Eligible Activities

The following activities may be applied towards the Teaching and Communication Certificate. Registration for workshops and semester-long development series is available through REPORTER.

Workshops

In this two-part workshop, we will explore strategies for making your first day in the classroom a success. In the first session, we will discuss and practice lesson planning. In the second, you will “microteach” a brief lesson and receive feedback. Open to ALL graduate students and postdocs regardless of your teaching experience.

You may apply up to 3 hours from this workshop toward the Teaching and Communication Certificate.


In this two-part workshop, we will explore strategies for writing a teaching statement that is professional yet personalized. In the first session, we will look at models of effective and ineffective teaching statements and hone our ability to critique and revise them. In the second session, participants will present their own draft teaching statements for peer review. Open to ALL graduate students and postdocs regardless of your teaching experience.

You may apply up to 3 hours from this workshop toward the Teaching and Communication Certificate.


In this two-part workshop, we will explore strategies for managing conflict in the classroom. In the first session, we will examine various approaches to preventative and reactive conflict management, using real-life examples. In the second session, participants will role-play a variety of scenarios to practice assertive conflict management. Open to ALL graduate students and postdocs regardless of your teaching experience.

You may apply up to 3 hours from this workshop toward the Teaching and Communication Certificate.


In this two-part workshop, we will explore strategies to make PowerPoint slides more visually engaging and interactive. In the first session, we will analyze effective and ineffective forms of visual communication. In the second session, you will present your own slide(s) for peer review. Slides can be course- or research-based. Open to ALL graduate students and postdocs regardless of your teaching experience.

You may apply up to 3 hours from this workshop toward the Teaching and Communication Certificate.


In this workshop we will cover topics to help you become a more effective presenter and public speaker. This workshop will NOT focus on the creation of visuals for presentations, but rather the information you will include, the delivery, and body language.
You may apply up to 3 hours from this workshop toward the Teaching and Communication Certificate.

In this two-part workshop, we will explore ways to engage with students’ diverse learning styles. In the first session, we will conduct a self-assessment and discuss concrete strategies to motivate students according to their learning style. In the second session, you will receive feedback on an activity that you designed based on what you learned in the first session. Open to ALL graduate students and postdocs regardless of your teaching experience.

You may apply up to 3 hours from this workshop toward the Teaching and Communication Certificate.


In this two-part workshop, we will consider best practices for reading, analyzing, and using the data from your course evaluations. How can you make your evaluations work for you, so that they become part of a cycle of reflective teaching practice? How can you use them as evidence of effective teaching in your job materials? How can you separate constructive criticism from ad hominem attacks and excessive praise? And how can you supplement your standard course evaluations to get the information you really need to improve your teaching?

You may apply up to 3 hours from this workshop toward the Teaching and Communication Certificate.


In this two-part workshop, we will explore strategies for delivering a compelling, accessible academic job talk. In the first session, participants will reflect on the purpose of their talk as well as its audience, and will engage in a number of exercises to help them pitch their research to an interdisciplinary audience. In the second session, 1-3 speakers will present their job talk for peer review. Open to ALL graduate students and postdocs regardless of your teaching experience.

You may apply up to 3 hours from this workshop toward the Teaching and Communication Certificate.


In this two-part workshop, we will go beyond formulating learning outcomes to consider their use for both course planning and assessment. In the first session, we will use backward course design concepts to practice using outcomes as planning and assessment tools. In the second session, participants will share an activity and assessment sequence that they’ve developed from a specific learning outcome. Open to ALL graduate students and postdocs regardless of your teaching experience.

You may apply up to 3 hours from this workshop toward the Teaching and Communication Certificate.

This workshop introduces students to expectations for graduate student writers. We will cover important issues such as writing into a scholarly community, choosing an appropriate citation style, and much more. Participants will be exposed to academic writing pedagogy in the United States as well as cultural variations in learning styles.

Copyright agreements are a part of the publication process that many scholars struggle to understand, but the terms of those contracts can limit how many people see your work, make it difficult to comply with mandates from your funding agencies, and cost you a fair share of your royalties. Similarly, copyright anxiety in the classroom can limit your ability to be an inspiring instructor. Join Will Cross, an attorney in the Copyright & Digital Scholarship Center, for a discussion about what those contracts say and what you can do to make sure you have the rights you need as a scholarly author and instructor. Sometimes the most important writing you do is in your contract.

You may apply up to 2 hours from this workshop toward the Teaching and Communication Certificate.

This is an introductory workshop focused on the basics of Moodle.  Our workshop will take place in ITTC Lab 2 at D.H. Hill Library.  This space is a more collaborative design than the traditional “computer lab” model, so there are no desktop computers.  We invite you to bring your own laptop.  Otherwise, a set of MacBook Airs are also available upon request for your use during the workshop.  If you wish to bring a charger, the lab has ample outlets to support your need.

You may apply up to 2 hours from this workshop toward the Teaching and Communication Certificate.


With this workshop, you will learn how to use Moodle to provide feedback on students’ assignments.

You may apply up to 2 hours from this workshop toward the Teaching and Communication Certificate.


This workshop gives you all of the tools needed to get started with using G Suite in academic and professional settings.

You may apply up to 2 hours from this workshop toward the Teaching and Communication Certificate.


With this workshop you will learn tips and tricks for using Google Sheets and Forms.

You may apply up to 2 hours from this workshop toward the Teaching and Communication Certificate.

Professional ePortfolios are a great way to highlight skills and experiences that don’t fit on your Curriculum Vita or resume. For example,

  • Have you created course materials?
  • Have a video of you teaching or presenting your research?
  • Have a side project you want to highlight?

All these are perfect uses for an ePortfolio. This workshop will walk you through the benefits of having an ePortfolio as part of your job search. Then we will start setting up your own ePortfolio. We will be using Google Sites which is free with your NCSU Gmail or any Google Account. Bring your own laptop, or you could borrow one from the library. Please bring a laptop and any digital content you want to add; there will be time for you to get help during the second half of the workshop.

You may apply up to 2 hours from this workshop toward the Teaching and Communication Certificate.

A growing number of students on college campuses are first-generation college students, meaning neither of their parents have earned a four-year degree. First-gen students face academic, financial, and socio-cultural challenges at college, including knowledge of how to navigate university bureaucracy or financial resources to pursue unpaid internships and study abroad. It is critical for instructors to understand the challenges these students face in order to better support them.

During this workshop we will review the prevalence of first-gen students on college campuses, some of the challenges they face, and how instructors can better support them. A panel of student affairs professionals will join us to discuss best practices for working with this population.

You may apply up to 2 hours from this workshop toward the Teaching and Communication Certificate.

Development Series

This development series aims to provide graduate students and postdoctoral scholars with an introduction to “backward course design,” a method that involves structuring course content according to desired results rather than “coverage.” We will practice writing learning outcomes that can be used for purposes of design and assessment, refine a discipline-specific syllabus through multiple peer-reviewed drafts, and consider the syllabus as a starting point for the creation of individual lesson plans as well as full-scale curricula. Finally, we will explore the uses of instructional technology in the context of course design. Participants can include the syllabus in their professional portfolio as evidence of their ability to apply a results-oriented methodology to the management of a learning and/or working environment.

You may apply up to 44 hours from this development series toward the Teaching and Communication Certificate.


The Teaching and Presentation Practicum is designed to give graduate students at all levels, as well as postdoctoral scholars, the opportunity to engage in microteaching opportunities that will allow you to develop and refine your teaching and presentation skills in a supportive environment. You will read about a variety of strategies along with concrete examples of how they are used before tailoring specific strategies to your field of expertise. Each microteaching segment will be digitally recorded so that you have the opportunity to assess your own work; you will also benefit from giving and receiving constructive peer feedback related to teaching and presentation skills. Your final project will involve revising a previously taught segment in order to improve its efficacy. The recording of your project can be used in your professional portfolio as evidence of your teaching skills.

You may apply up to 44 hours from this development series toward the Teaching and Communication Certificate.

Communicating about your area of specialization involves so much more than content expertise and a captive audience. In this development series, we will explore tools and strategies to help you communicate more effectively with students, specialists, and the public alike. Topics will include motivation and development models, inclusive learning environments, the debate around teaching and learning styles, visual communication and multimodality, and more.

You may apply up to 44 hours from this development series toward the Teaching and Communication Certificate.

In this development series, you will draft and/or refine a variety of personal statements (e.g. teaching, research, diversity); identify and gather evidence of effectiveness in teaching, research, service, and/or other areas of professional activity; and use basic design principles to create an engaging online portfolio of your work.

You may apply up to 44 hours from this development series toward the Teaching and Communication Certificate.

The US Academic Writing for International Graduate Students development series is split into two parts. Part A is an 8 week series of workshops that will begin the first week of classes and end the last week of February. In part A of this development series, we will focus on pre-writing activities such as critical reading, note taking strategies, use of Mendeley/Refworks/other citation management systems, paraphrasing/quoting/summarizing, finding and using resources on campus. New graduate students and/or students at the beginning of a writing project will benefit from this series.

You may apply up to 16 hours from this development series toward the Teaching and Communication Certificate.

The US Academic Writing for International Graduate Students development series is split into two parts. Part B is an 6 week series of workshops that will begin in March and end the last week of classes (April). In part B of this development series, The second part  will focus on peer review, writing in the students’ disciplines, understanding conventions and types of academic writing, asking/receiving/and giving feedback, writing parts of the research article, preparing and presenting research, and communicating with diverse audiences.

You may apply up to 16 hours from this development series toward the Teaching and Communication Certificate.

Credit-Bearing Courses from Our Partners

This special topics course will examine the theory, practice, and research and evaluation
of learning in informal contexts. The main focus of the coursework will involve collaborative projects working with community partners who offer informal learning programs. Examples of possible community partners are the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, NC Museum of Art, NC Museum of History, NC Farmer’s Market, and NCSU Libraries. Taught by Dr. K.C. Busch.

Additional Activities

Held in August, this full-day workshop offers a number of sessions on teaching-related topics. In addition to providing a basic overview of best practices in teaching and related topics, the workshop is intended to connect participants to resources that they can draw on in the future.

You may apply up to 7 hours from the New TA Workshop toward the Teaching and Communication Certificate.


The Graduate School, the Office of Faculty Development & DELTA have collaborated to create a Faculty and TA Retreat to facilitate effective communication and collaborative course planning for future courses. We ask faculty members to register themselves as well as their graduate students; you may add up to 3 TAs.

You may apply up to 3 hours from the retreat toward the Teaching and Communication Certificate.