The CCT offers one-on-one advice for graduate students and postdocs seeking to improve their teaching skills and develop documents and course materials related to teaching. These consultations are with CCT staff members; the registration process for them is done via Grad Gargoyle.  Students and post-docs can sign up through that site.  Detailed Instructions on regsitration are located at the bottom of the page.

Such appointments may be useful when you are teaching for the first time, planning to teach in the coming academic year, or developing syllabi and lesson plans. Our staff is here to provide general teaching advice as well as formative feedback on syllabus drafts.

Teaching at the University of Chicago:

We are also here to support graduate students and postdocs in their pedagogical development with guidance on how to document your teaching, and how to articulate and demonstrate your skills.  As you approach the academic job market, it is advisable to schedule a consultation with CCT staff to receive feedback on the statement of teaching philosophy and /or your teaching portfolio. We are also provide feedback and advice on the teaching demo, a critical event during the campus visit.

The Academic Job Market:

Scheduling Instructions for one-on-one advising appointment. with a CCT Staff member:

  1. Login to GRAD Gargoyle: and select “Advising Appointments” from the “Shortcuts” menu on the right-hand side.
  2. Consultations offered by the CCT are indicated by the prefix “TEACHING” in the dropdown menu under “Type”.
  3. Once you have selected the desired type of appointment, hit “Refine Results” and a list of available appointments will appear on the righthand side. You can then select a date and time that works with your schedule.
  4. Please use the “Additional Notes” text box to enter details related to the appointment. You can also go back into the system after the appointment is made to add additional notes and to upload documents (e.g. a Word file containing your statement of teaching philosophy).

If you must cancel your appointment, please email the person you are scheduled to meet with as soon as possible.