sharing best practices.