Offerings for Graduate Students

The CTL offers professional development programs and events that connect Columbia graduate students to effective teaching approaches, resources, and instructional technologies. The CTL runs a wide variety of offerings so that graduate students can choose the right amount of engagement in teaching development at any given stage in their academic programs.

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Visit the CTL Events Calendar to browse all upcoming events for graduate students.

CIRTL at Columbia

The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) provides resources, trainings, and networking opportunities for graduate students from the start of graduate school through to the job market. Graduate students teaching in STEM are invited to participate in local on-campus offerings and national online cross-network opportunities to develop their teaching.


Graduate students can request in-person consultations to get support for their teaching and learning needs throughout the year. The CTL provides consultations to graduate students on a range of topics, including syllabus design, creating and refining a teaching statement, integrating instructional technologies into class activities, and presentation practices.

Instructional Technology Support

Graduate students can get advice, training, and support to experiment with a rich portfolio of online learning platforms.

Learning Communities and Lounges

CTLgrads Learning Communities are interdisciplinary three-part series on teaching and learning topics, designed and co-facilitated by CTL Senior Lead Teaching Fellows. Teachers’ Lounges and Language Lounges are series of informal discussions about teaching practices and the culture of learning at Columbia.

Microteaching Practice

Graduate students can participate in microteaching sessions to rehearse teaching practices and get direct feedback and support from their peers.

Mid-Course Reviews

Graduate student instructors can request Mid-Course Reviews (MCRs) with trained peer consultants who can help solicit feedback from students on what they find to be the most helpful and the most challenging aspects of their course. CTL Mid-Course Reviews are confidential, formative, and designed to support instructors in their teaching practice.

Seminars and Institutes

Graduate students can apply for seminar programs to engage in a supportive community of practice through a series of connected modules, workshops, and discussion groups on teaching and learning topics. Graduate students interested in developing new teaching approaches, applications, and skills with hands-on guidance from CTL staff can apply to participate in multi-day immersive institutes.

Teaching Development Program

CTL’s Teaching Development Program (TDP) is a comprehensive new service that will allow Columbia doctoral students to cultivate, document, and reflect on teaching development across the arc of their graduate school career. Graduate students can participate in the TDP program on either of two tracks: Foundational Track and Advanced Track.

Teaching Observations

Graduate students can request teaching observations to receive individualized feedback on their teaching. Through a structured process, consultants observe instructors in the classroom and provide suggestions to improve their teaching.