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UK GradTeach Live!: Teaching Philosophy in Practice

Event Location: 
Worsham Cinema, Gatton Student Center
Event Date: 
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 5:00pm

The Graduate School and the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching are excited to host the University’s inaugural GradTeach Live! this spring where current and former graduate teaching assistants can showcase an aspect of their teaching philosophy and how they put it into practice. The event is modeled after the 3-Minute Thesis competition, with the challenge to engage the audience in their teaching approach and example in 5 minutes or less. GradTeach Live! is both an appreciation for the dedicated teaching assistants who are central to the university’s teaching mission and an opportunity for graduate students to hone their skills at verbalizing their teaching and classroom practices as they would in interviews, teaching demonstrations, and chalk talks.

Please see the call for applicants below for more information and to apply. You can also visit For further questions, contact Dr. Ashley Sorrell (

Call for Applicants

As a graduate teaching assistant, you are vital to UK’s teaching mission. You have dedicated your time and emotional labor to enhancing the learning experiences and success of undergraduates while balancing your many responsibilities as a graduate student. Now it’s time to showcase your contributions in a celebration of the impactful teaching and learning occurring across campus. UK GradTeach Live! offers graduate students the opportunity as a current or former TA (recitation leader, lab leader, or primary instructor) to showcase their teaching philosophy and instructional skills to the university community.

Participants will have 5 minutes and up to 3 slides to engage the audience in their pedagogical grounding/teaching philosophy and present a concrete example of what that philosophy looks like in the classroom or lab. The event offers the unique opportunity to practice how to talk about your teaching engagingly in interviews, teaching demonstrations, or chalk talks. The central challenge is to do so in a way that engages and holds the attention of your audience just as you engage and hold the attention of your students.

Written examples of how this presentation might be structured will be made available on the Graduate School’s website ( Your presentation does not have to follow the structure provided in the written vignettes. These scenarios are provided merely to help you think about an aspect of your teaching philosophy and the concrete way you incorporate it in the classroom or lab.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the first place ($750), second place ($500), third place ($250), and people’s choice ($250) winners! Click the following link to register for UK GradTeach Live! Registration will close at midnight on March 8. Register at

Preliminaries will take place on March 19 from 5:30-7:30 pm (location TBD). Finals will be from 5:00-7:00 pm on April 9 in Worsham Cinema in the Gatton Student Center.