The College of Liberal Arts, in collaboration with the Graduate School, is developing a set of measures intended to strengthen the profile of doctoral students who are about to enter the academic job market. Because teaching is likely to remain the primary activity of most of our graduates, we are increasing our efforts to prepare students for teaching and to highlight their training and experience as instructors.
Toward that end, the Graduate School has created the Graduate School Teaching Fellowship, which will be awarded yearly to a select group of departments. COLA piloted this initiative in 2011-2012 with doctoral students from Comparative Literature, Government, History, and Linguistics.
The fellowship will come in the form of a $5,000 stipend, given to a doctoral student slated to teach an upper-division undergraduate seminar. The topic proposed for the course will be grounded in the fellow’s dissertation project and draw on her/his expertise, with the expectation that it will contribute to the teaching mission of the department.
In collaboration with UT’s academic departments and graduate student support organizations, the Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) program, offered by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), provides opportunities to advance graduate students’ pedagogical, academic, and professional progress. The GSI Program is an initiative of the Office of the Provost, the Office of Graduate Studies, and the CTL.
The Sanger Center offers career counseling, provides online resources for graduate student instructors, and houses the Supplemental Instruction program.
The mission of IE is to educate "citizen-scholars"--individuals who creatively utilize their intellectual capital as a lever for social good. IE offers resources for graduate students preparing dissertations, entering the academic job market, researching non-academic career options, and more.