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Liaisons, Consultants, and MinT Programs

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You’ve already served as a TA, and now you want to do more teaching and take your skills to the next level. VPTL has three programs to support you.

VPTL Liaisons Program

VPTL Liaisons foster two-way communication between VPTL and their home departments by promoting VPTL programs and resources, working with VPTL to customize teaching services, and supporting an energetic exchange of ideas. Liaisons attend a quarterly VPTL lunch to share experience and tips with each other. Being a liaison helps you learn about exciting opportunities, meet liaisons from other departments, develop a community of practice with other graduate students and learn about professional development opportunities.

Learn more about becoming a VPTL Liaison

Nominations for the liaison position come from the individual department, so contact your department chair or faculty/staff TA coordinator if you are interested in being considered for this role.

VPTL MinT (Mentors in Teaching) Program

VPTL’s MinT Program trains experienced TAs to become department-based Teaching Mentors. After training, they support their departments’ TAs in specific courses, implement activities for the TAs to improve their teaching skills, provide feedback to departments about what TAs need to be effective in their duties, and act as a resource on teaching in general.  The primary mission of the program is to equip these Teaching Mentors with the skills, resources and content knowledge necessary to be most effective to their department.

Learn more about becoming a Teaching Mentor

If you or your department would like to establish a Teaching Mentor position, please contact the MinT Coordinator, Jennifer Schwartz Poehlmann.

VPTL Consultants Program

VPTL Consultants are highly experienced TAs selected on the basis of outstanding teaching evaluations and interpersonal skills. After training, these graduate students provide peers in many departments with such VPTL services as one-on-one teaching consultation, mid-quarter student evaluations, and classroom observation/analysis. Past consultants have found the role to be a valuable opportunity for professional development in teaching.

After applying and being selected, consultants receive training in effective mentoring strategies, along with a modest financial award.

Meet our 2016-17 consultants

Learn more about becoming a VPTL Consultant

If you are interested in applying to be a consultant for the next academic year, read more at Become a VPTL Consultant.