Programs for Graduate Students

The Teaching + Learning Commons offers several programs for UC San Diego graduate students as described below.


Teach for Student Learning and Success: Workshops and Courses

Teaching Workshops for Instructional Assistants and Future Faculty

The Teaching + Learning Commons offers workshops on a variety of topics related to teaching for student learning and success, both as an Instructional Assistant (IA) and as Instructor of Record. These 80 minute workshops are designed to create community among graduate students and postdocs interested in teaching, and allow opportunities for hands-on experience and practical discussion of evidence-based teaching practices that support student learning.


  • Week 0 Teaching Workshops for Instructional Assistants: Optimize your success as an IA and support student learning from Day 1! 

  • Foundations of Teaching for Student Learning and Success Workshops are offered throughout Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters (dates and registration coming soon), with topics including:
    • Teach to Help Students Learn
    • Build an Inclusive and Supportive Learning Community
    • Inclusive Teaching Practices
    • Communicate with Clarity
    • Reduce Barriers: Universal Design for Learning
    • Establishing Classroom Culture

For more information and to register please check out our flyer.  


Introduction to College Teaching

As you look toward future faculty positions, develop your expertise in evidence-based effective teaching practices that support student learning and create a lesson plan for a class in your discipline. This quarter-long course meets for nine weekly two-hour experiences.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain and implement evidence-based teaching strategies to create a student-centered, inclusive classroom 
  2. Engage in an active and productive discussion surrounding effective teaching
  3. Develop a lesson plan 
  4. Connect the value of a learning community associated with teaching and learning 
  5. Access and apply resources and support for their continued development as instructors

Learn more.

Register here.

New Instructor of Record Support

Equitable and Inclusive Teaching

Develop as an effective instructor with strategies to create an inclusive classroom. Workshops typically are offered quarterly and may be requested for departments or specific groups on campus (contact Erilynn to inquire).

Workshop: Creating Classroom Culture

Participants will create a draft of their own classroom culture guidelines to include in their syllabus, and then work through challenges they might encounter to those guidelines.

Workshop: Universal Design for Learning

Description under the title: With an introduction to Universal Design for Learning, you will identify specific strategies for making your instructional materials accessible for all learners, by reducing barriers in instruction and providing appropriate accommodations, supports, and challenges.

Workshop: Inclusive Teaching Tools

Inclusivity is more than a buzzword - it is a necessary strategy for any instructor who wants to communicate their material effectively. In this workshop, you will learn about the evidence-based reasons behind the inclusivity push, and then you will brainstorm and consider specific, actionable tools to implement in designing and facilitating your class. This workshop is offered stand-alone and in conjunction with other sessions.

Workshop: Responding to Resistance

Despite our best efforts to design a supportive and inclusive classroom, there might be students whose comments or actions are not conducive to this environment. When do we intervene? How do we respond? Discuss scenarios and consider which tactics might be most effective for you. Next workshop date TBD.

English Language Program for International Instructors (ELP-ii)






Individual Support and Preparing for the Job Market

Teaching Consultations, Observations, and Mid-Quarter Student Feedback

Voluntary, confidential and personalized. Come meet one-on-one with a Graduate Instructional Designer to talk through questions you might have and strategies for success as an Instructional or Teaching Assistant, or Instructor of Record. Request a Teaching Consultation.

There is also the opportunity for a Teaching Observation by a Graduate Instructional Designer, providing a new level of awareness and insight to your teaching (with no judgement!).

Request a Classroom Observation here. 

Mid-Quarter Feedback: Receive timely feedback on students’ perceptions of their learning, with guidance and time to act on the responses. A Graduate Instructional Designer will collect small group feedback from students in the final 10-15 minutes of class, ideally mid-quarter, and provide you with the results: detailed, actionable, and anonymized data. Contact to schedule this service.

Teaching Chats

Informal conversations about issues affecting you as a graduate student or postdoc instructor, occurring regularly at social venues around campus. Learn more here.

Writing your Teaching & Diversity Statements





Additional Resources

Resource Guide for Teaching as an Instructional Assistant

Addresses common questions about the role of the Instructional Assistant (IA) or Teaching Assistant (TA), teaching strategies, logistics, resources and support for you and your students. Available here.

Departmental Faculty Advisors for Teaching & Instructional Assistants

Teaching + Learning Commons Brochure for Graduate Students

Download the brochure here.

Please contact us at with questions, requests, or ideas.