Large courses with multiple sections and multiple instructors can pose special teaching challenges. They also offer special opportunities for the mentoring of graduate student AIs and Undergraduate Courses Assistants (UCAs) by experienced faculty. The McGraw Mentoring Fund supports weekly meetings of teaching staff to discuss shared goals and expectations for the instructional team. Faculty find these meetings are most valuable when they go beyond purely logistical issues to address pedagogical questions.
Funding is available from the McGraw Center to help defray the cost of refreshments at these meetings. To be eligible for funding, the course must be a large lecture class (enrollment of 50 or more) with 2 AIs or more; or a lab course with enrollment of 40 or more with 2 or more lab assistants.
Those accepted will receive $60 for each faculty member, AI and/or lab assistant involved with the teaching of the course in a semester. Courses that utilize UCAs will also receive $30 per UCA per semester. If you are new to the fund, know that McGraw Center staff are available to join your meetings as facilitators or to discuss specific issues related to your course such as designing and grading assignments and exams, leading meaningful discussions and getting useful course feedback from students at midterm. McGraw staff can also offer an overview of our Center's resources for faculty, graduate AIs, and undergraduate UCAs and students. To invite us to one of your meetings, contact the Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Office of the Dean of the College policy on UCAs can be found here.