Welcome to the GSTA blog!
In an effort to keep the Graduate Student Teaching Association (GSTA) blog current, we regularly welcome submissions from graduate students as well as full-time faculty. As a blog team, we advocate for and promote inclusion, equity, and anti-racism in pedagogy (see updated GSTA Position Statement from the Steering Committee). At this critical juncture in history, we have declared our solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter and are motivated to use this platform to feature voices for change in the following areas as outlined by the GSTA:
Suggestions relating to decolonizing syllabi by including the work of scholars and psychologists from diverse identities and backgrounds.
Tips on adopting anti-racist and culturally responsive teaching and assessment practices.
Recommendations on creating inclusive learning environments that celebrate diversity and do not tolerate discrimination.
Strategies on discussing how discrimination and inequity have shaped the field of psychology and the world around us with students and colleagues.
Tips on engaging with students and colleagues across disciplines in activism to create change in classrooms, institutions, and communities.
Input on being compassionate and supportive to students, colleagues, and ourselves during these times.
We are also still committed to diversifying blog content to include submissions ranging from new research in the area of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), public interest topics related to teaching and psychology, occasional book reviews, as well as continuing our traditional aim by including posts about teaching tips. Example topic areas include:
Highlights of your current SoTL research
Issues related to teaching and psychology in the public interest
Reviews of recent books related to teaching and psychology
Teaching tips and best practices for today's classroom
Advice for successfully navigating research and teaching demands of graduate school
We would especially like activities that align with APA 2.0 Guidelines!
The blog posts are typically short, ranging from about 500-1000 words, not including references. As it is an online medium, in-text hyperlinks, graphics, and even links to videos are strongly encouraged!
As we focus the spotlight on inclusion and non-discrimination, we will continue to provide graduate students and faculty an outlet to share their experiences, ideas, and opinions regarding graduate students’ teaching practices.
If you would like for any questions to be addressed, you can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will post them as a comment on your behalf. If you are interested in submitting a post, please email us at email@example.com.