Support for Future Faculty


For those looking to develop as a Teaching & Instructional Assistant (TIA), we suggest checking out our support for TIAs. For Graduate Students and Postdocs looking to develop further as instructors and prepare for future faculty positions, the Teaching + Learning Commons is pleased to offer the following opportunities (click on the titles for upcoming events!): 



Introduction to College Teaching
Looking to be future faculty? Ready to consider the art and science of teaching? Develop expertise in evidence-based effective teaching practices and create a lesson plan for a future class session in your discipline. Free course with the Teaching + Learning Commons (2 hours/week for 9 weeks) open to UC San Diego graduate students and postdocs preparing to be future faculty. More information can be found on our website or the course syllabus.




Course Design Studio for New Instructors of Record
Three-day comprehensive Studio on creating, modifying, or updating your course framework (9am-4pm each day, breakfast, lunch, and coffee included). For more information on Course Design Studio, please click here or email to inquire. For more information on the Summer Graduate Teaching Scholar support click here.



Inclusive Teaching: 228+ 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.
Inclusive Teaching: Creating the Classroom Culture
Develop guidelines for your classroom culture to include in your syllabus, and then have the chance to consider and work through challenges you might encounter with your model.
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. Dates TBD.
Teaching Statement Writing Workshop and Diversity Statement Writing Workshop
Develop skills and insights for writing effective teaching and diversity statements, including dedicated time to write and/or receive peer feedback on a draft. Receive insights from both the Engaged Teaching Hub and the Writing and Critical Expression Hub.
On-going Teaching Workshops & Creating Sessions
Drop-in workshops on a variety of effective teaching topics. Check out the calendar to see what is coming up!


Learning Communities:

Teaching Chats
Informal meet-ups to share collective experiences, ask questions, and discuss the philosophy and practice of teaching and learning in a relaxed setting. Occurring monthly in social venues around campus, with a different topic each month.



Teaching Consultations and Observations
Personalized, voluntary, and confidential. 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. 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 (without judgement!).
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 de-identified data. Contact to schedule this service.


*Unless otherwise noted, events are located in the Literature Building Room 210