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Advancing Your Teaching in Humanities and Social Sciences

Are you a graduate student seeking further development as an instructor in the social sciences or humanities?

Through CTL workshops, learning communities, and individual consultation services you will…

  • connect to the diverse array of resources available to you as a graduate student instructor that will help improve your teaching and your students’ learning.
  • apply conceptual frameworks and emerging technologies to innovate your teaching.
  • engage with the scholarship of teaching and learning within a community of graduate students invested in teaching.
  • refine your teaching practices and prepare for the job market by participating in the CTL’s teaching observation and individual consultation services.


Teachers’ Lounge

In Teachers’ Lounge, graduate students and CTL staff informally converse over pizza about teaching approaches, drawing from research and one another’s classroom experiences. In Fall 2017 we will discuss approaches to grading that increase students’ investment in their learning. Read more and register for an upcoming event.

Language Lounge

A series of informal lunchtime conversations similar to Teachers’ Lounge designed specifically for graduate student instructors of foreign languages. Share teaching approaches and experiences with peers while engaging with research from Second Language Acquisition. Register for an upcoming event.

CTLgrads Learning Communities

By participating in these deeper multi-session discussions of the teaching literature with other graduate student instructors, you will develop new frameworks to innovate your teaching. This fall, LCs will discuss metacognition, technology, and interdisciplinary approaches to teaching. Register for an upcoming event.

CIRTL Events

The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) is a consortium of universities who share resources to support the development of future faculty in STEM and Social Sciences. Check out the CIRTL website for online resources, courses, and workshops that can further your development as a STEM instructor, along with our site for local events. Register for upcoming CIRTL events.

Lead Teaching Fellow Workshops

Lead Teaching Fellows (LTFs) are experienced graduate student instructors who develop departmental workshops specific to the teaching and learning needs of their departments and can help support you and your peers in your teaching. Check the CTL website and see which upcoming LTF events interest you! Coming soon. 


Microteaching Practice Sessions

Microteaching sessions are offered once a month and provide a venue for you and other instructors to practice your teaching with a small group of peers. Try out new tools and approaches, and receive immediate feedback from peers and a trained facilitator. Sign up for an upcoming session.

Teaching Observations

Teaching observations give you an opportunity to receive direct feedback on your classroom instruction by a fellow trained graduate student. Request a teaching observation.

Individual Consultations

Request a teaching consultation to receive individualized advice on your teaching, integrating your teaching and research, or developing teaching materials for the job market. Learn more.


Inclusive Teaching Seminar

The Inclusive Teaching Seminar is a four-part workshop series that offers an opportunity for graduate student instructors to reflect on their teaching experiences and commit to creating inclusive classroom environments that engage all students. Apply by January 5, 2018.

Digital Literacy Seminar

This semester-long program will guide you through ways to define digital tools and assess digital skills as part of the intellectual content of your course. Apply by September 11, 2017.

Innovative Teaching Summer Institute (ITSI)

ITSI is a four-day immersive experience in June during which participants develop an innovative assignment with an interdisciplinary cohort of graduate student instructors. Learn more.

Lead Teaching Fellowship

The Lead Teaching Fellowship (LTF) program is a year-long development opportunity for doctoral students to develop mentorship and liaison skills while producing teaching development activities for their peers. Details about activities and stipends can be found on the CTL website. Learn more.

Teaching Observation Fellowship

The Teaching Observation Fellowship (TOF) program offers a stipend to a select cohort of graduate student instructors to assess and reflect on their own teaching through classroom observations. Learn more.


Looking forward

The CTL also provides support as you approach the job market. While the programs listed above will prepare you to reflect on and speak to your teaching experiences in applications and interviews, you can browse the CTL website to find workshops and services that specifically target the development of your application materials.