In episode 120, Margaret Kelly interviews Dr. Katie Angus about her dissertation research on graduate teaching assistant (TA) development and her own approach to supporting TA instructors at the college level.


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Show Notes

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Dr. Katie Angus is an Assistant Professor of French and Second Language Acquisition in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Southern Mississippi. Her PhD is from the University of Arizona’s Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT) Interdisciplinary program in Second Language Pedagogy and Program Administration.

If your interest in her research was piqued by this episode…

…you can access her full dissertation here.

…check out this 2017 article: Angus, K. B. (2017). Learning “About” and Learning “Through” Technology: An Analysis of Syllabi from Foreign Language Teaching Methods Courses. CALICO Journal, 34(3).

…and this one: Angus, K. B. (2016). Saying vs. Doing: A Contradiction in the Professional Development of Foreign Language Teaching Assistants. Foreign Language Annals, 49(4), 819-835.


Margaret Kelly obtained her undergraduate degree in Romance Languages (Spanish and French) from the University of Georgia in 2013. After living and working in Paris, France for a year, she moved to Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where she worked as a Teaching Assistant and received a Masters of Arts in the Teaching Languages with a triple emphasis in Spanish, French, and TESOL from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2017. She is currently a graduate teaching assistant and PhD student at Vanderbilt University.


If you’re interested in graduate student development, check out these previous episodes…

Episode 102: The Complexity of Language, Acquisition, Teaching, and Textbooks with Michael Leeser

Episode 74: Directing a Language Program and Being Teacher of the Year with Brenna Byrd

And if you are a graduate teaching assistant looking for affordable, accessible ways to further your own professional development, check out these past episodes…

Episode 77: Getting the Most out of Conferences

…Episode 51: Developing as a Professional and Presenting at Conferences with Erin Carlson

Episode 117: The Language Center’s Role on Campus and in the Community with Angelika Kraemer

Episode 79: Language Resource Centers, CASLS, PEARLL, and Big News for the Podcast with Julie Sykes and Thomas Sauer

Both of these episodes are interviews with university-level program directors and include discussion about how to support graduate teaching assistants.

You also might want to check out these article…

Action Research and the Professional Development of Graduate Teaching Assistants  by KIM MCDONOUGH

…I LOVE this episode of Cult of Pedagogy. It’s a list of alternative ways to do professional development rather than the more traditional sit-and-get model. If you work with TAs, you might consider building some of these strategies into your own methods course or other interactions.


If you want to cite this episode, our suggested APA reference is:

Johnson, S.M. (Producer), &. Kelly, M. (Interviewer). (2019). We Teach Languages Episode 120: Professional Development for Graduate Student Instructors with Katie Angus [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from

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