Mar 18, 2013 | Atlanta, GA
Sandi Bramblett volunteers to teach GT1000 because it provides her with an opportunity to interact with students — something she generally doesn’t get to do as executive director of Institutional Research and Planning and Decision Support Services.
“Teaching GT1000 serves as a reminder that Tech exists to educate the next genera- tion,” said Bramblett, who has been teaching the course since 2002 when it was known as “PSYC 1000.” “I routinely hear from former students, and it’s always gratifying to know that they’re doing well, and we had a positive impact on their experience at Tech.”
If you’re interested in teaching a section of GT1000 Freshman Seminar in Fall 2013, now is your chance to become involved. The Center for Academic Enrichment is currently seeking faculty and staff members to teach.
The one-credit seminar helps new freshmen adjust to college life, learn about their majors and related careers, and introduces them to campus resources. Each section has between 20 to 25 students, and instructors are assisted by upper-class students known as “Team Leaders,” added Steven Girardot, assistant vice provost for undergraduate education.
“We welcome people from any department at Georgia Tech, provided they have a minimum of a master’s degree in any field, have been employed at Tech for a year as of this summer, and have the support of their department,” he said. “If a staff member has a bachelor’s degree, he or she may serve as a co-instructor in a section, provided we can find a primary instructor who has a master’s degree.”
The Center for Academic Enrichment provides the course curriculum, resources, and training, and the time commitment is usually a minimum of two to three hours per week — an hour of class and one to two hours of administrative work.
During the summer, the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning and the Center for Academic Enrichment host a training program for all new and returning instructors.
“The first time you teach is the hardest, because you don’t know what to expect,” Bramblett said. “But if you are interested in the students as people, the rest flows pretty well.”
The deadline to apply is April 19, but applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis. For more information, email Nirmal Trivedi, director of academic transition programs in the Center for Academic Enrichment.