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2011 winner Susan Muller and her GSIs

GSIs: do you have a great mentor? Nominate by March 5.

Mentoring award nominations: Nominations closed February 3 for the Graduate Division’s Sarlo Awards and the Graduate Assembly’s Faculty Mentor Awards, but one category remains open until March 5: the Graduate Division’s Faculty Award for Outstanding Mentorship of GSIs. Details are available on the GSI Center’s website. (If you’re curious, an overview of all three award categories  was published earlier in GradNews.)

Teaching Workshops

The GSI Teaching & Resource Center provides a professional development series of Workshops on Teaching for GSIs. These workshops cover a wide variety of topics related to university teaching and the GSI experience. The purpose is to offer GSIs, and other graduate students interested in teaching, opportunities for hands-on learning and practical discussion about pedagogy.

The first three workshops were held in January and February; three more will be held in March and Instruction on chalkboardApril, and are listed below. All of the workshops are held in 110 Sproul Hall.

Assessment of Teaching and Learning
Monday, March 5, Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Preparing Future Faculty: How to Teach a Large Course
Monday, March 19, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Teaching and the Academic Job Search
Tuesday, April 10, 1, Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Pre-registration for each event is encouraged; however, those who have not pre-registered are also welcome.

Summer Institute for Preparing Future Faculty: apply by March 1

From May 23 to June 27, 2012, the Graduate Division will offer its tenth annual Summer Institute for Preparing Future Faculty. The aim of this program is to enable graduate students to excel in all aspects of academic life as they pursue an advanced degree at Berkeley and transition from graduate school to future academic careers.

The Summer Institute program is geared to graduate students who have advanced to candidacy and are preparing for academic careers. The application deadline is March 1, 2012.

Applications are submitted online. See the Summer Institute Guidelines .

Comments from former Institute fellows:

“My career goals have been clarified. I was generally considering the academic track — now I know where I want to be and what I need to do to get there.” “A superb opportunity to learn how academia really works and to get my priorities in order.””I would recommend you give this as a regular course to ALL graduate students wanting a faculty job.”

“I definitely feel more prepared for the job market and for my first faculty job. I think I have realistic expectations about my roles and responsibilities, and I’ve gotten resources to identify my deficiencies (and strengths) while I have time to work on them.”

“Now that I have a clearer idea of what’s required — the task seems less daunting. Clarifying my goals has also energized me in my graduate research, and given me ideas for goals in my post-doctoral work to make the transition to faculty member easier.”