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.

Students commonly experience increasing stress in the last weeks of the semester. There are several campus services you can recommend to help them out.

Students can discuss concerns around academic pressures, relationships, career decisions, and personal matters with counselors at Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS, 510-642-9494). These services are also available to graduate students at separate satellite centers on campus. GSIs are encouraged to contact CPS for a confidential phone consultation if they notice a student presenting difficulties that may require professional assistance.

The Student Learning Center can provide tutoring and help with study skills. Students in the residence halls can also seek help from Academic Services in the Residence Halls; assistance for student athletes is available at the Athletic Study Center.

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Each year the GSI Teaching & Resource Center offers a three-afternoon seminar for faculty on how to work effectively with GSIs and provide GSIs guidance and mentoring in teaching. This year’s three-session seminar will take place on November 5, November 12, and November 19, 2014 from 3 to 5 p.m. Continue Reading >>

Over 800 graduate students gathered for the fall 2014 teaching conference on August 21 and 22. Day 1 of the conference focused on cultural, institutional, and linguistic issues for international GSIs. Day 2, for all first-time GSIs, featured talks and workshops on the nuts and bolts of teaching as a GSI at Berkeley.

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 >>