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 Fall Teaching Conference, complete the GSI Ethics Online Course, and enroll in a required 300-level 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.

How are the roles of GSIs and faculty different? Does students’ laptop use in class affect their learning? What are the best conditions for students to learn in GSI-led sections and labs? Silvia Bunge’s talk at the Spring 2015 Teaching Conference for GSIs introduces research on student perceptions of GSIs, 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 >>

Professional Standards and Ethics in Teaching Online Course

First-time GSIs’ deadline for completion: End of their second week of teaching

Fall Workshops on Teaching

Writing and Saving Time with Ed-Tech
Tues., Sept. 1, 3:00–4:30

Statement of Teaching Philosophy and Teaching Portfolio
Wed., Sept. 2, 1:00–2:30

Peer Exchange and Feedback on Statements of Teaching Philosophy
Wed., Sept. 16, 1:00–2:30

View complete workshop list and register for a GSI teaching workshop