President's Report 2007

Innovative graduate teaching program goes province wide

Graduate student Vikrant Adsool (right) assists undergraduate chemistry student Mark Tobin (left).

The Teaching Opportunities for Graduate Assistants (TOGA) program for graduate students started as a pilot in 2005 and went campus-wide in fall 2007. This successful professional development program supports graduate students in their roles as teaching assistants (TA) and helps build their knowledge about teaching and learning.

TOGA is also aimed at enhancing graduate career development and success, supporting faculty and undergraduate learning and complementing graduate recruitment initiatives, said Dr. Chet Jablonski, dean, School of Graduate Studies

On a national scale, Dr. Jablonski said the initiative places Memorial on the leading edge. “TOGA puts Memorial on the front of the graduate student professional development curve. I’m very proud of TOGA and think it will gives us an edge that will help Memorial attract the very best students for their gradate training.”

“The experience I gained from TOGA has not only proven to help me in my teaching opportunities, but also with my own studies,” said Lindsay Babcock, a graduate student in the Department of Linguistics. “For me, TOGA is an excellent program that aids in developing tutoring skills. I definitely feel more confident as a tutor and I feel this program immensely improved my abilities to help others, which is not limited to academics alone.”