Teaching Support & Opportunities for Graduate Students
The Duke Graduate School is committed to helping graduate students develop a reflective, evidence-based teaching practice as they explore teaching at Duke and career options beyond graduate school. We offer courses, programming, and resources to support your development across a range of teaching roles, from TAing to being an instructor of record.
Graduate Certificate in College Teaching
With nearly 500 PhD students from every academic division at the university, the Certificate in College Teaching (CCT) is the largest and most diverse graduate certificate program at Duke University. Founded in 2011, it provides pedagogical training, access to teaching experience at a many levels, and guidance in documenting your training and experience as you think about your next professional steps in and beyond graduate school.
Preparing Future Faculty
The Preparing Future Faculty program at Duke provides a yearlong experience for PhD students and postdocs to prepare them for the multiple roles they may be asked to assume as future faculty members in a variety of academic institutions. If you apply and are accepted, you will choose a faculty mentor at another, nearby college or university to work with for a year to explore faculty life beyond Duke and be better prepared for your next professional steps after graduation.
Bass Instructional Fellowships
The Bass Instructional Fellowship Program supports high-quality teaching experiences for Ph.D. students where normal means of funding are unavailable. It also helps students become more knowledgeable in digital teaching and learning. The program offers fellowships for instructors of record (Bass IORs), instructional teaching assistants (Bass TAs), and, in partnership with Duke Learning Innovation, Digital education fellows (Bass DEFs). These fellowships were made possible by a generous gift from the family of Anne T. and Robert M. Bass.
Graduate Instructor of Record (IOR) Support
One of the single best things you can do for your development as a college teacher is to seek out opportunities to be an instructor of record (IOR): the formally designated instructor (or professor) of a credit-bearing, college-level class who is responsible for instruction, evaluation and final grade submission. It is a lot of work and responsibility, but it can be a transformative experience.
Teaching Assistant (TA) Training
While graduate departments and programs provide primary training, assessment and support for gradaute teaching assistants (TAs), The Graduate School collaborates closely with Duke Learning Innovation and other units across campus to offer additional workshops, consulting and support for TA training across the university.
College Teaching Workshop Series
The College Teaching Series is an annual workshop series open to Duke graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff. Invited speakers in this series will draw upon their experience to address topics relevant to classroom teaching, dealing with students, or faculty life and career paths.