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For Faculty

The McGraw Center is the central resource for faculty who seek to enhance their teaching at Princeton. With the expansion of McGraw in September 2013, the Center now offers a robust and integrated platform of resources and expertise that extends from pedagogy and learning to educational technologies and video production.

Programs and services currently offered for faculty include:

  • Department visits and pedagogy workshops introduce current research on teaching and student learning. Workshop discussions are led by Princeton faculty and/or by our professional staff, including our Educational Technologies staff, who provide training on new and emerging technologies that support innovation in all areas of teaching and learning
  • The McGraw Teaching Seminar brings faculty and graduate students together each month during the academic year for focused discussions of the goals and practices of teaching in the Princeton classroom
  • One-on-one instructional consultations to discuss specific teaching challenges or new techniques. Consultations often include a class observation and detailed feedback and advice to address pedagogical challenges
  • We are available to visit department faculty meetings to discuss a wide range of issues such as course design, planning interactive classes, meaningful grading and assessment, course development proposals, and online learning, just to name several topics
  • McGraw staff are available to advise faculty on the development of proposals for support of projects that advance innovative teaching and learning in the Princeton classroom and beyond.  Contact Lisa Herschbach or Jeff Himpele to schedule a consultation. 
  • Resources for developing online courses and teaching in online environments.  More than one million students have enrolled in the MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) offered by Princeton faculty.  Our faculty are also using online teaching tools to experiment with teaching their Princeton students by either the method known as 'flipping' the class or one of extending classroom activities into an online environment.  Jeff Himpele is the point of contact for faculty interested in these initiatives
  • Strategies to promote inclusive teaching are available from the Working Group on Inclusive Teaching and Learning through faculty discussions, online resources and individual consultations 
  • The Big Class Project brings together a collection of resources for faculty teaching large classes to help with class organization, lecture design, collaborative learning, and the use of technology to enhance student interaction with peers and instructors
  • For new assistant professors, the McGraw Center runs New Faculty Orientation on behalf of the Office of the Dean of the Faculty and the Office of the Dean of the College.  This full day session offers an opportunity to meet faculty and administrators at Princeton and get advice on acclimating to departmental culture, publishing, grant-writing, and teaching at Princeton
  • Our Teaching Conversations in the Residential Colleges bring together faculty from across divisions and departments and provide opportunities for the sharing of knowledge and ideas among peers.  These conversations are co-sponsored by the McGraw Center and the Residential Colleges
  • The McGraw Center provides the Mentoring Fund to support activities for faculty to mentor graduate students in teaching.  The fund can be used to defray the costs of refreshments during special mentoring events among faculty and AIs in current courses or at department events.
  • The McGraw Center has also created a virtual library of Online Resources that includes a video gallery of lecturing modes and formats, tip-sheets relevant for various aspects of teaching, and our blog, The Scholar as Teacher

Explore the links to the left to find out more about each of these opportunities. Appointments may be made with McGraw staff members by e-mailing or calling 8-2575.