The Rutgers Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (RASTL) project provides advanced graduate students with the opportunity to meet monthly with faculty and administrators to review issues related to undergraduate instruction and contemporary higher education. In addition, under the auspices of the TA Project (TAP), we offer many programs to help graduate students learn to teach from both a general and a discipline-specific perspective.

Rutgers University in New Brunswick/Piscataway has a long tradition of preparing its graduate student TAs to teach in the college classroom. With Rutgers inclusion in the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) we re-dedicated our efforts to broadening the leadership of those involved in planning and implementing activities pertaining to the scholarship of teaching. When the CASTL grant expired in 2009 Rutgers decided to continue the program as RASTL.

RASTL comprises the Leadership Team, Faculty Fellows, and Graduate Student Fellows, each of whom participate in regular meetings, planning sessions, and seminars. In addition, the Fellows take part in presenting TAP’s programs and seminars (Introduction to College Teaching and Designing Your Own Course).