This Week for Graduate Students: Happy Holidays from the CTL!

by | Dec 20, 2022

Happy holidays from the CTL! We wish you a joyous and restful season.

The CTL will be closed for winter break from Monday, December 26 through Tuesday, January 3. We will address emails sent to after the break. In the interim, please explore on-demand resources for support.

Online and in-person office hours for graduate students will resume on January 13.

Upcoming in 2023: Teaching as Research Seminar (TaRS)

The online Teaching as Research Seminar (TaRS) trains participants to assess the impact of teaching interventions in the classroom. Over the course of these four asynchronous modules, participants gain proficiency in the Teaching as Research (TaR) method by defining an original research question, exploring data collection and assessment tools, and drawing on the support of peers and the instructor to draft a complete TaR proposal. The seminar culminates in the presentation of these proposals to the seminar cohort.

TaRS is running from January 30 – March 6, 2023. CTL is accepting applications from January 2 – January 20. Send any questions about applying to TaRS to

CTLgrads Learning Communities

CTLgrads Learning Communities are interdisciplinary conversations about teaching and learning topics, designed and co-facilitated by CTL Senior Lead Teaching Fellows and other select graduate students. By participating in these discussions of the teaching literature with other graduate student instructors, you will develop new frameworks to innovate your teaching and connect with interdisciplinary colleagues focused on pedagogy at Columbia. Since they are planned as sequential conversations, we encourage you to register for all sessions of a given Learning Community. See upcoming sessions below. 

Teaching and Learning While Feeling like an Imposter

In-Person Learning Community designed and run by Senior Lead Teaching Fellows Jacob Bergquist (Industrial Engineering and Operations Research) and Bovey Rao (Neurobiology and Behavior)

  • Part 1: Monday, January 30, 2023, 2:40 PM – 3:55 PM, 212 Butler Library | Register 
  • Part 2: Monday, February 6, 2023, 2:40 PM – 3:55 PM, 212 Butler Library  | Register

Making Sense of the Classroom: Strategies of Sensory Teaching and Learning

In-Person Learning Community designed and run by Senior Lead Teaching Fellows Tomi Haxhi and Elaine Wilson (Slavic Languages)

  • Part 1: Thursday, February 9, 2023, 1:10 – 2:25 PM, 212 Butler Library | Register 
  • Part 2: Thursday, February 16, 2023, 1:10 – 2:25 PM, 212 Butler Library  | Register

CTLgrads Learning Communities count towards completion of CTL’s Teaching Development Program (TDP) for graduate students.

Get Credit in the Teaching Development Program (TDP)!

If you are making progress and nearing completion of a TDP track, let us be the first to congratulate you! You have carried through with a systematic and sustained exploration of pedagogy that makes you a considerably stronger and more effective teacher, and will continue to benefit you, your future students, and your future employers.

Important steps for Columbia University transcript notation:

  • Double check that you have met program requirements by comparing the TDP Overview to your submitted materials.
  • If your degree conferral will be in February 2023, track completion deadlines are: Advanced Track: Jan. 1; Foundational Track Jan. 15

Learn more about exiting the TDP with credit