Welcome and Requirements Summary
Welcome to the Teaching Transcript Program! Please feel free to download a copy of a checklist you can use to track your progress through the program.
Most graduate students will teach at Princeton as Assistants in Instruction (AIs), and to help students prepare for these important, skilled roles, the Graduate School requires all first-time AIs at Princeton to attend the McGraw Center’s AI Orientation. If you’re a postdoctoral researcher, the AI Orientation is also very helpful in developing teaching skills, and you can contact Sandy Moskovitz for assistance in signing up.
If you’ve already attended AI Orientation, you’re on your way to completing the teaching transcript. Completing an AI semester is a teaching transcript requirement for graduate students, but for postdoctoral researchers, we waive the AI teaching requirement, knowing that in most cases it is not possible for you to teach.
Are you teaching as an AI now, or next semester? If so, you can fill out a request for a class observation. Graduate students will teach as AIs and their observations will be of their work as AIs. For postdocs, although the requirement to complete a semester as an AI is waived, you'll need a class observation for the teaching transcript and are encouraged to find an opportunity to guest precept or lecture by coordinating with friends or colleagues in your department.
You can find a listing of our pedagogy workshops on the McGraw pedagogy workshops webpage, and these workshops count toward your Teaching Transcript certificate. Please make sure to sign-in when you attend a workshop so that it will be credited to your teaching transcript.
Are you teaching now, or next semester? If so, you can fill out a request for a class observation. Graduate students generally request observations in their roles as AI, and we find postdocs are able to coordinate with a friend or colleague in their department to guest lecture or guest precept, and with notice, we can arrange an observer for such a session.
Once you’ve attended a few pedagogy workshops, you’ll be ready to prepare a statement of teaching philosophy and an original course syllabus which, along with the requisite consultation and final submission, concludes the written portion of the transcript.
With those requirements finalized, you will have completed the teaching transcript!
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Evelyn Spradley, Program Coordinator, McGraw Center, 241 Lewis Library, Princeton University