Spring 2019 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

For additional information and testimonials, download our Preparing Future Faculty/Professionals informational brochure here.

GS 600: Preparing Future Professionals (2 credit hours)
Instructor: Dr. Nathan Vanderford; Thursday, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.; Jacobs Science Building 203

Designed to introduce graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to various career paths beyond the professoriate. Students develop an understanding of what is needed to transition into nonacademic 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.

GS 610: College Teaching Seminar (1 credit hour)
Instructor: Dr. David Sacks; Wednesday, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.; Jacobs Science Building 337

Addresses a wide range of teaching and learning issues in the college classroom and is intended for graduate students who want to prepare for future academic careers and enhance current teaching activities. Examines pedagogical issues in a general format with opportunity for discipline-specific applications. This course can serve to augment any department- based programs.

GS 620: Teaching in the 21st Century: Inspiring Curiosity (1 credit hours)
Instructor: Dr. Hannah Ruehl; every other Monday, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.; Patterson Office Tower 145

Curiosity is what has guided many of us into academia, but not every student has been taught to be curious. This class explores what curiosity is, its place in academia/the classroom, and ways of inspiring curiosity in your classroom. Through discussion-based classes, visiting speakers, and light readings, this course is designed to complement graduate students interested in having careers in academia. This class will meet every other week.

GS 630: Instructional Technology (1 credit hours)
Instructor: Dr. Mike Wallace; Tuesday, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.; King Library 213E 

Addresses pedagogically sound and effective applications of instructional technologies (IT) in college teaching. Course goals include examining the impact of IT on learning outcomes, teaching strategies, and instructional assessments; developing proficiency in creating slide decks, designing and managing instructional websites, facilitating digital dialogue, and 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.

GS 650: Preparing Future Faculty (2 credit hours)
Instructor: Dr. Jeffrey Bieber; Tuesday, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.; Gatton Business and Economics Building 131

Designed to introduce graduate students to the roles and responsibilities of faculty and to assist future faculty in understanding the variety of institutional types where faculty serve. Students will focus on the academic expectations, institutional identities, and particular policies and procedures that characterize different types of institutions of higher learning. Skills to help future faculty apply for positions and achieve early and lasting success in their appointments will also be addressed.

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)