Teaching Assistant Training and Teaching Opportunity Program (TATTO)

The Laney Graduate School of Arts and Sciences has taken a leading role in establishing programs to allow PhD students the opportunity to develop strong teaching skills during the course of their graduate studies. All graduate students in political science are required to participate in the Teaching Assistant Training and Teaching Opportunity (TATTO) program. Usually at the beginning of their third year of study students attend a summer course on teaching. After completing this course each student serves one or two semesters as a teaching assistant in an introductory level undergraduate class, leading discussion sections, advising students, and grading exams. Students then spend a semester as teaching associates. As a teaching associate the student co-teaches an advanced undergraduate course with one of the departmental faculty in his or her area of specialization. The student and faculty member collaborate on all aspects of the course, including development of the syllabus, course lectures, grading and working with students. Graduate students who successfully complete these phases of TATTO and who have been admitted to PhD candidacy are eligible to compete for the prestigious Dean's Teaching Fellowships, which provide sixth-year support and full responsibility for teaching one course during the academic year.