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CoMInDS Summer Workshop

Improving the Preparation of Graduate Students to Teach Undergraduate Mathematics

Location: The University of Maine, Orono, Maine
Dates: July 12-14, 2018

Is your department interested in helping graduate students learn to teach? Perhaps your department is considering starting a teaching-focused professional development program. Or maybe your department has a program but is interested in updating and enhancing it. Many departments now offer pre-semester orientations, semester-long seminars, and other opportunities for graduate students who are new to teaching so they will be well-equipped to provide high-quality instruction to undergraduates.

With funding from NSF (grant DUE-1432381), CoMInDS (College Mathematics Instructor Development Source) is an MAA-based project that provides instructional materials and guidance to departments as they establish or revise their graduate student professional development programs.

This summer, we are offering a workshop for faculty involved in these efforts. Over the course of three days, the morning of July 12 through early afternoon of July 14, on The University of Maine campus, participants will:

  • learn how to design a successful graduate student professional development program
  • gain familiarity with research and evaluation related to teaching and instructor preparation
  • gain access to a large collection of lessons, activities, and assignments to use in your program

Built into the schedule for the workshop will be time for participants to:

  • plan or revamp their professional development program
  • network with others from around the country who run graduate student professional development programs

Departments are encouraged to send two-person teams to the workshop. We have funding to support the costs of registration, lodging (in individual rooms on campus) and food for all participants. We have a limited amount of funding available to subsidize participant travel to the workshop. We ask that you make use of at least partial travel support from your home institution if feasible in order to maximize the number of people who can participate.

The University of Maine is located 13 miles from the Bangor International Airport. There are direct flights to Bangor from Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Newark, New York (LaGuardia), Detroit, and Chicago. Direct bus service is available from Boston.

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Bios of Leaders

Natasha Speer
Department of Mathematics & Statistics
Maine Center for Research in STEM Education
The University of Maine

Dave Kung
Department of Mathematics & Computer Science
St. Mary's College of Maryland
Director, MAA's Project NExT

The workshop leaders are both faculty in departments of mathematics with a variety of experiences related to graduate student professional development. Both do scholarly work on graduate student teaching and learning, including research on knowledge of student thinking and its development. They are contributing authors of the Video Cases for College Mathematics Instructor project, co-leaders of MAA PREP workshops on college mathematics teaching, and are co-authoring a book on student thinking about mathematics for use by novice college mathematics instructors. Dave is director of the Mathematical Association of America’s professional development program for new faculty, MAA Project NExT and Natasha is co-PI on the CoMInDS project.