Each year the Linguistics department faculty selects a Lead Graduate Teacher, who is then trained by the Center for Teaching and Learning. The Lead’s role is to help support Linguistics graduate students who are currently teaching recitations, labs or full courses, as well as those who plan to do so in the future.
The Lead Graduate Teacher undergoes a comprehensive training program addressing academic management, learning styles, cultural differences, teaching styles and how to effectively consult on teaching. Once trained, the Lead then returns to the Department to assist with training of new TAs, conduct a pre-semester teaching orientation, lead Department-internal workshops and help graduate teachers achieve the requirements for CTL certification.
Most important of all: remember that the Lead Graduate Teacher is here for you. The Lead has been trained to consult with other teachers using video consultations, microteaching sessions, pedagogical theory and supportive classroom observations. In addition, the Lead is happy to discuss any teaching-related problems or questions you may have. Leads also have information about many different resources around campus, which can help you as a graduate teacher.
You can get more information about becoming a Lead and the Center for Teaching & Learning in general, as well as a full schedule of CTL-sponsored events at the CTL website. You can also see a list of discipline-specific offerings for Linguistics graduate teachers on the CU Linguistics Training and Events page.