Teaching Resources

An integral part of your graduate education is the development of effective communication and teaching skills. This section will provide you with valuable information upon receiving a Teaching Assistant (TA) appointment.

The university requires that all teaching assistants receive training prior to or during the first quarter in which they teach. The Center for Teaching Development (CTD) and the department work collaboratively to ensure that all TAs are appropriately trained. Training includes workshops before classes begin, individual mentoring and feedback, and ongoing seminars on teaching.

For information on CTD sponsored trainings please contact:
ctd@ucsd.edu, (858) 822-1992

The Bioengineering Department also sponsors quarterly training sessions for Bioengineering TAs. All TAs should plan on attending. For information please contact:
Bruce Wheeler bcwheeler@eng.ucsd.edu (858) 534-6458

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General Comments

All doctoral students in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, San Diego are required to fulfill a teaching requirement as specified in the Bioengineering Graduate Student Handbook. The role of Graduate Student Instructors (GSI) in the Department of Bioengineering is to assist in the instruction of undergraduate courses. The Bioengineering faculty regard this as an essential academic experience and a valuable opportunity for professional development. Accordingly, the performance of every GSI in every course is separately evaluated by the faculty instructor before credit for satisfying the teaching requirement is granted. Formal participation as a GSI is by enrollment in the graduate course BE 501. Service as a Teaching Assistant or Reader in another department will not satisfy the departmental teaching requirement.

Under faculty supervision, the duties of a GSI include holding regularly scheduled tutorial discussion sessions, assisting in laboratory instruction, holding office hours, conducting review sessions, assisting instructors in designing courses, preparing materials and tests, proctoring exams, grading students' papers, homework and exams, and maintaining records of grades for assignments. A GSI is not responsible for the instructional content of a course, the course policy, the selection of student assignments, writing examinations, or assigning grades.

GSIs are required to comply with all relevant University regulations. These prohibit sexual harassment, misuse of University property, substance abuse, and any violations of the law. (For details, refer to the UCSD Policies and Procedures Manual.)

One quarter of teaching credit (BE 501) is earned by a 25% (10 hours per week) assignment to one course for a period of one quarter including final exam week. It is expected that a 25% GSI will work up to 100 hours over the course of a quarter, and a 50% GSI will work up to 200 hours during that time.

It is both department and University policy that all GSIs must complete a training course prior to the first quarter of assigned teaching. GSI training workshops are offered by the department at the beginning of every quarter, refer to the information on training under this section.

More Info


Center for Teaching Development (CTD): 534-6767, 307 Center Hall

Office of Graduate Studies (OGS): 544-3555, Student Services Center, 402 UCtr.

Psychological/Counseling Services: Appointments, Information 534-3755, 1003 Galbraith Hall

Student Safety Awareness Program: 534-5793, Main Gym, Office #216

Instructional WWW Development Center

https://tritoned.ucsd.edu (TritonEd) 
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The following handbooks may also be of use to you:

  • Job Opportunities for Graduate Students (OGS)

  • A Guide for Teaching Assistants (OGS)

  • A Handbook for Teaching Assistants (CTD)

  • Grading Information (Office of the Registrar)

  • UCSD Instructors Guide for Preventing and Processing Incidents of Academic

  • Dishonesty (Student Policies and Judicial Affairs)