|Title:||Ready to Teach : Graduate Teaching Assistants Prepare for Today and for Tomorrow|
|Author:||Edited by Will Davis, Jan Smith, & Rosslyn Smith|
A refereed collection of papers based on presentations made during Changing Graduate Education: The Sixth National Conference on the Education and Employment of Graduate Teaching Assistants. – Edited by Will Davis, Jan Smith, and Rosslyn Smith, this excellent volume provides a rich array of insights into TA preparation methods. Ready to Teach embodies the diversity of scholarship and practice involved in preparing graduate student instructors to teach in higher education. In this volume, graduate student instructors, faculty members, administrators, professionals in instructional and faculty development, and specialists in English as a Second Language reflect and opine, share best practices, and report on foundational research. The result is a wonderful mixed bouquet, with individual pieces appropriately varied in complexity, sophistication, and intended audience.
|About the Author:||
Will Davis is the Coordinator of Instructor Programs in the Teaching Resource Center at the University of California, Davis. He is responsible for all campus-wide programs for the development of graduate student instructors, including administering the peer consulting services provided through the TA Consultant Program. For many years he directed the Program in College Teaching, a certificate program for graduate students preparing for faculty careers. He is now the instructor for the Seminar in College Teaching, a quarter-long program to prepare graduate students to teach their first course. He is also a faculty member for the Community College Faculty Preparation Certificate Program offered by California State University, Sacramento, and he teaches an introductory biology course for non-majors at American River College.
was Co-Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning Services at the University of Minnesota when she hosted Changing Graduate Education: The Sixth National Conference on the Training and Employment of Graduate Teaching Assistants which took place in Minneapolis, Minnesota, during November 6-9, 1997. Jan’s energy and expertise made the conference a success, and her skill at organizing, attention to detail and enduring patience significantly influenced Ready to Teach.
is Vice Provost for Outreach and Extended Studies, director of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center, and a faculty member at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. She is the former director of the international teaching assistant program, and her current responsibilities include the administration of instructional development programs for faculty and teaching assistants. She is co-author of Crossing Pedagogical Oceans: International Teaching Assistants in U.S. Undergraduate Education and served as a commissioner for the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA).
2002 [ISBN: 0-58107-060-8; 212 pages soft cover; 8.25-by-10.75-inch]