Graduate Student Teaching Intensive

Graduate Student Teaching Intensive 2019. A group picture of the GSTI after receiving their certificates.


This intensive is a five day professional development program that helps graduate student assess their teaching practices, refine teaching and learning approaches and improve communication for diverse learners. 

The Intensive includes:

  • Workshops sessions
  • Small group mentoring
  • Guided practice and reflection

Topics covered include:

  • Foundations of teaching and learning
  • Effective classroom management and instruction
  • Methods and strategies for teaching and learning
  • Assessment and evaluation


2020 Virtual Graduate Student Teaching Program

The Virtual Graduate Student Teaching Program will be July 28 – 30, 2020, with synchronous meetings daily (via Microsoft Teams) and asynchronous modules to be completed. We will be using the Elearning course for modules. Students may be nominated by their chair/director or self-nominate. Nominations will be accepted through July 15, 2020.

Nomination Form




The following comments have been retrieved from the 2018 and 2017 GSTI evaluation forms that were filled out anonymously by participants at the end of the intensive. 



  • "For the first day in this amazing workshop I had learned a lot, and in one day about WMU environment and to apply teaching tools in classroom."
  • "Day one gave me a good idea how the rest of the week would go. I had no idea when I started."
  • "It was a wonderful day, because I learned how to deal with students when they fail. What I have to do using motivation and helping them to pass this phase."
  • "I enjoyed trying out a diversity of acting learning strategies. While I implement them as a teacher, I haven't experienced them much as a student."
  • "Assessment tools for student learning, knowing the perfect tools and resources to improve student learning."
  • "A very productive day! Presenters did a great job breaking down material and giving us multiple ways to implement. Learned a great deal about DSS and effective ways to monitor student behavior."
  • "Dave Paul exercises with diversity were great! Gained a lot of insight into how unique each student is in ways that cannot be seen."
  • "Thank you all!"
  • "I really enjoyed participating in the diversity exercises because it was a good reminder to be aware that everyone has different experiences and to take that into consideration as an instructor."
  • "Presentation, wrap up, team time management, setting up what we have learned in 5 days. It was a great opportunity to go through this experience."
  • "At first, I was worried the active learning presentations would not be useful, but in the end, I learned a lot from my group and the others. It was helpful to have groups with different disciplines to hear other experiences and teaching methods."
  • "It was a great experience to work with my group. The fact that we come from different backgrounds and disciplines was very exciting. It brought wonderful ideas and insights during reading discussions and while working on the project."



  • "Shifted my focus of not just focusing on what "I" need to do, but rather consider the students perspective. The student panel was amazing."
  • "The tools for handling failing students and failing as instructors were well delivered."
  • "Really made me realize that it is ok to approach students and ask them if they are ok and if I can do anything to help. I am excited to look more closely at students’ lives and try to help/encourage better."
  • "These two presentations (regarding day 3) were amazing. They were informative and helpful on how to help our students."
  • "This was very much material that new instructors worry about, and I think it provided great information."
  • "Helped me realize that as teacher I really need to be aware of disabilities to better reach them, and I should on first day express my concern/openness to discuss this with anyone who needs to."
  • "I feel much more confident with helping students with disabilities and how to show them the support that Western can give them."
  • "This (for me) was the most useful day of the week (day 3). Especially about universal design of content and material, and how to deal with some students conduct and behavior."
  • "Presentation by Dr. Davidson was 'deep', thought-provoking and maybe a little uncomfortable – but important! It helped me to see at least some of my own biases and begin to think on how I could prevent them from negatively impacting students."
  • "Sarut’s portfolio was amazing and motivated me to take the year-long mentoring program. Hopefully I will achieve at the end of that program a great portfolio."
  • "I enjoyed the group presentations. I felt like we gave each other a lot of good tools, and we were able to practice a lot of what we learned."