Most graduate programs focus on professional development related to research. The Biggio Center seeks to transform the way aspiring faculty members prepare for their careers in the academy as GTAs participate in teaching and learning development that distinguishes them from other applicants in higher education’s competitive job and grant markets.
Teaching @ Auburn: An Orientation
Each August and January, the Biggio Center hosts an orientation for new GTAs. In this teaching orientation you will learn about important classroom policies, familiarize yourself with the expectations of your new role as Auburn faculty, collaborate with peers on decision making in authentic teaching and learning scenarios, identify key resources to support your teaching, and ask and receive answers to your most pressing questions.
Preparing Future Faculty Online
Our Preparing Future Faculty program was transformed in Spring 2019 to help better serve the diverse needs and growing number of graduate students here at Auburn. Preparing Future Faculty Online are now two self-paced online courses (Professional Development and Teaching @ Auburn) designed to prepare graduate students for academic careers by maximizing their time at Auburn through strategic planning, crafting job materials that open doors, securing teaching experiences, and development in evidence-based practices. Successful completion of the courses will be recognized with a certificate from the Biggio Center and digital badge.
College and University Teaching Graduate Certificate
For graduate students looking for more extensive college teaching experience and preparation the College of Education offers a College and University Teaching Graduate Certificate open to all graduate students. The certificate requires 12 hours of coursework and a supervised teaching practicum to prepare you to teach at the college or university level.
Digital badges may be of particular interest to graduate students as they prepare for the job market. Not only do they certify learning in a specific area, digital badges provide evidence of your commitment to teaching and learning. Several Biggio Center workshop series have a digital badge component in which you first engage with our programming and then submit evidence of how you applied what you learned to improve your teaching.
Digital badges can be shared on departmental profile pages, social media sites, LinkedIn, and personal websites or ePortfolios.
Teaching Statements Guide
Teaching statements induce anxiety because no one ever talks about how to write them. We created a guide that provides practical tips for how to articulate your teaching philosophies, mine artifacts you already have for evidence of your specific teaching practices and experiences, and provides a framework for you to structure your statement around.
Housed in the Biggio Center, the Instructional Technology unit supports faculty and student use of innovative technology in and out of the classroom. This unit also administers Auburn University’s Learning Management System, Canvas.
Incorporating instructional technologies into your course can enhance student learning. But with so many options out there, it can be overwhelming to select and use a tool(s) that works best for your goals. The Instructional Technology unit has created help guides that offer instructions on a range of Auburn University licensed and non-licensed instructional technologies to get you up and running faster.
Housed in the Biggio Center, the Testing unit helps save faculty time by administering and proctoring exams for online or traditional classes. This unit also administers make-up exams and extended time/accommodated exams.
The Testing unit has created help guides that offer instructions on how to prepare for, administer, and set policies for an exam. These guides range from requesting help designing an exam to how to set up a proctor to how to use the Respondus Lockdown Browser.
Last modified: February 18, 2019