Credit Courses Offered by the GSI Center
The Graduate Division offers several credit-bearing courses for graduate students to develop professional-level skills in teaching, mentoring, and writing, in its Graduate Student Professional Development Program (GSPDP). The GSI Teaching & Resource Center offers the following:
In addition, the Graduate Division’s Graduate Writing Center offers GSPDP 320: Academic Writing for Graduate Students.
Thursdays, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., 309 Sproul
Instructor: Linda von Hoene, Director, GSI Teaching & Resource Center
2 units, graded S/U
This course introduces first-time GSIs to the theory and practice of teaching and learning in higher education. The course brings together a cross-disciplinary group of graduate students who work collaboratively to discuss teaching in progress and selected texts on teaching and learning; experiment with various teaching methods and their impact on learning; and develop professional skills that will serve them well throughout their careers. This course is intended for GSIs whose departments do not have a 375 pedagogy course in the spring semester and who are teaching for the first time in the spring.
For more information about GSPDP 375, please contact the Graduate Student Instructor Teaching & Resource Center.
Tuesdays, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m., 309 Sproul
Sabrina Soracco, Director, Graduate Writing Center
Linda von Hoene, Director, GSI Teaching & Resource Center
1 unit, graded S/U
This seminar introduces graduate students to the role of mentoring in U.S. higher education and helps guide them as they mentor undergraduates at UC Berkeley, work in the context of a mentoring relationship with their graduate advisers, and prepare for the mentoring they will do in future academic and non-academic careers. The course consists of readings, in-class discussion, short assignments, and an applied component of mentoring.
For more information about GSPDP 301, please contact the Graduate Student Instructor Teaching & Resource Center.
Wednesdays, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., Jan. 20 to Feb. 24, 134 Dwinelle Hall
Instructor: Kim Starr-Reid, Assistant Director, GSI Teaching & Resource Center
1 unit, graded S/U
Reading and Composition (R&C) courses at UC Berkeley are taught in many disciplines, including the social sciences, language departments, and environmental design. First-time GSIs in these departments usually teach discussion sections, language courses, and studios; accordingly, they take a 300-level pedagogy course appropriate for those settings. Those GSIs who later teach an R&C course require further preparation specific to teaching academic reading and writing to freshmen and sophomores. They are also challenged to imagine how their discipline lends itself to such a course.
The purpose of GSPDP 302 is to prepare GSIs across the disciplines to teach effective R&C courses. It is intended for experienced GSIs who have already fulfilled the 300-level pedagogy course requirement of the Graduate Council Mentoring Policy, but who have not yet received specific preparation to teach R&C.
For more information about GSPDP 302, please contact the Graduate Student Instructor Teaching & Resource Center.