Graduate Student Development


In collaboration with UT’s academic departments and graduate student support organizations, the GSI program, offered by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), provides opportunities to advance graduate students’ pedagogical, academic, and professional progress. The GSI Program is an initiative of the Office of the Provost, the Graduate School, and CTL.

Becoming a College Teacher

Our resource website: Becoming a College Teacher provides pedagogical support for instructors in a variety of areas such as lecturing, discussion, and assessment. The instructional content is focused on evidence-based teaching strategies, and features video clips of exemplary instructors.

Individual Consultation

GSIs commonly find instructional coaching helpful during their teaching career at UT-Austin. CTL staff devoted to GSI-specific teaching needs are available to support and advise you on all aspects of teaching such as syllabus and instructional activity design, effective classroom management, and even strategies for inspiring (or re-inspiring) you and your students.

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Midterm Assessment Consulting

Frequent feedback from students helps instructors meet students’ needs. CTL staff are available to meet with GSIs interested in designing their own feedback instruments, or to discuss the use of other assessment tools. CTL staff can also assist with planning formative and summative assessments, creating rubrics, analyzing exam questions, and interpreting results.

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Teaching Philosophy Working Groups

A teaching philosophy is a reflection on your beliefs about teaching and learning and how you put those beliefs into practice. They are increasingly required by faculty search committees. CTL staff can assist you with preparing these documents by sharing handouts about how to construct these. CTL is also available to hold working group meetings for groups of interested graduate students, in which CTL staff will share tips and strategies for successfully crafting a teaching philosophy and facilitate peer workshops of teaching philosophy drafts.

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Graduate students may be appointed as a Teaching Assistant, Assistant Instructor, Graduate Research Assistant, Academic Assistant, Assistant (Graduate) or Tutor (Graduate) for up to 14 long semesters while pursuing a graduate degree at The University of Texas at Austin.

Visit the graduate student employment website for more information.

If you have any questions please email: or call (512) 232-5181. 

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