Graduate Courses on University Teaching and Learning (GRED)

GRED courses are credit-bearing summer graduate courses on university teaching and learning in various topics and for various fields are available to all graduate students. There are both Summer Online and In-person (meeting on campus) offerings. Registration opens April 7.

2021 Summer Online GRED Courses


GRED 60410, Preparing for an Academic Career

Kristi Rudenga, ND Learning Kaneb Center for Teaching Excellence
Full Summer Online term, TR   9:30am - 11:15am    

In this practical, discussion-based course, students will develop skills and perspectives for applying to, interviewing for, and navigating within academic jobs. Students will reflect on their experiences, strengths, and goals; develop and receive feedback on their application documents; learn and practice interview skills; and discuss how to succeed in academic life. Students who complete the course will be better prepared for the academic job market as well as for the challenges and opportunities of higher education careers.

GRED 64011, Inclusive Teaching

Alex Oxner
June 15 - July 1, TR, 11:00am - 12:30pm    

In the wake of the 2020 election, recent racial justice protests, and politicization of language surrounding COVID-19, it is critical for instructors to design intentional and inclusive learning environments in order to support a diverse range of students. In this introduction to inclusive pedagogy and social justice-oriented curricula, we will read current research on the state of higher education. More importantly, we will develop practical strategies for fostering community within the classroom, exploring intersectional student identities, diversifying course content, and more. It is my hope that you will leave the class with the ability to articulate your own goals for inclusive teaching and learning. You’ll also create documents that can be used in future classrooms and on the job market for teaching-related positions.

GRED 64012, Intro to Teaching in Online & Hybrid Modalities    

Alex Ambrose & Brianna Stines, ND Learning
June 7-23, W, 6:30pm - 8:00pm (Plus asynchronous components)    

Distance education, online learning, massive open online courses, blended/hybrid, hyflex and dual-mode delivery— a non-exhaustive list of terms used to describe teaching and learning with at least some digital components. Now, perhaps more than ever before, it is critically important to demonstrate best teaching practices that transcend various modalities. During this six week course students will learn and apply pedagogical approaches, design principles, and explore digital tools that facilitate online/hybrid learning. This fully online course consists of asynchronous readings and videos and weekly live sessions. Modeling effective teaching strategies through the coursework, students will experience a variety of active learning strategies and understand the theory that supports them. Additionally, students leave this course with experience in practical strategies for using tools like learning management systems (i.e. Canvas), web conferencing (i.e. Zoom) , and other online collaborative tools to optimize teaching and student learning now and in the future.

GRED 60615, Teaching Writing/Teaching with Writing (2 cr)

Matthew Capdevielle, University Writing Program 
June 1-11, MTWRF 9:00am - 11:30am

This course is for graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and faculty looking to enhance their teaching by honing their skills as teachers of writing in their home disciplines. Participants will develop a deeper understanding of the role that writing plays in the learning process and will use that understanding to design writing assignments and activities that best support the learning goals of participants' courses. 

2021 Summer In-Person GRED Courses

GRED 60610, How to Teach Effectively and Prepare for an Academic Career in Humanities & Social Sciences    

Jason Ruiz. American Studies
May 24-28, MTWRF, 1:00pm - 4:00pm    

There are a number of issues relating to the culture of academic life that are typically left unaddressed in formal course work and degree programs, but which are of concern for those who plan to spend their careers in academic life. This course introduces doctoral students, especially those in the humanities and social sciences, to a number of these in an effort to promote professional development.

GRED 60640, Designing and Teaching Your First Biology or Chemistry Course (2 cr)

David Hyde, Biology
May 24-27, MTWR 9:00am - 5:00pm

This course is for continuing graduate students, primarily in Biology and Chemistry, who want to improve their effectiveness in teaching in the science classroom and laboratory. It is also intended as a preparation for those graduate students who intend to have a significant teaching component in their future career. Topics covered will include:

  • Steps in progressing from being a graduate student to a faculty member? What is expected when you start a new faculty position
  • Developing the fundamental tools for your first class: outline, syllabus, course materials
  • Learning to deliver clear and engaging lectures
  • Fostering critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  •  Incorporating collaborative learning? Using technology wellStandard, flipped, hybrid and online courses
  • Assessments: what it means for the student and the instructor
  • Designing a laboratory course and the appropriate experiments

Students will be asked to actively participate in the course through discussions, designing and delivering short lectures, and short writing assignments. This course is required for the completion of the Teaching Development Certification Program in Biological Sciences.

GRED 60601, Preparing for an Academic Career in Physics, Math and Engineering (1 cr.)

Philippe A. Collon, Physics
July 13-16, TWRF 9:00am - 12:00pm

This course will cover major issues in teaching and career development for students in science, mathematics, and engineering. Topics covered will include:

  • Preparing for an academic career
  • Finding academic employment
  • How academia works: postdocs, networking, publishing, and tenure
  • Teaching science, mathematics, and engineering at a university
  • Course and syllabus design
  • How to engage students in the classroom
  • How to gauge student learning
  • Balancing teaching and research

Students will be expected to give a short presentation on a topic of their choice within their own disciplines.