Teaching Transcript

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.

Students typically complete the five components of the program below within one to two years.

Requirements for the teaching transcript for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers

Requirements Graduate Student Postdoctoral Researcher
AI Orientation required required
AI Appointment required waived
class observation required required
five pedagogy workshops required required
a written statement of teaching philosophy and original syllabus required required

Requirement components summary

  1. AI Orientation: The Graduate School requires all first-time AIs at Princeton to attend the McGraw Center’s AI Orientation, offered each semester. Departments register their graduate students for Orientation, and postdocs will need to contact the McGraw Center directly to register.
  2. AI appointment: Graduate students need to complete a minimum of one semester as an AI and arrangements for this are made through the department. The appointment should include direct interaction with students. The AI appointment requirement is waived for postdocs.
  3. Class observation: While serving as an AI, graduate students need to have a class observation 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. Postdocs are encouraged to find an opportunity to guest precept or lecture by coordinating with friends or colleagues in their department, and the required class visit can take place during this teaching opportunity.
  4. Five pedagogy workshops: In no particular order, graduate students and postdocs are required to 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 that are related to the Teaching Transcript Program.
  5. Written teaching statement and syllabus: Graduate students and postdocs are also required to complete a statement of teaching philosophy and an original syllabus for an introductory or lower-level disciplinary course. These documents are submitted to the teaching transcript program and reviewed in a consultation. Documents should then be updated with suggested material, and go through a final review. We recommend that you read our web pages and FAQs on writing teaching statements as you write or revise your materials. 

For further information about the program, please contact Sarah Schwarz, Associate Director, Teaching Initiatives and Programs for Graduate Students, or 8-4184. Use the Teaching Transcript Program Enrollment form to begin the process of establishing a Teaching Transcript.