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PIE Coffee Hour & Teaching Workshop Series

Come join fellow TAs and instructors discuss strategies and techniques that promote excellence in teaching and learning – bring your questions, concerns, and ideas – the pie & coffee will be provided!

These workshops also count towards the PFF and/or PFP Certificates , as well as the Advanced PIE Teaching Training Recognition .

Our Spring 2017 PIE Coffee Hour & Teaching Workshops will be held from 3:30-5pm in the Great Hall (4th floor) of the Honors, Scholars & Fellows House on the following dates:

  1. Tuesday, 1/24/17 (Topic: Maintaining Professional Classroom Relations) - Click here to register.
  2. Thursday, 2/9/17, 1:30pm–3:00pm., and 3:30-5:00pm (this is the same session given at 2 different times),(Topic: How to Create a Teaching Portfolio ) - *Click here to register for Session 1 (1:30-3pm), *Click here to register for Session 2 (3:30-5pm)
  3. Monday, 2/27/17 (Topic: Go Big or Go Home: Activities for Large Classrooms ) - Click here to register.
  4. Thursday, 3/23/17 (Topic: Formative Assessment and Review Strategies) - Click here to register.
  5. Monday, 4/3/17 (Topic: Engaging Students with Social Media, Apps & More!) - Click here to register.
  6. Wednesday, 4/19/17 (Topic: Creating Student-Centered Learning Environments) - click here to register!

For more detailed workshop descriptions, and materials from all of our PIE workshops, please visit our "PIE Coffee Hour & Workshop Series" page .

Also, see our Spring 2017 PIE Workshop Flyer - print, post, email, and share with others/post in your department! 

We encourage pre-registration (so we can be sure to have enough pie & coffee on hand!).

*Please also note, The Office for Distance Learning (ODL) also offers workshops on teaching techniques & strategies that will assist with online teaching as well as face-to-face teaching.  To view and register for these workshops (which also count for PFF/PFP/PIE credit) visit: https://distance.fsu.edu/spring-workshop-series


Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards

PIE coordinates the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards (OTAA) . These awards recognize graduate student teaching assistants (TAs) for their distinguished contributions to undergraduate student learning through excellence in instruction. Recipients of the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards (OTAA) are recognized at the annual spring Celebration of Graduate Student Excellence event. Nominations for the 2016-2017 year was closed on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 at 11:59 PM. 

Please click here to see the recipients of the 2015-16 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards.

And click  here to see a list of those nominated for the 2016-2017 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.


Fall 2017 PIE TA Orientation/Teaching Conference

The annual fall PIE TA Orientation/Teaching Conference is held the Wednesday and Thursday the week prior to the first week of classes each fall. This conference includes sessions that provide graduate students with teaching policy training requirements as stated in the University-wide TA Standards  along with best practices in grading, communicating with students, encouraging critical thinking in the classroom, and Blackboard and technology usage. By the end of this training, participants will be able to explain and have procedures in place to address University policy issues related to the Academic Honor Policy, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Discrimination-Sexual Harassment-Retaliation. Participants will also be equipped with strategies to help navigate use of Blackboard features essential to their role as a TA, communicate effectively with students, and provide productive student feedback.

Who should attend?

  • New graduate student TAs (and new graduate students who do not yet hold a TA assignment, but will likely do so in the future)
  • Returning graduate student TAs who wish to improve their teaching
  • Any graduate student interested in teaching, or who will hold a TA position in the future
  • Post Docs
  • Faculty and staff are also welcome

Where: New Classroom Building (HCB 101)

When: Wednesday and Thursday, August 23 & 24, 2017

            -Wednesday 8/23/17, 9am-4pm

            -Thursday 8/24/17, 9am-3pm

Registration is not yet open for the Fall 2017 PIE Conference.

To view the Fall 2016 Conference program, click here .

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Spring PIE Teaching Training Workshop/TA Orientation

The annual spring PIE Teaching Training Workshop/TA Orientation is held the Friday of the first week of classes each spring. This workshop includes sessions that provide graduate students with teaching policy training requirements as stated in the University-wide TA Standards along with best practices in grading, communicating with students, and Blackboard and technology usage. This TA training is delivered partly face-to-face and partly online via Blackboard, the centrally supported course management system at FSU. By the end of this training, participants will be able to explain and have procedures in place to address University policy issues related to the Academic Honor Policy, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and Discrimination-Sexual Harassment-Retaliation. Participants will also be equipped with strategies to help navigate use of Blackboard features essential to their role as a TA, communicate effectively with students, and provide productive student feedback.

The face-to-face portion of the Spring 2017 Teaching Policy Training/TA Orientation will be held Friday, January 13, 2017, 1:00--4:30 p.m., in The Great Hall on the 4th floor of the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House. Click here to register .

Please Note: You need to complete ONLINE training prior to this Workshop/Orientation if you are required to complete the University-wide TA policy trainings in FERPA, FSU Academic Honor Policy, Sexual Harassment and Discrimination, and American with Disabilities Act (ADA). Please consult your academic department for any questions regarding if you are required to complete these trainings through PIE. Email us at: pie-info@fsu.edu to request to be enrolled in these online trainings!!

This abridged workshop is primarily offered to meet the needs of new graduate students who will be teaching in the spring or summer and others who were unable to attend the annual fall PIE teaching conference because of exceptional, circumstances that have been documented by the graduate student's academic department (or the department that is appointing the student as a TA).

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