Graduate Students & Postdoctoral Fellows

The Center for Teaching Innovation promotes best practices in teaching to support excellence in undergraduate learning at Cornell and beyond. We can help you accelerate your readiness as an instructor, support you in designing and implementing the best learning opportunities for your students, and prepare you for future teaching-related endeavors. Here is a snapshot of our current programming.

Our approach to teaching is anchored in five elements: innovation, diversity, evidence-based practices, assessment, and technology. Through our programming, you have the opportunity to learn more about how people learn, explore evidence-based teaching strategies, develop pedagogical skills, and reflect on and document your teaching journey at Cornell. 

Developing Your Teaching Journey

A pyramid with three stages: getting ready for the academic job market; developing your teaching practice; getting started at Cornell
  • Where do I begin? Get started: During your early years at Cornell, participating in our programs will support your development in the core competencies. Begin by making a strategic plan with your end goal in mind. The Teaching Assistant Online Orientation provides a nice introduction. Also, consider registering for the Teaching Portfolio Program right away. We recommend that you start by participating in GET SET workshops and the annual fall teaching conference.

  • How do I develop further? Evolve in your teaching practice: As your interests develop, you may want to explore more intensive programs, such as different day-long institutes, the Teaching and Learning in the Diverse Classroom 4-week online course, or a semester-long pedagogy course.
  • Where does this lead me? Prepare for the academic job market: If you anticipate a future faculty-related role, we suggest applying for the CTI fellowship or participating in the ALS 6015 course. Both experiences will help you reflect and design your teaching portfolio to articulate your development as a teacher.

Explore Our Programs

Students seated in a circle

GET SET Program

The GET SET Program consists of workshops, courses, and institutes that invite you to explore specific topics more deeply and anticipate how to apply the concepts and practices in the context of your teaching. We also host an annual teaching celebration conference for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars designed to broadly explore multiple topics over the course of the day. 

The Cornell Online Learning Community Annual Event through the round window of the room door

International TA Program 

The International Teaching Assistant Program (ITAP), which includes a summer orientation program, English language assessment, and a course focused on building oral proficiency, supports international teaching assistants in meeting required levels of oral English proficiency for teaching assignments at Cornell as set by the Office of the Provost.

CTI Grad Fellows in conversation

Teaching Portfolio Program

Whether you begin your journey early with us, or are headed to the job market soon, a portfolio encourages you to document and reflect on your teaching journey at Cornell. Register at any time to be part of CTI’s Teaching Portfolio Program.

2020-21 CTI Teaching Fellows

CTI Fellowship

Apply for a selective CTI Graduate Teaching Fellowship and, together with peers, deepen your understanding of effective course and workshop design, assessment of learning, and the development of resources that foster teaching excellence and innovation.