Tuesday, August 15, 2017 • Nebraska Union & Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center

Updates for this year coming soon

Meanwhile these pages still show last year's details to give you an idea of what kind of events and sessions to expect.

All activities listed below will be in the Nebraska Union. Room information will be provided upon check-in.

7:45 AM to 8:15 AM

Check-in and Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM to 8:45 AM


Timothy Carr, Ph.D., Interim Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Graduate Education

Donde Plowman, Ph.D., Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer

Lisa Rohde, Ph.D., Associate Director of Graduate Student Development

8:45 AM to 9:45 AM

Keynote: Signal, Not Noise: Becoming a Better Teacher By Listening to Student Resistance

Anton Tolman, Ph.D., Professor of Behavioral Science, Utah Valley University

10:00 AM to 11:15 AM

Skill Development Sessions

Assessing and Intervening to Reduce Student Resistance to Learning in the Classroom
Anton Tolman, Ph.D., Utah Valley University

Creating & Maintaining a Positive Classroom Environment
Brandon Bosch, Ph.D., Sociology and Political Science

Designing & Delivering Effective Lectures
Samuel Nelson, Ph.D., Center for Entrepreneurship

Grading Lab Reports and Essays
Cory Forbes, Ph.D. & Diane Lally, School of Natural Resources

Teaching as ResearchProfessional Development Session for Experienced Graduate Students
Cal Garbin, Ph.D., Department of Psychology

Developing Materials for Hands-on/Active Learning
Nathan Wakefield, Ph.D., Department of Mathematics

Using Technology to Promote Student Learning
Guy Trainin, Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Academic Integrity & Introduction to CIRTL

Neal Bryan, Associate Director of Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Development

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM


1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Disciplinary Breakout Sessions

Join new and experienced TAs in your discipline and learn about effective teaching methods relevant to the teaching you’ll be doing as a TA—for example, holding office hours, grading papers, running a lab, or teaching a recitation.

Life Sciences & Natural Resources
  • John Markwell, Biochemistry
  • Chad Brassil, Biological Sciences
Physical Sciences
  • Rick Hartung, Chemistry
  • Alissa Horn, Chemistry
Social Sciences, Business & Education
  • Cal Garbin, Psychology
Studio Courses in Art & Music
  • Aaron Holz, Art
  • John Bailey, Music
Math and Statistics
  • Christine Kelley, Mathematics
  • Jessica De Silva, Mathematics
Engineering & Computer Science
  • Chris Bourke, Computer Science & Engineering
  • Naji Albakay, Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Ufuk Kilic, Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • June Griffin, English

2:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Wrap Up Session: Advice for New and Returning TAs

Adam Blood (Communication Studies), Erica Miller (Mathematics), and Seema Pande (Chemistry)