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.

Recipients of the 2014-2015 Outstanding GSI (OGSI) Award were honored at the annual OGSI Award Ceremony, which took place at the International House, 2299 Piedmont Ave, 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 award additionally receive a $250 stipend sponsored by the Dean of the Graduate Division. Recipients are also invited to apply for the Teaching Effectiveness Award.

The OGSI Award honors over 200 UC Berkeley GSIs each year for their outstanding work in the teaching of undergraduates. Details about the award and the nomination process are posted on the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award page.

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 >>