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 right before their first semester in the classroom. Please note that the upcoming Spring AI Orientation (AIO) will be held virtually. You will receive information once your department registers you. Please consult with your department if you have questions regarding your registration or whether you are required to attend the orientation. You should not attend AIO until you’re actually beginning your AI duties.
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.
Postdoctoral researchers enrolled in the Teaching Transcript Program can sign up for and attend AI Orientation in order to complete that teaching transcript requirement. To sign up, postdoctoral researchers should email Sandra Moskovitz at the McGraw Center.