What is the Graduate Teaching Consultant Program?

Teaching consultants (TCs) are a group of experienced graduate students who work with the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) on activities designed to promote excellence in graduate student teaching at the University of Chicago. The goal of the TC program is to provide graduate students access to experienced peer consultants for guidance and support in their important roles as teachers. While graduate students benefit greatly from mentoring in their home departments, the TC program provides graduate students with an additional source of support – providing a safe and confidential place to explore teaching issues and discuss teaching problems. Any graduate student can request a consultation with a Graduate Teaching Consultant by e-mailing teaching@college.uchicago.edu.

Why become a teaching consultant (TC)?

Teaching consultants have a unique opportunity to help advance graduate teaching and learning across the university while continuing their own development as teachers. All TCs receive training in consulting techniques from the CTL, including how to conduct individual teaching consultations (ITCs) and mid-course reviews (MCRs). Additionally, TCs meet bi-weekly at the CTL as members of a teaching circle. These meetings are used to discuss consulting case studies, to foster inclusive teaching practices, and to learn new pedagogic techniques.

Apply to become a TC!

We encourage doctoral students planning to pursue careers in academia to consider applying for the position of teaching consultant (TC).

Applications will be considered according to the following criteria:

  • commitment to/interest in teaching
  • teaching experience (teaching assistantships or standalone courses)
  • interest in working with others around teaching and pedagogy

To submit an application, please send a cover letter and CV to Chandani Patel (patelc@uchicago.edu). The cover letter should address the applicant’s interest in and commitment to teaching. The CV should list all relevant teaching experience.

Preference will be given to applicants who have completed the ITC (Individual Teaching Consultation) process.