News and Announcements

Fall 2020 Lunch & Learn Webinar Series

The Fall 2020 Lunch & Learn webinar series is designed to provide critical information for faculty as they prepare their courses in one of the fall 2020 instructional modes. Each webinar will address specific considerations for course design and teaching effectively both in-person with social distancing and remotely. They will focus on practical strategies and ideas that can be realistically implemented in the time we have before the fall 2020 semester. Webinar content will be informed by faculty, grounded by actual Penn State curricula, and delivered by learning design and faculty development experts.

All webinars will be offered via Zoom and will be recorded.

For more information, click here.

Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence offers fall programming

The Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence will offer resources and virtual workshops during the fall 2020 semester in order to support the teaching efforts of Penn State instructors.

To read the full Penn State News story, click here.

Resources & Discussion Forum on Canvas for TAs

The Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence has curated a collection of resources to assist graduate students who teach or TAs at Penn State.
To join the Resources & Discussion Forum for TAs, click here.

Graduate Assistantship Opening in Instructional Consultation

The Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence (SITE) has an opening for a Grade 14 graduate assistant for the Spring 2021 semester. This is a half-time (20-hour) assistantship. SITE provides teaching/learning resources to TAs and faculty across all Penn State campuses. We work collaboratively with individual instructors, groups of instructors, departments, and other academic units, colleges, and campuses to develop and assess teaching strategies to enhance student learning.

Required: Status as a doctoral student who has completed all coursework and will have passed all aspects of the comprehensive exams before October 1, 2020; one or more semesters of autonomous teaching experience (i.e., as a solo instructor) at the college level, in any discipline; interest in helping faculty and graduate students learn more about teaching; interest in working in a fast-paced, collaborative, and supportive environment.

Beneficial but not required: Knowledge of learning theory, design, assessment, and/or educational evaluation; teaching experience with a variety of course formats (lecture, lab, seminar, recitation, online, etc.); experience as a peer teaching mentor or similar leadership role.

Responsibilities: Facilitate existing teaching workshops and short courses such as the Course in College Teaching; develop new programs and workshops for a diverse clientele, particularly graduate student instructors and teaching assistants, including international teaching assistants; consult with faculty and TAs on course planning, delivery, and evaluation; keep up to date on teaching/learning research; develop Web and social media resources on teaching and learning.

How to apply:

  • You can find the job ad by going to the "Career" tab in Workday and searching for any of the following terms:
    • graduate assistant in instructional consultation
    • Schreyer Institute
    • REQ_0000007150
  • Please upload a cover letter, CV, statement of teaching philosophy (1 page), the Schreyer Institute conditions and requirements form (, and contact information *only* for 2 references (your adviser and one faculty member familiar with your teaching).
  • Please label your files using this format: LASTNAME_DOCUMENT (e.g,. Chen_CV).
  • For full consideration, please upload materials by October 8, 2020.