Part-Time Instructor Development
Part-Time Instructors (PTIs) are a vital part of the Georgia State University community and bring a variety of experiences from a myriad of backgrounds. Some of our PTIs are retired faculty, some are successful members of the business and legal fields, and still others are new to teaching and honing their craft. At GSU, it’s not unusual to find PTIs who have taught our students 20, 30, or even 40 years!
CETL offers development opportunities specifically tailored to meet the needs of our PTIs. We hope that by doing so, we can create a space for these dedicated teachers to learn from one another and improve their pedagogical acumen and their social network. Below are some of the resources CETL regularly offers for Part-Time Instructors at GSU.
Resources for NEW PTIs
New PTIs can prepare for the semester by working through our PTI on boarding site and completing the PTI iCollege course. Both of these resources are designed to help new PTIs get up and running quickly for a successful semester.
On boarding Page
The on boarding page helps new PTIs, especially those hired very close to the start of the semester, find all the resources they need to prepare for teaching at GSU.
PTI iCollege Course for New Faculty
CETL offers an iCollege course for new PTIs. The course includes basic pedagogy lessons, information on GSU policies, and opportunities to interact with other new faculty members through discussions. PTIs can either click through the site to brush up on ideas or departments can ask PTIs to complete the course assignments as proof of training. To be added to the PTI iCollege site, contact Jennifer Hall.
CETL offers two big gatherings for PTIs: the faculty development day and the evening of technology. Each of these gatherings is designed to provide PTIs with an opportunity to network with fellow PTIs and gain knowledge that can prepare them to teach at GSU.
Part-Time Instructor Faculty Development Day
Each August CETL offers a symposium for GSU Part-Time Instructors. The day-long symposium is held on a Saturday before the semester begins. All PTIs are welcome to attend, and we especially encourage new PTIs to take part.
Our goals for the symposium are:
Goal 1: Enhance teaching practices at GSU
Goal 2: Promote desired student behaviors
Goal 3: Increasing awareness of best-practices at GSU
Goal 4: Foster a sense of community
At the GSU Part-Time Instructor Symposium, we offer pedagogical development workshops for instructors who are new to teaching and for veteran teachers. Previous workshops have included discussions on providing feedback, classroom management, active learning strategies, GSU technology and more. Click here for the 2018 PTI Faculty Development Agenda
Part-Time Instructors Evening of Technology
In January, 2019 CETL hosted its first Evening of Technology for Part-Time Instructors. This event was designed to introduce new and returning PTIs to some of GSU’s innovative teaching and learning tools. Attendees were able to work in small groups with trainers to learn about and use some of the teaching tools GSU offers. Sessions included a variety of iCollege workshops, from beginner to advanced, as well as workshops on everything from using GSU email systems to creating video lectures. There was so much interest in the first Evening of Technology that CETL plans to continue offering training opportunity in future semesters. To see what went on at the 2019 PTI Evening of Technology, click here.
Pedagogy Workshops, Awards and Mentoring
CETL offers support and throughout the year in smaller venues, including Pedagogy and Technology workshops, Mentorship, and Awards.
Each semester, we host a variety of research-based, pedagogy workshops and technology training opportunities. For more information on workshops offered through CETL, check out the calendar on our main page: cetl.gsu.edu
Every spring, CETL recognizes a PTI for their achievements in the classroom with the PTI Pedagogy Award. PTIs are nominated by their departments for this award. The award winner receives a $500 stipend in the summer, recognition on our website, and a great line for their CV.
We also offer individual mentoring for PTIs who need advice and planning sessions for departments who work with PTIs on a regular basis. You can make an appointment for an individual consultation or take advantage of our 20-minute mentor subscription.
For questions about individual appointments and department consultations or for access codes for the 20-minute mentor subscription contact Jennifer Hall, CETL Associate Director for PTI Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org