Program for Instructional Excellence (PIE)

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The Program for Instructional Excellence

The Program for Instructional Excellence (PIE), a unit of The Graduate School, strives to enrich the learning experience for undergraduate students at FSU by supporting the teaching efforts of graduate student teaching assistants through its various services. PIE offers professional development programs that create opportunities to foster a sense of collaboration and community among all graduate student teaching assistants, and any graduate student interested in learning best practices in teaching and learning while at FSU.

For more information about PIE, please see our Informational Brochure.  

See below for more information about our Spring 2023 Coffee Hour & Teaching Workshop Series!

Experienced TAs can apply to become PIE Associates and serve as a mentor for TAs in their own academic department and university-wide.


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Come join us for our signature PIE Coffee Hour & Teaching Workshop Series! All are welcome to attend our teaching workshops, which are geared toward fostering professional development in teaching across a wide range of topics. 


Spring 2023 Coffee Hour & Teaching Workshop Series


Creating a Teaching Portfolio

Tuesday, February 7th

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Virtual via Zoom

In this online workshop, PIE staff will guide participants in the development of a comprehensive and effective electronic teaching portfolio. PIE staff will also discuss the requirements for the submission of teaching portfolios for nominees of FSU’s Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award (OTAA).

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Creating a Diversity Statement

Postponed - New Date & Time TBA

Join PIE Director Dr. Lisa Liseno and Assistant Director Caity Bente, who will demonstrate how to create a compelling Diversity Statement that clearly articulates the ways in which you promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in your teaching and research practices.


Equitable Grading Practices

Tuesday, March 7th

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
In-Person: Nancy H. Marcus Great Hall (HSF 4003)

When grading with another TA or as part of a team, one of the biggest challenges is ensuring that all graders are on the same page. PIE Teaching Associate Domonique Caro-Rora will provide workshop participants with practical strategies for ensuring fairness and consistency among graders.

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Facilitating Challenging Conversations in the Classroom 

Thursday, March 30th

1:00 Pm - 2:30 PM 
In-Person: Nancy H. Marcus Great Hall (HSF 4003)

This in-person workshop, led by PIE Teaching Associate Kristin Amaya, will introduce participants to strategies for presenting and handling sensitive topics in the classroom, as well as techniques for successfully managing conflict in a learning setting.

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Creating Canvas Assignments for Accessibility

Friday, April 14th

Virtual via Zoom

Join PIE staff and PIE Teaching Associate Darius Robinson as we guide participants in the development of accessible assignments in Canvas. This workshop will offer live demonstrations and opportunities for hands-on practice.

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Workshop Materials


Check out our Workshop Materials archive, where you can find recordings, PowerPoints, and handouts from recent PIE Coffee Hour & Teaching Workshops!

Click here to access our archives

Spring 2023 PIE Book Club


Coming soon! Join us this February as the 2022-2023 PIE Teaching Associates lead a series of engaging discussions of Kirsten T. Behling and Thomas J. Tobin's (2018) Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education.

Digital copies of our Spring 2023 Book Club pick are available for free via FSU Libraries:

Stay tuned to our website for Spring 2023 Book Club dates and times!

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The PIE Teaching Associates are pleased to offer Peer Teaching Observations this semester. PIE Teaching Associates can provide you with documented, constructive feedback on your classroom teaching. 

Download our PIE Teaching Observation Form to learn more about PIE's peer observation criteria.



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