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.

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Must-See Resources for Student Safety and Health Issues

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 >>