Spring 2018 GS Courses

The following may be taken as stand-alone courses or as a selected set leading to a Graduate Certificate in College Teaching and Learning.  Information about the certificate can be found here: http://gradschool.uky.edu/graduate-certificate-college-teaching-learning

GS 600: Special Topics: PREPARING FUTURE PROFESSIONALS (2 credit hours)
Instructor: Dr. Nathan Vanderford
Thursdays, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Jacobs Science Building, Rm. 203

Preparing Future Professionals is designed to introduce graduate students and postdoctoral scholars and fellows to various career paths. Students explore careers paths, develop an understanding of what is needed to transition into selected careers, identify resources that can aid in obtaining a job within a chosen career path, and develop action plans that will prepare them to transition into a career path of interest. Students have the opportunity to interact with a number of guest speakers from a variety of different career paths or who are career development experts. Prerequisite: Graduate student standing.

Instructor: Dr. David Sacks
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Jacobs Science Building, Rm 243

Addresses a wide range of teaching and learning issues in the college classroom. Intended for graduate students who want to prepare for future academic careers and enhance current teaching activities, this seminar will focus on making teaching and learning more effective, efficient, and creative. Developing effective teaching strategies early in one's career can reduce the time and stress associated with teaching, free up time for other scholarly work and collegial interactions, produce positive student evaluations, and, most importantly, enhance student learning. Prerequisite: Graduate student standing.

Instructors: Drs. Nicole Martin and Ashley Sorrell
Tuesdays, 4:00-5:30 p.m., Patterson Office Tower, Rm 110

Shifts in U.S. cultural and political discourse have had a significant impact on the institutional climate of higher education. Recent years have seen an increased demand for educators to be responsive to these changes through their pedagogical approach in the classroom. This course prepares graduate students to respond to this call by equipping them with the theoretical grounding and methodological praxis for creating an inclusive classroom. The course is framed within a critical race and critical pedagogical lens and is designed to be interdisciplinary by nature.  Prerequisite: Graduate student standing.

Instructor: Patsy Carruthers
Tuesday 4:00-5:30 p.m., Jacobs Science Building, Rm. 243

This seminar addresses pedagogically sound and effective applications of instructional technologies (IT) in college teaching. Course topics include examining the impact of IT on learning outcomes, teaching strategies, and instructional assessments; designing and managing instructional web sites; facilitating online dialogue; conducting distance learning courses; and considering how IT affects faculty roles and responsibilities, the nature of the college classroom, and the future of higher education.  Prerequisite: Graduate student standing. 

GS 650: PREPARING FUTURE FACULTY (2 credit hours)
Tuesdays, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Gatton College of Business & Economics, Rm. 165
Instructor: Dr. Jeffery Bieber

A seminar designed to introduce graduate students to the roles and responsibilities of college and university faculty and to assist them in understanding the range of institutions in which effective teaching and learning take place. Students will focus on the academic expectations, institutional identities, and particular policies and procedures that characterize different types of institutions of higher learning. Applying for faculty positions and achieving early success in faculty appointments will be addressed. Prerequisite: Graduate student standing.

Facilitating Instructor: Dr. Morris Grubbs

An independent study course designed to provide opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars pursuing a Certificate in College Teaching and Learning to explore special problems related to college teaching that bridge or fall outside the domain of departmental efforts; graduate students exploring faculty development as a career option; and students who currently hold full-time teaching positions in colleges or universities and who are interested in professional development or credentialing in College Teaching and Learning. Prior approval from the Certificate Director prior to registration for this course is required. May be repeated to a maximum of six credits. Prerequisite: Graduate student standing.

Facilitating Instructor: Dr. Morris Grubbs

The Teaching Practicum is a mentored teaching experience that not only immerses the graduate student in teaching but also fosters reflection on the experience, provides structured feedback and plans for improvement, and guides students in developing a teaching portfolio. The practicum may require that the graduate student assume full responsibility for a course, under the guidance of a mentor teacher. Supervision for the practicum experience is a joint responsibility of the Certificate director/faculty and the student’s mentor. Credit will not be assigned until the graduate student has submitted a course teaching portfolio that focuses on the practicum experience. Prereq: EPE 672; GS 610 (or equivalent) and enrollment in the Graduate Certificate in College Teaching and Learning; consent of Certificate director required.

See notes below on tuition funding for Professional Development courses:

1.      If you have an assistantship (TA/RA/GA) and are pre-Qualifying Exam, tuition for professional development courses is normally covered by your assistantship, just as your program courses are.  If you have an assistantship as a TA and are enrolled in your program’s 767 course (Dissertation Residency Credit), your DGS should email Dr. Kevin Sarge, Associate Dean of Funding, in the Graduate School (kevin.sarge@uky.edu) to request approval for tuition coverage for professional development courses. If you have an assistantship as an RA or GA and are enrolled in your program’s 767 course, taking classes in addition to 767, within or outside a graduate certificate program, will result in tuition charges to your adviser’s grant or department account. 

2.      If you are an international doctoral student who is pre-Qualifying Exam, or are a master’s student, and are already enrolled for 9 credits, there should normally not be an additional charge for tuition for taking additional courses.  Please see the registrar’s tuition page and consult your DGS to ensure that your program has that threshold for full tuition as some may not (http://www.uky.edu/registrar/2017-18-Tuition). 


If you have a question about whether or not your assistantship will cover tuition for professional development courses, contact Dr. Kevin Sarge (Kevin.sarge@uky.edu), Associate Dean for Funding, or Dr. Morris Grubbs, Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Professional Development (morris.grubbs@uky.edu).  If you are an international student and have a question about whether or not your visa status will allow you to take professional development courses, contact Mr. John Honeycutt in the International Center (john.honeycutt@uky.edu)