GSI Academy Specifics
Academy Goals and Outcomes
The GSI Academy prepares instructors for teaching, especially introductory undergraduate courses; equips them with a set of instructional practices that are learner-centered and evidence-based; and promotes methods for refining teaching effectiveness. Participants completing the GSI Academy will be able to:
- Outline the backward course design process.
- Develop assignments with clear goals and criteria for successful completion.
- Describe strategies for collecting student feedback.
- Describe the value of student feedback in refining teaching practices.
- Define scholarly teaching.
- Implement evidence-based instructional strategies.
- Respond to feedback on teaching.
- Articulate their own teaching philosophy and inclusive teaching practices.
- Create teaching documents needed to apply for faculty positions in higher education.
GSIs admitted to the academy who fulfill the following requirements will earn a certificate of completion:
- Participate in seven professional development workshops (five required, plus two of the participant’s choice)
- Participate in two formative teaching observations conducted by CTLA teaching experts or faculty mentors
- Develop a teaching philosophy and a DEI statement
Requirements must be completed during the GSI Academy academic year.
The GSI Academy offers the following workshops, which are open to all graduate students:
- Course Design Basics and Transparency in Learning and Teaching *
- Using Student Feedback to Improve Instruction *
- Facilitating Classroom Discussions *
- Assessing Student Learning: Did They Get It? *
- Today’s Learners and Engagement Strategies
- Evidence-based Instructional Strategies *
- Inclusive Pedagogy and DEI Statement
- Developing a Teaching Portfolio and Philosophy
* Required Sessions for Academy Completion
Teaching observations focused on effective teaching practice will be conducted by CTLA faculty mentors at least twice during the academic year. Each observation will include a short meeting prior to the observation to share background on the class observed and discuss teaching goals and a post-observation debrief meeting to share feedback and discuss next steps. Participants will be provided a written summary of the feedback across the observations that could be included in a teaching portfolio or academic job search materials.
FACULTY AND PEER MENTORING
Academy participants also have the opportunity to connect with one another and with faculty mentors who have extensive experience teaching undergraduates and a sustained record of teaching excellence. Faculty mentors participate in the academy by providing teaching observations and bringing together GSI Mentor Groups two to three times each semester. Mentor and peer groups are developed by theme, including the following:
- International Graduate Student Instructors
- STEM Instructors
- First-time teachers
- Online Teaching
Academy participants are encouraged to join a mentor and peer group that is appropriate to their needs or interests.