Post navigation

Teaching+Technology Support Partners

The TTSP program, a joint initiative of the office of the Provost and the office of the Vice President of Information Technology, teaches and advises graduate students to give faculty within a department or school support in using new technologies for teaching innovation. Schools and departments with a substantial undergraduate population are eligible.

whole group March 2015

TTSP Cohort 2014-2015

Pictured from left to right: Anne Ingram, Michael Pickard (Religious Studies), Heather Bowlby (English), Jennifer LaFleur (Classics), Michael Marsh-Soloway (Slavic Languages and Literatures), Guannan Wang (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Charles McAnany (Chemistry). Not pictured: Ryan Bibler (History), Judith Reagan.

Graduate Student TTSP Partners

What past partners say about the experience:

In my teaching, being a TTSP…

  • gave me a unique forum for discussing effective pedagogy
  • helped me learn and incorporate digital tools into my teaching
  • gave me hands-on experience in course design

In my academic training, being a TTSP…

  • helped me learn new tools to advance and organize research and data
  • provided me opportunities to connect with scholars in my field
  • taught me how to design my own digital tools
  • helped me develop relationships with my department’s faculty
  • introduced me to computational resources and how to use them
  • taught me how to learn new tech quickly
  • gave me practice in managing multiple projects at once

On the job market, being a TTSP…

  • gave me a competitive edge…employers ask about it
  • helped me distinguish myself as a scholarly blogger
  • gave me the opportunity to pursue an alternative-academic career
  • provided me with skills for careers outside of the academy

In the professoriate, being a TTSP…

  • enabled me to keep ahead of the learning curve
  • introduced me to digital publishing
  • gave me tech savvy I could apply across online learning platforms
  • taught me time management across multiple admin tasks
  • helped me learn how to teach adults
  • introduced me to the reality and complexity of university institutions
  • helped equip me to experiment with and choose technologies for my own teaching

Outside of academe, being a TTSP…

  • helped me meet people I never would have met on my own
  • encouraged me to create my own business ideas
  • taught me teamwork in an otherwise individualist field
  • taught me how to teach myself
  • gave me an ethos of accepting the best idea for the task

In their own words, this is what helped them in their careers(click here for full statements)

“My TTSP responsibilities helped me get ideas on different technologies that could make learning more convenient and effective. Moreover, I had an opportunity to work with several faculty closely, so that I could observe and learn different teaching styles from them…The weekly meetings with all TTSP fellows from different departments gave me an opportunity to learn from others who might have different perspectives in both technology and teaching…It opened up my view in many different ways about technology and education.”

Flight Lieutenant Parinya Anantachaisilp, Lecturer, Department of Electrical Engineering, Royal Thai Air Force Academy

“As a TTSP, I substantially deepened my understanding of the potential for using digital technology within the classroom, and developed a strong working knowledge of a wide variety of tools. In the process, I also had some of the best discussions about effective pedagogy, with or without a digital component, that I ever had as a graduate student. “

Scott Bailey, Digital Humanities Developer, Scholars’ Lab, University of Virginia

“During my year with TTSP, I decided to start my own blog as an experiment so that I’d be able to advise faculty – but also because I was interested in learning more. Later, I connected with a group of scholarly bloggers in my field. Some of that work has been published and led to invitations as a contributing blogger at Huffington Post, Slate.com, Pacific Standard, and more. And I am currently starting a project as a third author on a new edition of a dominant textbook in my field.”

Tristan Bridges, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology,The College at Brockport, State University of New York, Book Review Editor Men & Masculinities

“My experience as a TTSP not only helped me to land my first tenure-track teaching position, but also helped me to be a more mature, innovative and confident teacher once I was on the job. While many of my colleagues who obtained their Ph.D.’s from large state schools had had little to no opportunity to teach during graduate school, as a U.Va. grad I had not only taught for six years but I also had the chance to thoughtfully reflect on my teaching as it related to the use of technology.”

Jacqueline Bussie, Associate Professor of Religion & Director, Forum on Faith and Life, Concordia College, MN

“Through the program, I was able to learn about what resources were available, to develop my skills in them, and to experiment with them using some of my own data. Conveying my findings to professors and others in my department was exciting, and the tools themselves helped me in advancing my own research. I am very grateful to the TTSP program for giving me this opportunity.”

Patience Epps, Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics,University of Texas at Austin

 “For all its benefits as a service to faculty and departments, the TTSP position provides excellent pedagogical training for the grad students involved. For me, it spurred my own awareness of and experiments with technology in my own classrooms, and made me a much more innovative teacher because of it.”

Paul Fyfe, Assistant Professor of English, North Carolina State University

“I can honestly say that my TTSP experience was instrumental in helping me make the transition to a career in faculty development and adult education. I have on numerous occasions used parts of the TTSP model in my post UVA professional career. The TTSP is an excellent training outreach program — a true win-win for students and faculty.”

Dr. Patrick “Pat” Guilbaud, Director, Adult Programs & Associate Professor, Winthrop University

 “…I learned that I’ll ALWAYS be learning. Technology never sits still, so whether I am comfortable or cutting edge today, there will be new software, hardware, and pedagogies for tomorrow, with new changes in how I teach. Being a TTSP helped make me nimble and fearless — two excellent characteristics, particularly since I am a non-traditionally aged scholar… One of the highlights of my time at my current university so far was having a newly-hired instructor tell me that my class on how to use video to teach French was helpful…a decade after I had taught him.”

A. Renee Gutiérrez, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Longwood University

            “I am glad I decided to apply for a TTSP position. My experiences helped me to develop professional and technical skills that were useful as a graduate student and are still useful in my current position as a faculty member at Appalachian State University…As both a graduate student and current faculty member, I have been in charge of training graduate student teaching assistants. As part of my training courses, I video-tape the students as they teach so that we can evaluate their progress. In fact, you can read about this improvement that I recently implemented in the Teaching of Psychology course at Appalachian State University in the APA Division II e-book, ‘Preparing the New Psychology Professoriate.'”

Robyn Kondrad, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Appalachian State University

“Even over a decade later, I find that I mention TTSP as a foundational program not only in my own development but as a program that other universities should attempt to emulate.”

Abigail Manzella, Visiting Assistant Professor, English Department, University of Missouri, Columbia

    “As a TTSP you will be a member of a cross-functional team that leverages constantly-evolving technology to help create leading edge learning experiences. While the work is rewarding in its own right, you will learn a great deal from very talented colleagues whom you otherwise would not meet. You will discover a range of creative and fulfilling professional opportunities that you did not know exist.”

Brian Moriarty, Adjunct Lecturer and Director, Institute for Business in Society, Director, Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia

   “The TTSP program was immensely valuable to me…It helped me choose my current career path and get a job I truly enjoy…I have been working with UVaCollab Support, and I love my job…Fortunately, my experience as TTSP opened up the possibility for such a career path.”

Tiffany Stull, UVaCollab User Support Specialist, ITS Scholarly Technology, University of Virginia

 “Overall, the time that I spent as a TTSP was enormously valuable and has facilitated my career development in a number of ways that I think would benefit students interested in a very wide variety of career paths.”

Phillip A. Trella, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President, Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, Office of the Vice President for Research, University of Virginia

 “I am currently the Director of the Visual Resources collection for the Art Department, a position I most assuredly obtained due to the experience gained from being a TTSP. The technical instruction and the one-on-one time with faculty helped me become proficient in the required skills and develop professional interpersonal skills.  When I got the position, initially of Assistant Director, I told one of the faculty members with whom I worked as a TTSP and they replied: ‘Of course.  Who else can do what you do?'”

Dan Weiss, Visual Resources Collection, University of Virginia

For more information, please visit the TTSP website »