Faculty Learning Communities

Princeton is not only a community of research scholars, but a community of educators as well. We invite faculty to join the following groups to discuss their teaching practices and philosophies, to problem solve about challenges in the classroom and to share new ideas with one another. McGraw facilitates the organization of various faculty teaching communities and welcomes suggestions from faculty for new groups of special interest.

Teaching in Community

This semester, we will devote our Teaching in Community lunches to discussing mentorship. Though there is no one "right" way to mentor, a growing body of research and evidence-based practices exist to promote intentional, inclusive, effective, and ethical mentoring in academia. Join supportive colleagues to share questions, experiences, and “best practices” and to explore solutions to common challenges.     


  • Creating Healthy Labs through Effective Mentorship 
    Thursday, February 22, 2024, 12:00 - 1:15 PM, Frist 329, RSVP

    Doctoral students in STEM spend years in lab settings and working with mentors and other trainees in collaborative teams. In this session, we will explore what a “healthy” lab looks and feels like and discuss strategies for creating one.


  • Mentoring Humanities Students After Coursework 
    Thursday, March 21, 2024, 12:00 - 1:15 PM, Frist 329, RSVP

    Doctoral students spend the majority of time in their programs after completing their coursework. For many Humanities and Social Sciences trainees in particular, this period of independent research can feel solitary, which makes the mentoring relationship even more essential. In this session, we will explore strategies for supporting students through the dissertation process and beyond.


  • Mentoring Graduate Students: Giving and Receiving Feedback 
    Thursday, April 18, 2024, 12:00 - 1:15 PM, Frist 329, RSVP

    As mentors, we are expected to provide feedback–both verbal and written–on our graduate students’ work, progress, and professional development. In this session, we will explore strategies for giving students meaningful feedback in a variety of contexts while also discussing the importance of soliciting feedback from mentees, as well.



Alternative Grading Faculty Working Group

For Princeton faculty interested in learning about and/or using innovative methods for grading students, including collaborative grading, specs grading and ungrading techniques. Meetings occur on an ad hoc basis. Email [email protected] for more information. 

STEM Teaching Group

Aimed at Princeton faculty and instructors in science and engineering (and teaching in related fields), this informal monthly gathering over lunch includes discussions of teaching in STEM+ spaces and learning from both research literature and shared classroom experiences. The group is particularly focused on those teaching undergraduate courses in STEM, but all engaged in STEM teaching are welcome. Those interested in joining should email Colleen Richardson ([email protected]) for further details and to join the listserv.

Series, 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM, Frist 330

  • Tuesday, February 13
  • Wednesday, March 13
  • Thursday, April 11
  • Wednesday, May 8

Inclusive Teaching Book Club

Join faculty from across divisions to read and discuss Kelly Hogan and Viji Sathy's book Inclusive Teaching: Strategies for Promoting Equity in the College Classroom in advance of their visit to campus this spring. Contact Jessica Del Vecchio for details.