Teaching Support

University Center for Teaching and Learning

Launched in fall 2016 by the University Center for Teaching and Learning, the Graduate Student Teaching Initiative offers a variety of resources to prepare graduate students to meet their teaching goals and responsibilities from the first day of class through the job search process. 

The New Teaching Assistant Orientation introduces the basic information needed for classroom success to graduate students in their first term as a teaching assistant at Pitt. Information, training opportunities, and support are also available throughout the year. Resources and information are available online, and workshops designed to help you obtain and hone practical skills to enhance teaching are offered throughout the year. These workshops are open to all faculty, staff, and students, but are specifically tailored to the needs and experience levels of teaching assistants.   

In response to graduate student requests for a program that will allow them to develop and demonstrate their teaching skills and commitment to teaching, the Teaching Center also offers a TA Services Achievement in Pedagogy Badge program.

Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning

As a member of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) network since 2012, Pitt supports a University-wide learning community consisting of a diverse and vibrant group of graduate students, postdocs, and faculty members who together discuss their own teaching-as-research and critically examine the work of others in the community and the larger field. Since 2015, Pitt students from nine schools have completed approximately 200 non-degree certificates spanning three levels of accomplishment in teaching-as-research.

Library Resources

The University Library System helps teaching assistants and teaching fellows find information for both their courses and academic research.

Discipline-Based Science Education Research Center

The dB-SERC works with teachers in Pitt natural sciences departments to create a community to improve the teaching and learning through evidence-based practices.

Engineering Education Research Center

The EERC enhances the teaching and learning of engineering within the Swanson School of Engineering, in addition to expanding engineering education research efforts throughout the University.