Doctoral education is a powerful enculturation process, but is sometimes disconnected from the realities of jobs available to new faculty. Did you know that 102 universities produce 80% of all US doctoral degrees awarded annually? And yet, these new PhDs will become faculty members at one of America’s 3500 diverse colleges and universities, a majority of which have missions, values, cultures, and conceptions of faculty roles and responsibilities far different from those of doctorate-granting research universities.
This reading group is for those who supervise TAs. We met last spring, and welcome new participants. We will consider the question of the mismatch between the training that graduate students receive and the jobs they will take, with an emphasis on teaching. We will examine literature on doctoral education, best practices in TA training and mentoring, and our own experiences. We will also work on a website to be housed at CTE.
This group will meet on Thursdays, January 27, February 24, March 31, and April 28.