The GSI Teaching & Resource Center helps graduate students transition to teaching as GSIs at UC Berkeley and offers programs and services to assist graduate students in developing their teaching skills for future academic and nonacademic careers. We also work with faculty and departments to assist them in the mentoring and teaching preparation they offer graduate students.

There are many things to think about, find out, plan for, and organize as your teaching semester approaches. The Pre-semester Preparation chapter of the online Teaching Guide for GSIs provides ways to pull them all together.

We also recommend Must-See Policies and Resources for GSIs and Working as a GSI: Frequently Asked Questions.

First-Time GSI Requirements

First-time GSIs need to make sure they come to the Spring Teaching Conference, complete the GSI Ethics Online Course, and enroll in a required pedagogy course for first-time GSIs.

Prospective GSIs who do not speak English as a native language must also demonstrate English language proficiency. Please see the GSI Center’s Language Proficiency Program for details.

Silvia Bunge’s talk at the Spring 2015 Teaching Conference for GSIs is now posted on the University’s YouTube site. Professor Bunge has also made her slides available (see links below). Silvia Bunge is a professor in the Department of Psychology and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at UC Berkeley, where Continue Reading >>

Public speaking, conveying complex information to non-experts, managing teams, evaluating the work of junior colleagues — these are among the many skills GSIs develop in their teaching, and these skills are eminently transferable to career settings in higher education, private industry, non-profits, or governmental agencies. The documents linked below can Continue Reading >>

As a national leader in preparing graduate students for teaching, UC Berkeley was one of the first universities in the country to create a campuswide policy on the mentoring of graduate student instructors. This policy supports GSIs’ professional development as teachers and prepares them for the teaching they will do Continue Reading >>

Workshops on Teaching

The Transferable Skills of Teaching
Thursday, March 5, 12:00–1:30

Developing a Statement of Teaching Philosophy & Teaching Portfolio
Monday, March 9, 1:00–2:30

Strategies for Efficient & Effective Grading
Wednesday, March 11, 12:00–1:30

Click here for the complete list of Spring 2015 Workshops on Teaching

Faculty Award for Outstanding Mentorship of GSIs

Nominations due Monday, March 2, 2015.  Click here for the nomination guidelines and portal.

Summer Institute for Preparing Future Faculty

Applications due Friday, March 13, 2015.  Click here for the ​program announcement, application guidelines, and link to the application portal.

GSI Ethics Online Course

GSIs teaching for the first time in Spring 2015 must successfully complete the Ethics Course by the second week of classes. This course informs GSIs of essential policies, practices, and standards that all instructors need to know in order to perform their responsibilities professionally and ethically.