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UTHSC News: Teaching and Learning Center Helps PhD Student Progress Toward Career in Academia


Alaina Grissom, MS, from Rochester, New York, has always aspired to be an educator. With a passion for the field of speech and language pathology, she is pursuing a career that merges both fields.

As she prepares for graduation in May 2024, a program in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Teaching and Learning Center has provided support toward her goal to further her training in education.

The Future Educators Academy (FEA) supports graduate students and residents across various disciplines in becoming successful educators. It is structured in two parts, the first consists of completing six self-paced asynchronous TLC medallion courses. The second is the submission of a capstone project, including a teaching portfolio and teaching demonstration, in preparation for academic job interviews. During the program, participants receive hands-on support from TLC consultants.

“I really appreciated the variety of information they collected for each of the different medallions, and how it was a great mix of research in specific areas with practical tips on how to implement them into the classroom,” she said. “And the assignments allow those who are completing the program to really think about how we might implement them into our own classes in the future.”

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