The McGraw Center is the central resource for faculty who seek to enhance their teaching at Princeton. The Center offers a robust and integrated assortment of expertise and resources that extend from course design and active learning strategies to classroom technologies and online teaching and learning. To keep up to date on the latest faculty news and events, please feel free to subscribe to our Faculty Newsletter.
Programs and services currently offered for faculty include:
- Pedagogy and professional development events offer focused discussions on the goals and practices of teaching in the Princeton classroom. We offer a program of workshops, lunch discussions and faculty panels on a wide variety of teaching topics throughout the academic year and summer. McGraw events are led by Princeton faculty and/or our professional staff; they are informed by current scholarship and feature emerging technologies that support innovation in all areas of teaching and learning.
- McGraw Teaching Institutes bring faculty together for extended discussions and structured activities that enable faculty to make real progress in designing and redesigning new courses.
- One-on-one instructional consultations to discuss your particular teaching challenges as well as new classroom strategies and technologies. Consultations may include a class observation and detailed feedback and advice to address your pedagogical concerns.
- We are available to visit department faculty meetings to discuss a wide range of issues such as course design, planning interactive classes, meaningful grading and assessment, course development proposals, and online learning, just to name several topics.
- McGraw staff are available to advise faculty on the development of proposals for support of projects that advance innovative teaching and learning in the Princeton classroom and beyond. Contact Sarah Schwarz, Associate Director for Teaching Initiatives and Programs, to schedule a consultation.
- Princeton's initiative in online education is housed in the McGraw Center, which offers all of the design and production resources for developing blended and open courses. We support faculty in integrating online teaching tools into their teaching to increase engagement among their Princeton students in and out of the classroom. We also collaborate with faculty in globalizing their Princeton courses by opening them to the world as MOOCs. Rebecca Graves-Bayazitoglu, Director of the McGraw Center, is the point of contact for faculty interested in this initiative.
- Strategies to promote inclusive teaching are available from the Working Group on Inclusive Teaching and Learning through faculty discussions, online resources, and individual consultations.
- The Big Class Project brings together a collection of resources for faculty teaching large classes to help with class organization, lecture design, collaborative learning, and the use of technology to enhance student interaction with peers and instructors.
- For new assistant professors, the McGraw Center runs New Faculty Orientation on behalf of the Office of the Dean of the Faculty and the Office of the Dean of the College. This full day session offers an opportunity to meet faculty and administrators at Princeton and get advice on acclimating to departmental culture, publishing, grant-writing, and teaching at Princeton.
- Our Teaching Conversations in the Residential Colleges series brings together faculty from across divisions and departments and provides opportunities for the sharing of knowledge and ideas among peers on particular topics. These lunchtime conversations are co-sponsored by the McGraw Center and the Residential Colleges and are led by the McGraw Center Faculty Fellows.
- The McGraw Center provides the Mentoring Fund to support activities for faculty to mentor graduate students in teaching. The fund can be used to defray the costs of refreshments during special mentoring events among faculty and AIs in current courses or at department events.
Explore the links to the left to find out more about each of these opportunities. Appointments may be made with McGraw staff members by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 8-2575.