Friday, September 10, 2010

Workshop: Statements of Teaching Philosophy

Statements of Teaching Philosophy: Critical Reflection About Teaching Practice
 Thurs, Sept 16, 10:30am-12:00pm
Persimmon Room IMU

In this workshop for graduate students, Katie Kearns and Tyler Christensen share strategies to reflect on teaching as well as information about the qualities of effective statements of teaching philosophy. Participants read and analyze several statements and receive reflection guides for getting started.

Registration is not required. Direct any questions about this event to or 855-9023. More information about our services and events can be seen at

GPSO "Even Exchange" Course Change Proposal Now In Action

For graduate students needing to change a course in the second week of classes, life just got easier.

A proposal initiated by the Graduate and Professional Students Organization, dubbed the “even exchange” policy, was endorsed by the Bloomington Faculty Council in April, 2009, and approved by the Provost and VPCFO. After a challenging modification to the SIS tuition calculation program, the more generous course change policy is now in place.

Stating it in its most simplified form, it permits a graduate student (not in a program with a flat fee) to exchange one class for another of equal credit hours without any net tuition charge as long as the dropped and added classes are submitted in the same transaction during the second week of classes. Students will be charged the standard $23 Late Schedule Change Fee, and the dropped course will still carry a W in the academic record. This is a modification to financial policy only. As with most of our policies, however, there are a few little requirements that need to be met.

Read the full policy:

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Message from the Grad Mental Health Working Group

Greetings IU Graduate Students,

I hope each of you are well rested from the summer break as a new semester is upon us. I want to bring to your attention an opportunity to join a working group that addresses mental health issues amongst our graduate student population at IU.  Although still in the early stages of its development, the Mental Health Working Group has a well-rounded agenda aimed at:
  • Cataloguing current mental health resources that target graduate students' needs at IU and in Bloomington as a whole
  • Identifying limitations and brainstorming solutions/strategies for rectifying these deficiencies
  • Polling graduate students about what mental health needs are most pressing at IU

We hope you are enthusiastic about improving graduate student mental health at Indiana University and encourage all interested students to respond.

Mental Health Working Group Meeting
Date: September 23, 2010
Time: 5:00-6:30
Place: SISR 100
Contact Information:

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Rachel La Touche
Chair - Mental Health Working Group

The Graduate Student Information Fair: Orienting new students to IU

New graduate students have the opportunity to find out more about academic, student life and community resources through the "Get Oriented" Graduate Student Information Fair.

On August 26, 2010, new graduate students were invited to the Graduate Student Information Fair at the Main Library -- an event to bring together campus resources and communities of interest.

“It’s the heart of orientation week,” said Peter Thoresen, Operations Coordinator for the Graduate and Professional Student Organization (GPSO), “because it begins community building right away.”

“Graduate school can be isolating.  It’s important for graduate students to meet students in other departments, not only for interdisciplinary networking, but also to engaging students in the greater IUB commmunity,” Thoresen said.

The GPSO also offers to visit departmental orientations and present on community graduate resources.  The program began two years ago, Thorenson said, and more than 50 departments took them up on the offer this year.

“Orientation activities provide a great annual opportunity for departments to partner with UGS, the GPSO, and the university libraries.”