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Teaching Support & Development

Learning to teach is integral to preparing for a career in academia. At Yale, you can count on support and guidance from the professor in whose course you assist, as well as from others in your department or program. In addition, the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning will help you strengthen your skills as an instructor.

Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning

The Poorvu Center runs many programs to help graduate students develop as teachers, including:

  • Fundamentals of Teaching, a workshop series that helps participants engage actively with the theory and practice of inclusive teaching.
  • Teaching@Yale Day (T@YD), a one-day workshop for all first-time Teaching Fellows and Part-Time Acting Instructors that provides student and faculty perspectives on teaching and raises awareness about resources to support teaching.
  • Certificate of College Teaching Preparation (CCTP), a program in college teaching that helps to prepare graduate students for the academic job market and results in a notation on the graduate transcript. 
  • Associates in Teaching (AT), an initiative that allows advanced doctoral students to co-design and co-lead an undergraduate course with a faculty mentor.
  • Digital Education Innovation Grants, a funding opportunity for graduate students who develop innovative digital tools for teaching.
  • McDougal Graduate Teaching Fellows, an opportunity to join a team that leads programs on effective teaching, develops teaching resources, and provides classroom teaching observations for graduate student instructors.
  • Instructional Consultations & Classroom Observations, a chance to get advice on course design, syllabus development, and job market materials, provided by the staff of the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning.

Need more information or have questions? 

Please explore the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning website to see the wide array of available resources. Contact Suzanne Young, Director of Graduate and Postdoctoral Teaching Development, if you have any questions.