University of Missouri

46-24: A Resolution in Support of Professional Development Seminars for Graduate Teaching Assistants

WHEREAS, MSA represents the interest of the undergraduate student body at the University of Missouri, and

WHEREAS, Professional Development is an important part of improving teaching at the University of Missouri, and

WHEREAS, Professional Development enhances the ability of teachers to learn new skills and apply them in classroom settings, and

WHEREAS, it is decidedly in the interest of an undergraduate student to have skilled teachers available to him/her throughout the duration of his/her undergraduate career, and

WHEREAS, the Graduate School and GPC currently sponsor Professional Development Seminars, and

WHEREAS, the Professional Development Seminars we endorse/propose are in addition to what is currently offered and are specifically targeted to needs of the undergraduate population, and

WHEREAS, the additional Professional Development Seminars we endorse/propose are supported by both the Graduate School and Steven R. Schuster, Vice President of GPC.

Therefore, be it resolved that MSA supports the Professional Development Seminar hosted by the Graduate School at the University of Missouri and Educational Technologies at Missouri, and

THEREFORE, be it further resolved that MSA encourages all graduate teaching assistants and post doctoral students to take advantage of the opportunity to enhance the use of visual aides in the classroom, which takes place on November 30th at 12:00 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. in Memorial Union North, Room 208, and

THEREFORE, be it further resolved that MSA supports further professional development seminars created with the needs of undergraduates students specifically in mind that specifically address technologies and visual learning as the need for them may arise, and

THEREFORE, be it further resolved that MSA encourages The Graduate School, GPC and Educational Technologies at Missouri to hold professional development seminars at least once per semester from the date of the implementation of this legislation, and

THEREFORE, be it further resolved that MSA stands fully behind these efforts to improve teaching at the University of Missouri and will, as a collective body, aid and assist the seminars and those who implement them in any way in which the Association sees fit.

Upon Passage this bill will be sent to the following parties: Dean Pam Benoit, Dr. George Justice, Liz Tummons, Dr. Lee Wilkins, President Mark Beard, Vice President Steven R. Schuster and President Thituin Boonseng.

Respectfully Submitted,

Jim Kelley Jonathan Mays
Academic Affairs Chair Operations Chair