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For Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Associates

The McGraw Center offers extensive programs and services for graduate students and postdoctoral associates related to their development as scholars and teachers. Our programs are based in current research on effective teaching and student learning and are led by our trained graduate student fellows or by our professional staff.

Programs and services currently offered for graduate students and postdocs include:

  • Pedagogy & Professional Development Workshops.  Our workshops invite brainstorming, discussion, and problem solving around all aspects of teaching, learning and academic career planning. The slate changes every semester; topics range from grading, leading discussions, and teaching with film and lecturing, to teaching critical thinking in disciplinary courses and writing a teaching statement. Our Master Class on Lecturing features faculty luminaries and "Prof 101" offers a seminar for those starting academic positions in the following year. 
  • Our annual Teaching Seminar offers graduate student and faculty participants to  work together to design and redesign courses informed by current scholarship and cutting-edge research. 
  • Instructional Consultations & Class Visits. These one-on-one meetings with our professional staff can take many forms.  We are happy to offer guidance about developing course syllabi and teaching statements as part of academic job searches. We also advise on the challenges of balancing teaching and scholarship. AIs interested in trying new teaching modes or tools can come to us, and we are also happy to go to you:  we frequently visit classes to provide feedback and help graduate students to develop as teachers. 
  • AI Orientation. For new AIs, we run the University-wide orientation to teaching at Princeton. The day and a half of workshops are led by graduate fellows who provide tips and organize discussions on issues such as the first day of class, leading precepts and problem sets, and grading student work. 
  • The Big Class Project brings together a collection of resources for novice teachers of large classes to help with class organization, lecture design, and the use of technology to enhance student interaction with their peers and instructors.
  •  The McGraw Center Graduate Mentoring Award recognizes faculty who are exemplary in supporting the development of their graduate students as teachers, scholars, and professionals. 
  • Programs for International AIs.  The English Language Program at the McGraw Center helps non-native English speaking graduate students become fully integrated into the academic community at Princeton.
  • Some graduate students are interested in opportunities to teach other than, or in addition to, an AI appointment.  We have compiled a list of such Teaching Opportunities.
  • 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 teaching and academic careers, and our blog, The Scholar as Teacher 

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