The Graduate Teaching Certificate recognizes graduate teaching assistants (GA/RA/TAs) for their participation in the development programs offered by the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center. The certificate acknowledges these individuals’ commitment to effective teaching and can enhance their academic credentials.To qualify for this recognition, a graduate teaching assistant must have attended the full-day TA Orientation and at least five (5) programs of shorter duration offered by the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center. You can learn more about the certificate at facdev.niu.edu/tacert.
In the 2017-2018 academic year, 17 individuals earned the certificate. This is a record number, and is a reflection on the high-quality teaching assistants we have across the university:
- Ryan Blackburn, Department of Biological Sciences
- Nadia Biletska, Department of Anthropology
- Ashleigh Collins, School of Health Studies
- Benjamin Dobler, Department of English
- Hannah Eboh, Department of Geographic and Atmospheric Sciences
- Kai Funahashi, Department of Geographic and Atmospheric Sciences
- Ana Hernandez, Department of Sociology
- Maureen Hogan, Department of Educational Technology, Research and Assessment
- John Hood, Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sutainability, and Energy
- Susan Lawrence, Department of Biological Sciences
- JoAnn LoSavio, Department of History
- Jebediah McClure, Department of Management
- Kenie Moses, Department of Educational Technology, Research and Assessment
- Christopher Stewart, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
- Emma Thurau, Department of Anthropology
- John Turnbull, Department of English
- Corbin Tyson, Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education
It is easy to apply for the Faculty Development & Instructional Design Center Graduate Teaching Certificate! The application form is available online at facdev.niu.edu/tacertapp. If you have forgotten which workshops you have attended, or how many you have attended, you can review your workshop history at facdev.niu.edu/myprograms. Log in with both your A-ID and Z-ID to see all of your programs (if you have used different IDs at different times).
Certificates are sent to the teaching assistants’ department to acknowledge their commitment to effective teaching and present the certificates to them. If TAs need a few more workshops to qualify for the certificate, they are encouraged to check the current schedule of TA programs.