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Authors: Jill M. McSweeney, Nayha Acharya, Giovana B. Celli, Colin Jackson, Marissa Ley & Raghav V. Sampangi
Proceedings of the 2014 AAU Teaching Showcase, vol. XVIII, pp. 49-52
Teaching and learning is a critical component of professional development in graduate school. However, it is often overlooked and undervalued by students, who focus on developing research skills and projects in their disciplinary fields. While many universities offer teaching development opportunities (e.g., workshops or certificates), there is often an absence of student community and networking focused on teaching. To facilitate deeper engagement with teaching and learning and more thoughtful teaching practices, the Centre for Learning and Teaching (CLT) at Dalhousie University created the CLT Champions Program in 2013. The Champions are a group of graduate students from different faculties who meet monthly to discuss peer-reviewed literature and research on teaching theory and practice, and develop student-led initiatives to promote teaching and learning efforts across the campus. The program has attracted a group of passionate students who share their challenges and successes with teaching, and provide peer support and mentorship for each other. This session will first discuss building an interdisciplinary community around teaching and learning, and empowering graduate students through their development as teachers. Then, the Champions will share their own experiences from their disciplinary lenses (e.g., Law, Health Promotion) and how the program has had benefits beyond teaching. To conclude, participants will be asked to reflect on the involvement of graduate students in teaching and learning at their own institutions and how student-led programs can help create further professional development and growth.