Innovative Teaching Summer Institute

The Innovative Teaching Summer Institute is a four-day series of workshops, discussions, and shared reflections all centered on the use of emerging teaching practices and technologies to support effective teaching. ITSI is an opportunity for instructors to work with peers from a variety of disciplines, discuss pedagogical priorities, connect with resources and support, and develop themselves as innovative teachers.

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When and Where

The Innovative Teaching Summer Institute typically takes place in June.


This program is open to all current Columbia University doctoral students. An upcoming teaching appointment is desirable, but not necessary to participate in the Summer Institute.

Program Description

The Innovative Teaching Summer Institute offers Columbia University doctoral students the opportunity to work with peers across disciplines to discuss pedagogy, explore emerging technologies, and develop themselves as innovative teachers.

ITSI fosters interdisciplinary discussion of educational paradigms, pedagogical design, and assessment strategies. Once participants have envisioned assignments with specific learning goals, they are introduced to a variety of digital tools and directed to campus and online resources to help them meet these goals.By the end of the Institute, all participants define, revise, and present an innovative assignment that exemplifies their instructional priorities.

At the conclusion of the Innovative Teaching Summer Institute, participants in all days of activities receive a letter of certifying participation that can be referenced on CVs and other descriptions of pedagogical preparation. Certified participants will have:

  • Attended the complete Summer Institute program.
  • Developed an innovative assignment to run in a future course, with evolving ideas documented in a series of posts on the Summer Institute website.
  • Participated in discussions at the Institute in which they share their ideas for this assignment.
  • Drafted teaching statement language reflecting work developed at the Summer Institute.

In addition to documenting teaching development, full Summer Institute participation qualifies doctoral students for several programs in the CTL:

  • Invitation to an ITSI-specific reconvening in the fall semester, focusing on teaching statement development.
  • Eligibility to apply for the Teaching Observation Fellowship, a designation that entails a stipend and a series of activities during the academic year.
  • Priority consideration for other competitive CTL opportunities, such as the Lead Teaching Fellows program.

Past Institute sites

June 12 – 15, 2017
2017 Summer Institute site (UNI access only)

June 13 – 16, 2016
2016 Summer Institute site (UNI access only)

June 15 – 18, 2015
2015 Summer Institute site (UNI access only)

June 16 – 19, 2014
2014 Summer Institute site (UNI access only)

June 11 – 13, 2013
2013 Summer Institute site (UNI access only)


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