Programs for Graduate Students

The Center for Engaged Teaching (CET) offers several programs for UC San Diego graduate students as described below.



Survival Skills for Instructional Assistants and Teaching Assistants

Discuss and implement practical tips and strategies to survive and thrive as a Teaching Assistant (TA) or an Instructional Assistant (IA). 

Tentative Course Outline:

  1. Your Role as TA or IA
  2. Class Culture
  3. Responding to and Creating Questions
  4. Facilitating Discussions and Gathering Feedback
  5. Changing it up: Active Teaching Strategies
  6. Giving Feedback
  7. Practice Session
  8. Review Sessions

Learn more.

Register here.

Introduction to College Teaching

As you look beyond the Instructional Assistant (IA) or Teaching Assistant (TA) position, develop your expertise in evidence-based effective teaching practices that support student learning and create a lesson plan. 

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

English Language Program for International Instructors (ELP-ii)






Stand-Alone Opportunities

Effective Teaching for Diverse Students

Develop as an effective instructor with strategies to create an inclusive classroom.

Workshop + Creating Session: Inclusive Teaching- Creating the Classroom Culture

This two-in-one workshop + create session starts with strategies for communicating ideas effectively to all learners, from the lecture hall to the seminar room, and deploying course materials that support the inclusivity push currently sweeping higher education. During the second “create” half of the session, participants will have the opportunity to develop guidelines for their classroom culture, and then work through challenges they might encounter with their model.

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.

Orientation for New Teaching & Instructional Assistants

At this annual orientation, new Teaching & Instructional Assistants (TIAs) participate in presentations and discussions about how to be a successful TIA, with opportunities to meet and hear from graduate students, faculty and staff from across campus who are ready to support new TIAs as they face the challenges of helping students learn.

Teaching Conversations

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

Writing about Teaching

Receive guidance on what to include in an effective teaching statement and diversity statement, plus directed time to write and receive peer feedback on a draft. Learn more here.





Additional Resources

Departmental Faculty Advisors for Teaching & Instructional Assistants

Survival Guide

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.

Teaching Consultations and Observations

Voluntary, confidential and personalized. Come meet one-on-one with a CET Graduate Instructional Designer to talk through questions you might have and strategies for success as an Instructional or Teaching Assistant, or Instructor of Record. Sign up for an individual consultation on this calendar.


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!).

Teaching + Learning Commons Brochure for Graduate Students

Download the brochure here.

Please contact us at or fill out an interest form here with questions, requests, or ideas.