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Teaching Development Opportunities

We offer several teaching development opportunities that are designed specifically for graduate students and postdocs. They include:

New TA Orientation

Every fall during the week before the start of classes, the Kaneb Center offers a two-day orientation to all graduate students who are serving as a TA or preparing to teach their own course. TAs who attend this event will be well prepared for their first interactions with students, dealing with common teaching dilemmas, leading class sessions, and grading student work. This event is highly recommended for all new graduate TAs and is also open to returning TAs, postdocs, and other interested graduate students. 

Foundations of Teaching workshop series

Each semester, we offer at least one 4-week series for new teaching assistants designed to introduce and develop the fundamental skills of effective teaching. We cover how to communicate expectations, facilitate a class session, grade fairly and efficiently, and teach for critical thinking, providing first-time TAs with a solid foundation for successful teaching in graduate school and beyond.

Postdoctoral and Graduate Associate Program

Each year, we hire experienced TAs or instructors to serve as Postdoctoral and Graduate Associates (PGAs) at the Kaneb Center. PGAs facilitate workshops on effective teaching, develop teaching resources, and contribute to other activities to help graduate students and postdocs grow as teachers. This position is an excellent opportunity to develop as an instructor, a professional, and a leader.

Graduate Peer Observation Program

Have an experienced graduate student observe your class, tutorial, or discussion section in this confidential, low-stakes opportunity for formative feedback. A Postdoctoral or Graduate Associate will sit in on your class session and follow up to schedule an informal discussion about your teaching strengths and opportunities for improvement.


Graduate students and postdocs can earn certificates as a way to demonstrate their commitment to improving their teaching. Certificates are granted on a rolling basis throughout the year. They are granted digitally, with hard copies available upon request. 

  • Striving for Excellence in Teaching Certificate
  • Advanced Teaching Scholar Certificate