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.

The GSI Center offers the following assistance to GSIs teaching in the Summer Sessions:

Consultations and Classroom Observations

One-on-one consultations on syllabus and course design, teaching in a compressed time frame, preparing and presenting a lecture, activities to promote discussion, mid-course evaluations, and more.

Classroom observations to receive feedback on your teaching. Video recording of classroom session also available.

​Consultations are provided by GSI Center staff with experience teaching summer session courses. Please fill out our online consultation request form​ if interested.

Award-Winning GSI Teaching Ideas

The Teaching Effectiveness Award Essays are one-page teaching ideas from outstanding Berkeley GSIs. Several specifically address challenges of teaching in summer sessions:

The Semester-Long Research Project Reimagined Tammy Stark, Linguistics

The Challenges of Teaching in the Summer Session Conrad Hengesbach, Mathematics

Breaking Down the Barriers Inhibiting Effective Learning Environments Yekaterina Miroshnikova, Molecular and Cell Biology (Home Department: Bioengineering)

A New Approach to Teaching and Learning Timothy Randazzo, Ethnic Studies

Moving beyond Plot Summary: Doing Things with Words Laurence Coderre, East Asian Languages and Cultures

The Advantages of Rearranging the Topics Covered in a Course Peyam Tabrizian, Mathematics

Bringing Opera Closer to Home Michael Markham, Music

Congratulations to the fourteen outstanding GSIs receiving the 2015 Teaching Effectiveness Award (TEA). These GSIs devised excellent strategies to address teaching and learning difficulties that arose in their classes, and their award-winning teaching ideas are available for you to adapt for use in your teaching. Here is a small sampling Continue Reading >>

Many of Berkeley’s faculty members provide excellent mentorship to the GSIs who work in their classes. This year, four were selected to receive an award for their mentoring activities: Sabrina Agarwal, Anthropology David Henkin, History Martha Olney, Economics Anant Sahai, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Candidates for this award are Continue Reading >>

Recipients of the 2014-2015 Outstanding GSI (OGSI) Award were honored at the annual OGSI Award Ceremony on Tuesday, May 5. Each year, recipients are nominated within their teaching departments. They receive certificates of distinction from the GSI Center, which also hosts the award ceremony. Currently-enrolled graduate students who receive the OGSI Continue Reading >>

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 >>