The CCT offers one-on-one consultations for graduate students and postdocs seeking to improve their teaching skills and develop documents and materials related to teaching. These consultations are with CCT staff members. Grad students and postdocs can sign up for one-on-one consultations through GRAD Gargoyle.

Scheduling Instructions

  1. Login to GRAD Gargoyle: https://grad-uchicago-csm.symplicity.com 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.

Teaching at the University of Chicago

The CCT offers a number of consultations that can help graduate students and postdocs with their teaching at the University of Chicago. Such appointments may be useful when you are teaching for the first time, planning to teach in the coming academic year, or developing course materials such as syllabuses and lesson plans. The CCT staff is here to provide general teaching advice as well as formative feedback on syllabus drafts.

Teaching and the Academic Job Market 

As graduate students and postdocs approach the academic job market, it is advisable to schedule a consultation with CCT staff to receive feedback on documents related to teaching. This includes, but is not limited to, the statement of teaching philosophy, the teaching portfolio, and the teaching section of the cover letter. We are also able to provide feedback and advice on the teaching demo, a critical event during the campus visit.