Most graduate students will teach at Princeton as Assistants in Instruction (AIs), and while the roles AIs play vary across the university, there is no question that AIs play a significant and meaningful role in undergraduate education at Princeton. AIs are found meeting in small groups with students, leading discussions and problem-solving sessions, teaching labs, consulting with students in office hours, grading and assisting in the design and delivery of courses.
To help you prepare for these important, skilled roles, the Graduate School requires all first-time AIs at Princeton to attend the McGraw Center’s orientation to teaching.
During Orientation you will:
* learn effective research-based teaching strategies specific to your discipline
* gain information about campus resources to support you in your work as AIs
* practice teaching and get feedback from experienced teachers
* embark on or continue your professional development as teachers, which can enhance your CVs for both academic and non-academic careers.
Graduate students attend AI Orientation (AIO) right before they start teaching. Departments register their graduate students for Orientation, so you should consult with your department to see if you’ve been registered. You should not attend AIO until you’re actually beginning your AI duties.
Fall 2017 Schedule
Thursday, September 7
9:30-10:00 a.m. Breakfast & Registration – Frist 2nd Floor (Humanities/Social Sciences), Frist 3rd Floor (Sciences), and CS Lobby (Engineering)
10:00-10:05 a.m. Welcome and Introduction – Frist 302 (Humanities/Social Sciences, and Sciences) Kate Stanton, Senior Associate Director for Teaching Initiatives and Programs, McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning and CS 104 (Engineering) Sarah Schwarz, Associate Director for Teaching Initiatives and Programs, McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning
10:10 a.m.- Noon Basics of Effective Teaching in Your Discipline*
Noon -12:45 p.m. Lunch – Frist 2nd and 3rd Floors (Humanities/Social Sciences, and Sciences); and CS Lobby (Engineering)
12:45-2:30 p.m. What Do I Do If...? Teaching Challenges and How to Meet Them*
2:30-2:45 p.m. Break – Frist 2nd and 3rd Floors (Humanities/Social Sciences, and Sciences); and CS Lobby (Engineering)
2:45-4:00 p.m. Follow-up, Review, and Preparation for Micro-teaching*
Friday, September 8
8:45-9:00 a.m. Breakfast – Frist 3rd Floor (Humanities/Social Sciences and Sciences), and CS Lobby (Engineering)
9:00-12:30 a.m. Micro-teaching*
SPECIAL OPTIONAL SESSIONS**
Princeton Writing Program, 1:30-3:00 p.m. in Frist 330
Princeton Writing Program, 1:30-3:00 p.m. in Frist 309
Regan Crotty, Title IX Administrator, 1:30-3:00 p.m. in Frist 206
*Room assignments will be given on the 8th.
**Advance session registration is required. Please register by Wednesday, September 6.