Teaching and Mentoring
Teaching and mentoring undergraduate students is a key component of a graduate students experience at Princeton. Through your department and campus partners, there are many avenues to become a master teacher and learn the best practices in mentoring and advising students. Skills in teaching and mentoring will serve you well in many diverse career paths.
The McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning offers extensive programs and services geared toward developing graduate students as professional scholars and teachers. These programs can both assist students in meeting degree requirements or and in acquiring skills needed for careers in teaching.
Assistant in Instruction (AI) Orientation Training – The McGraw Center oversees mandatory training for all new AIs. The Graduate School requires all first-time AIs to attend training, which provides a base level introduction into teaching issues and skills needed for first-time AIs.
Pedagogy and Professional Development Workshops - McGraw Center pedagogy workshops are focused on aspects of teaching, learning, and academic careers. The workshops explore topics of grading, leading discussions, and teaching with film and lecturing. They also focus on critical thinking in disciplinary courses as well as on writing a teaching statement. The professional development workshops help prepare graduate students for their academic careers such as the Master Class on Lecturing, which includes Princeton faculty, and "Prof 101," a seminar for those starting academic positions in the following year.
McGraw Faculty-Graduate Teaching Seminar: Scholarly Approaches to Teaching – The McGraw Center, in collaboration with the Graduate School, offers graduate students and faculty the opportunity to engage in a year-long teaching seminar that focuses on the processes and goals of teaching as well as the challenges encountered by undergraduate students.
Prison Teaching Initiative (PTI), which provides credit-bearing college courses to inmates at New Jersey correctional facilities near Princeton’s campus. Courses in several disciplines are taught by volunteer instructors including Princeton faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, alumni, and advanced undergraduates.
The Mercer/Princeton Teaching Partnership program enables Princeton University graduate students to teach courses at Mercer County Community College, which will provide a valuable, mentored experience by a tenured community college faculty member. This program helps Princeton graduate students to develop as teachers, designing and delivering their own courses in their academic fields while learning about teaching at a community college.
Program in Teacher Preparation The Program in Teacher Preparation, commonly referred to as Teacher Prep, prepares students to serve as teachers and educational leaders in our nation’s schools. The program is open to Princeton undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni, who may return to Princeton at any time to complete the program. Students completing the program earn a University certificate and are eligible for a New Jersey State teaching license which is transferable to other states.
Quin Morton Fellows - Princeton graduate students who will be in Dissertation Completion Enrollment (DCE) status in 2016-17 are invited to apply for one-year positions as Quin Morton Teaching Fellows. Quin Morton Teaching Fellows teach one topic-based Writing Seminar of their own design each semester and participate in an intensive faculty development program, which includes meetings and workshops on seminar design and writing pedagogy.
ReMatch is a research-mentoring program designed to connect undergraduate students and graduate students, two historically unconnected populations at Princeton, through their shared interest in academic research. ReMatch offers fellowship funding for mentorship connections and joint research projects. Two recent ReMatch Meet and Greet events were well-attended, with over 200 freshman and sophomores participating, along with 45 graduate students. The graduate student mentors come from the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering, representing research opportunities of interest to a wide spectrum of undergraduates.
In November, two Meals for Mentoring dinners will be held, where undergrads will be given another opportunity to meet potential mentors and explore their research interest further. In December and January, the program will offer additional opportunities for students to find a grad mentor through small group meetups, lab tours, and research shadowing experiences. Mentor-mentee pairs will be invited to co-write a proposal to receive funding for a summer research internship in early February. Interested graduate students, please complete the ReMatch Graduate Mentor Profile form (link is external).
The ReMatch program is a collaborative initiative of the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School.
Scholars Institute Fellows Program (SIFP), Office of the Dean of the College
Graduate Fellows provide individualized mentorship to an upperclass student leader, as well as co-facilitate monthly mentorship meetings with 10-12 undergrad students. Learn more about SIFP here: https://sifp.princeton.edu/ and contact Dean Khristina Gonzalez (Associate Dean of the College, ODOC) at email@example.com) or Dr. Nimisha Barton (Associate Director, Programs for Access and Inclusion) at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Graduate Teaching Fellows
Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP)
PUPP is a comprehensive academic and cultural enrichment program for high-achieving, low-income high school students from Ewing, Lawrence, Nottingham, Princeton and Trenton High Schools. PUPP works with high school scholars beginning the summer after their 9th grade year and continuing through high school graduation. Our goal is to prepare our students for success at selective colleges and universities. The Fellows will serve as mentors and lead weekly academic enrichment sessions on critical reading, writing and thinking skills for 6-12 high school juniors and seniors from the New Jersey area. Learn more about PUPP here: http://www.princeton.edu/pupp/ and contact Dr. Jason Klugman (Director, PUPP) at email@example.com or Quinnshauna Felder-Snipes (Counselor, PUPP) at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.