Graduate Courses on University Teaching and Learning (GRED)

Short, credit-bearing summer graduate courses on university teaching and learning in various fields are available to all graduate students. They are taught by experienced Notre Dame faculty. 


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Enrollment opens Mar. 22
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2018 Summer Courses:

GRED 60501 Teaching Engineering Tutorials and Laboratories (1 cr.)

05/29-05/30 TW 09:00a - 4:00p
CRN 1917
Bill Goodwine, Engineering

This course is intended for teaching assistants in engineering disciplines. Topics covered will include:

  • professionalism
  • learning styles
  • classroom procedures
  • characteristics of Notre Dame Undergraduates
  • sensitivity to diversity

A short presentation of a topic in your discipline is a course requirement.

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

07/02-07/06  MTRF 09:00a - 12:00p
CRN 1141
Philippe A. Collon, Physics

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.

GRED 60610 How to Teach Effectively and Prepare for an Academic Career in the Humanities & Social Sciences (1 cr.)

05/14-05/17 MTWR 1:00p - 4:00p
CRN 2062
Jason M. Ruiz, American Studies

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. Topics covered will include:

  • Academic positions and expectations
  • Teaching and teaching skills
  • Research
  • Service

We will explore a wide range of topics for each of these areas, including the preparation of a C.V., an explanation of the tenure process, syllabus construction, the use of technology in teaching, setting up a research agenda, participation in professional societies, external grants, citizenship in the university and society, and principles for a successful career. This course emphasizes the practical requirements of the professor. It is designed for those on the job market, but is open to any who want to learn about the requirements of academia.

GRED 60612 Effective and Exciting Teaching in Social Sciences and Humanities (2 cr.)

05/29-06/08 TWRF 09:00a - 12:30p
CRN  1731
Jessica Collett, Political Science

This course is designed for graduate students who want to prepare for classroom teaching and increase their classroom effectiveness. The course introduces the logic of and mechanics for developing an effective repertoire of teaching techniques. Topics covered will include:

  • how to give an engaging and effective lecture.
  • how to run dynamic discussions.
  • the advantages and dangers of using technology in class.
  • how to design exams and writing assignments, and how to grade them.
  • working with teaching assistants.
  • designing a class and syllabus
  • creating a teaching portfolio

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

06/04-06/15 MTWRF 9:00a - 11:30a
CRN 3385
Matthew Capdevielle, University Writing Program

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. Through 10 class meetings, 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. Through short readings, discussion, and hands-on workshops, participants will explore the theory and practice of good writing pedagogy. The course topics include:

  • Understanding the role of writing in the learning process
  • Understanding the writing process itself
  • Designing writing assignments to foster creativity, deepen understanding, and ensure academic integrity
  • Defining standards for evaluation of student writing
  • Sequencing writing assignments to optimize student engagement 
  • Commenting on student writing to maximize the learning benefit for students and minimize the time spent grading
  • Using rubrics for assessment
  • Handling plagiarism
  • Productive conferencing with students (one-to-one)

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

05/14-05/17 MTWR 9:00a - 5:00p
CRN 1074
David R. Hyde, Biological Sciences

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
  • Learning to deliver clear and engaging lectures
  • Fostering critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Incorporating collaborative learning
  • Using technology well
  • Standard, flipped, hybrid and online courses
  • Assessment: what it means for the student and the instructor
  • Designing laboratory 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 77101 Universal Design for Learning and the Humanities 

06/25-06/28 MTWR 9:00a - 12:00p

Lorraine Cuddeback, University Writing Program

This course is for graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, or faculty interested in addressing disability and diversity within their classrooms. While most institutions of higher education have offices designed to provide accommodations for students with disabilities, this course goes beyond accomodations to ask how we might proactively structure our syllabi in a way that facilitates learning for students from a range of backgrounds and abilities. In this sense, UDL provides a valuable way to engage diversity within the classroom. This one-credit course features the following topics:

-The range of definitions and models of disability as used by the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the obligations these create on university campuses;
-Principles and background information on UDL;
-The particular challenges of integrating UDL into a writing-based course;
-Best practices for UDL in a humanities classroom;
-How to structure a syllabus or assignment according to UDL.

Attendees will be able to workshop a syllabus or assignment that they can use for future teaching and collaboration.