MARTIN V. COVINGTON
Memorial Tribute  

Professor Martin V. Covington, cherished mentor, teacher, colleague, and friend, passed away on January 29, 2018, just five months after publishing his most recent work, Life Beyond Grades: Designing College Courses to Promote Intrinsic Motivation. To show the breadth and depth of Marty’s impact and to honor his memory, we present this tribute.


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 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.

The Academic Accommodations Hub is a new online campus resource that contains important information and guidance for instructors and students on classroom climate, academic integrity and honor code, academic accommodations, support resources, and conflict resolution and troubleshooting. This Hub is located on the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost’s website at Continue Reading >>

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 introduces research on student perceptions of GSIs, factors that influence learning, and recommendations for GSIs in Continue Reading >>