Plant Science graduate students in Plant Stress Biology, Crop, Soil & Pest Management and Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics are required to complete a teaching experience plan as part of their plan of study. Graduate students in Entomology are exempt. Graduate students may fulfill the teaching experience requirement through attendance in a formal course or as a course assistant in a Plant Sciences course or Extension presentation.
The first step is to discuss your plan with your advisor and committee. Once you have made a decision, you will need to submit the Student Plan for Teaching Experience form with your M1 or D2 form.
The suggested formal courses include:
Additional courses proposed by students will be considered on an individual basis by the Director of Graduate Studies.
You can find opportunities as a course assistant for either the fall or spring semesters. Contact the course instructors as early as possible on availability of teaching opportunities in their course, as individual course instructors will be responsible for choosing their course assistants.Fall Semester
To complete the requirements for the teaching experience, you will need to solicit feedback on your performance from the students in the course and the course instructor. Please download the TA evaluation form and make sufficient copies for all of the students in the course.
Teaching Experience Evaluation Form (PDF) (WORD)
Allow at least ten minutes of class time for completion of the course evaluation. The course instructor will be responsible for collecting the forms and submitting them to Christa Smith (52 Agriculture Lab). The course instructor will also be expected to write a letter evaluating your teaching performance. You should expect to receive a summary of the student evaluations and the letter from the course instructor.
Students will collaborate with extension faculty within the Division of Plant Sciences to participate in an approved extension teaching experience. Examples of appropriate extension experiences could include, but are not limited to: the development of training modules, websites, videos, publications, guide sheets, etc. related to a need identified by the student and faculty member within a given extension programmatic emphasis area. The extension faculty member may also choose for the student to develop a series of presentations related to a particular extension programmatic emphasis area and to deliver these presentations to appropriate audiences throughout the course of a given semester.
Individual extension faculty will be responsible for choosing and approving all students who wish to participate in an extension teaching experience, and will also decide on and approve each specific project. To complete the requirements for the extension teaching experience, you will need to solicit feedback on your performance from the extension faculty member who will be expected to write a letter evaluating your performance at the end of the semester.
Students with a strong interest in teaching may be interested in pursuing a minor in College Teaching.