Enhance and Document Your Teaching Practices and Goals
The Teaching Transcript Program provides Princeton graduate students and postdoctoral researchers opportunities to develop as self-reflective teachers who identify what they want their students to learn and then create strategies to promote and assess that learning.
The program includes workshops on a wide range of issues related to teaching and academic careers, lunchtime discussions with faculty who are distinguished teachers, and a teaching observation. It culminates with the preparation of an original course syllabus and a statement of teaching philosophy, which is increasingly important in academic job searches.
Upon completion of the program, participants receive a certificate and a letter of completion that documents their pedagogical training. As a demonstration of a commitment to effective teaching, the transcript certificate and letter of completion may be included with application materials for academic positions, added to a Graduate School dossier, or added to a departmental job placement folder.
Graduate students typically complete the five components of the program below within one to two years.
Graduate students who wish to complete this program must:
1. Attend the University-wide AI Orientation (offered by the McGraw Center each semester) and receive a certificate of participation.
2. Complete a minimum of one semester as an AI. The appointment should include direct interaction with students.
3. While serving as an AI, have a class visit and feedback session with a consultant from the McGraw Center. This should be within the first nine weeks of the semester. Normally, this class observation will include videotaping for personal use and reflection. Requests for class visits can be made online from our website.
4. In no particular order, participate in at least five structured pedagogy programs sponsored by the McGraw Center. One of the five required programs may be in an academic department or other campus units, such as the Princeton Writing Program or the Council on Science and Technology. See our Pedagogy and Professional Development Workshops page for sessions which are related to the Teaching Transcript Program.
5. Submit a statement of teaching philosophy and an original syllabus for an introductory or lower-level disciplinary course. Teaching Transcript participants should contact us to send a draft that we will review and suggest revisions for the final version to complete the Program. We recommend that you read our web pages and FAQs on writing teaching statements as you write or revise your statement.
For further information about the program, please contact Sarah Schwarz, Associate Director, Teaching Initiatives and Programs for Graduate Students, or 8-4184. To begin the process of establishing a Teaching Transcript, contact our Program Coordinator, Evelyn Spradley.