Role and Mission

The Graduate Student Instructor Teaching & Resource Center is an academic unit of the Graduate Division that prepares graduate students for teaching undergraduates at UC Berkeley and for the teaching they will do in future academic and nonacademic careers. We also work closely with faculty and the departments to assist them in the mentoring and teaching preparation they offer graduate students We are guided in our work by the Advisory Committee for GSI Affairs, a sub-committee of the Academic Senate’s Graduate Council that includes both faculty and graduate student members.

We provide conferences, workshops, seminars, confidential consultations, classroom observations (with or without video-recording), grants, awards, an online teaching guide, and a robust web-based course on professional standards and ethics in teaching. We also provide language testing and specialized courses for current and prospective international GSIs at UC Berkeley. We offer a Certificate Program in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, which provides evidence of GSIs’ development activities as instructors for their curriculum vitae. For advanced graduate students we offer, in collaboration with the Graduate Division’s Academic Services unit, the Summer Institute for Preparing Future Faculty and the SMART program. For faculty who teach with GSIs we offer an annual, three-afternoon seminar on Teaching with GSIs.

Location and Contact Information

301 Sproul Hall #5900
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-5900
Office Hours 9–12, 1–4

Disability Accommodation

Conference and Workshop Registration

Pre-registration for most of our events is set up 24/7 on web-based forms. However, if you are unable to register using these forms, please call us by phone at 642-4456 during regular hours or send us an email message at

Disability Accommodations for Events

If you require accommodations to take part in one of our events, please contact the GSI Teaching & Resource Center at 642-4456 during regular hours or send us an email message at ten days prior to the event.