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Advancing Your Teaching in Sciences and Engineering

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

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.


Evidence-based Teaching in Science and Engineering

This series of workshops is designed for STEM instructors and explores evidence-based practices in STEM instruction. In this series, you and other TAs will engage with the research of teaching and learning and apply these approaches to better facilitate student learning. Register for this series and other CIRTL events.

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.

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

TheCenter 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.

CTL Office Hours

In addition to individual appointments in our Butler Library offices, this year the CTL is offering drop-in office hours at SEAS. Come by for one-on-one support from our staff. Learn more. 

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.


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.

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.

Leading 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 Fellows (TOFs) are an interdisciplinary cohort of graduate student instructors who assess and reflect on their own teaching through classroom observations throughout the year. Details about activities and stipends can be found on the CTL website. 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.