campus partner(s)

University of Virginia






Graduate Student Teaching in the Arts and Sciences

award date


project director

Edward L. Ayers

University of Virginia

Grant Summary

$35,000 over 23 months to fund a pilot program to teach and rigorously evaluate a seminar for graduate students entitled "Teaching and Learning in Higher Education." Drawing on lessons learned from smaller-scale programs on teaching and course design, the course lays out an ambitious semester's reading that will equip future teachers with knowledge of how people learn, with an understanding of key debates about teaching and learning, and with the tools to design, teach and assess classes effectively. The evaluation will study students' attitudes toward teaching and learning, knowledge about teaching and learning, and classroom practices. Data on key course outcomes will be collected before and after the course. The evaluation will also track students in a subsequent semester, when they are teaching their own courses, to determine its effectiveness.