Graduate Teacher Training

In 2016, the Department of Sociology’s Teacher Training Program, co-founded by Dr. Maralee Mayberry and Dr. Christina Partin, received the Southern Sociological Society’s (SSS) Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award. Just a few months later, Mayberry and Partin showcased the program in Seattle, WA, at the ASA’s Director of Graduate Studies Pre-Conference Workshop titled “Excellence in Graduate Student Teacher Training: Practical Insights for Graduate Programs and Their Leaders.”

Although the program dates back to 2001, it has evolved to provide M.A. and Ph.D. students with the skills and experiences necessary to bolster their applications to Ph.D. programs and academic jobs across the country. The program now includes: a graduate-level Teaching Sociology course; experiences as a Teaching Assistant with guidance from our faculty; opportunities to teach courses as the Instructor of Record with guided mentorship from the department’s Director of Pedagogy; involvement in mentorship as a Teaching Associate Mentor; development of a holistic teaching portfolio and statement of teaching philosophy; and the opportunity to engage with and develop the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) by using undergraduate courses as sites to conduct research on effective pedagogy and student learning.

Those wishing to learn more about our award-winning teacher training program can read about it on page 3 of our most recent newsletter.