Summer Graduate Teaching Scholars Program

The Summer Graduate Teaching Scholars (SGTS) program provides excellent opportunities for advanced graduate students to obtain mentored teaching experience.  At the same time, it increases Summer Session course offerings to undergraduate students.  Each General Campus department or program is invited to nominate as many advanced graduate students to teach in Summer Session as participants in this professional development program.

Department and Program Nomination Guidelines

Graduate student teaching scholars will receive the regular Summer Session salary as Associate-In and payment for participation in the training component of the program.  The program entails guidance by a faculty mentor, teaching workshops by the Center for Engaged Teaching (CET) and weekly meetings during the summer.  Graduate student scholars are provided feedback during the course, and participate in pre- and post-course evaluations.  The mentoring experience, by faculty, the Center for Engaged Learning, and former summer graduate teaching scholars, are key components of the program.  Previous years' scholars have praised the value of this opportunity.  Priority will be given to graduate students who would be first-time Associate-In.

Teaching Scholar - Eligibility Criteria

  1. Graduate students must have Advanced to Candidacy by January 4 of the year in which they wish to teach.
  2. Nominees must be current UC San Diego graduate students registered full-time at UCSD in Spring Quarter and/or Fall Quarter of the year they wish to teach. 
  3. Nominees may not be scheduled to receive their Ph.D. prior to the Summer Session teaching appointment.
  4. Academic Senate policy allows graduate students to teach existing courses, but not new courses offered for the first time.  Please visit the Academic Senate and the Graduate Division website for policy on appointing graduate students as Associate-In.  If a student is or has been an Associate-In, they may participate in the program providing they have only been in this title for one quarter.
  5. Summer Session policy for approving a proposed course requires an enrollment history of a minimum of 15 students in summer session, or 20 students if the course was taught in fall, winter, or spring quarters within the past two years.
  6. Graduate students must have successfully completed the Center for Engaged Teaching course The College Classroom or be currently enrolled in the course in Fall of the year before they wish to teach.  Nominees unable to meet this condition may receive a conditional acceptance in the program contingent on their completion of The College Classroom in Winter of they year they wish to teach.  It will be the responsibility of the SGTS to fit the class into his or her Winter schedule.  For information on "The College Classroom", see 

Teaching Scholar Preparation and Support Requirements

  1. Participation in a series of "Preparing to Teach" workshops in Spring of they year you are approved to teach.
  2. At least one 60-minute consultation with members of the Center for Engaged Teaching before the Summer Session class begins.
  3. Attend reflection meetings, once per week during the summer session of teaching.
  4. Complete an evaluation of the program before the end of the summer.

Required Department Nomination Components

  1. Nomination Form
  2. Nomination memo – The Department Chair/Program Director is required to provide the nomination memo. Please address:
    • the qualifications of the nominee
    • programmatic needs for the course
    • an explanation of ways in which offering this course in summer would reduce pressure on course offerings during the academic year
    • likelihood the course will reach the projected enrollment (include previous student enrollment and any other considerations, such as increases in a major that requires the course)
  3. Statement from the Faculty Mentor – The Faculty mentor should address his/her role in guiding the teaching scholar throughout the duration of the course. Mentors must be Academic Senate members and in residence in San Diego during the course.
  4. Nominee's Teaching Assistant or Teaching Evaluations – Summarized student evaluations (up to 3-4 pages) conducted by previous course instructors or students are required.
  5. Nominee's current CV (or resume) and a brief statement of interest – Please limit the total pages to 1-2 if feasible.

Unfortunately, Summer Session courses will be cancelled and the appointment will be voided if the course does not meet the minimum enrollment of 10 by the Course Cancellation deadline.  Please propose courses carefully, choosing those with a historically successful track record.

Nominations received by the due date will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary selection committee, chaired by the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs/Dean of Undergraduate Education, and approved by the Executive Vice Chancellor.  Priority will be given to graduate students who have not previously held Associate-In appointments.  Award recipients will be announced at the end of fall quarter.  Information on Summer Session can be found on their website.  Any changes to the scholar award should be made by the department chair and addressed to AVCDUE Sawrey.

Photos from the 2016 SGTS Certificate Program and Teaching-as-Research Poster Session.


Summer Graduate Teaching Scholar Sarah Lerch presenting her Teaching-as-Research project at a poster session.


Dr. Emily Grossman presents a CIRTL Practitioner certificate to Katharine Tillman.


Dr. Erilynn Heinrichsen and Dr. Emily Grossman pose with the Summer Graduate Teaching Scholars at the program completion celebration on Sept. 14.