Summer Graduate Teaching Scholars (SGTS) Program


The Summer 2017 nomination deadline has passed.

This program provides excellent opportunities for advanced graduate students to obtain mentored teaching experience.  At the same time, it increases Summer Session course offerings to undergraduate students.  Each General Campus department or program is invited to nominate as many advanced graduate students to teach in Summer Session as participants in this professional development program.

Department and Program Nomination Guidelines - Summer 2017

Graduate student teaching scholars will receive the regular Summer Session salary as Associates-In and a $1,200 payment for participation in the training component of the program.  The program entails guidance by a faculty mentor, teaching workshops by the Center for Engaged Teaching (CET) and weekly meetings during the summer.  Graduate student scholars are provided feedback during the course, and participate in pre and post-course evaluations.  The mentoring experience, by faculty, the Center for Engaged Learning, and former summer graduate teaching scholars, are key components of the program.  Previous years' scholars have praised the value of this opportunity.  Priority will be given to graduate students who would be first-time Associates-In.

Teaching Scholar - Eligibility Criteria

  1. Nominees must have Advanced to Candidacy for the Ph.D/MFA degree by February 3, 2017.
  2. Nominees must have TA experience, complete with TA evaluations, prior to the SGTS program.
  3. Preference will be given to nominees who will be registered Spring Quarter 2017 and Fall Quarter 2017.  The program is only available to current graduate students.
  4. Nominees may not be scheduled to receive their degree prior to the Summer Session teaching appointment (Summer Session I – 7/3/17 and Summer Session II – 8/7/17).  Preference will be given to those who will continue their graduate work into the following quarter (Fall 2017).
  5. Academic Senate policy allows graduate students to teach existing courses, but not courses offered for the first time.  Please visit the Academic Senate and the Graduate Division website for policy on appointing graduate students as Associates-In.  If a student is or has been an Associates-In, they may participate in the program providing they have only been in this title for one quarter.
  6. Summer Session policy for approving a proposed course requires an enrollment history of a minimum of 15 students in summer session, or 20 students if the course was taught in fall, winter, or spring quarters within the past two years.
  7. Nominees must have successfully completed the CET teaching workshop series "Teaching + Learning at the College Level” or be currently enrolled in the workshop in Fall 2016.  Nominees unable to meet this condition may receive a conditional acceptance in the program contingent on their completion of  the "Teaching + Learning at the College Level” teaching workshop in Winter 2017.  It will be the responsibility of the SGTS to fit the workshop into his or her Winter 2017 schedule.  For information on "Teaching + Learning at the College Level” teaching workshop, see

Teaching Scholar Preparation and Support Requirements

  1. Participation in a series of "Preparing to Teach" workshops in Spring 2016.
  2. At least one 60-minute consultation with members of the CET before the Summer Session class begins.
  3. Attend reflection meetings, once per week during the summer session of teaching.
  4. Complete an evaluation of the program before the end of the summer.

 Required Department Nomination Components

  • Nomination memo – The Department Chair/Program Director is required to provide the nomination memo. Please address:
    • the qualifications of the nominee
    • programmatic needs for the course
    • an explanation of ways in which offering this course in summer would reduce pressure on course offerings during the academic year
    • likelihood the course will reach the projected enrollment (include previous student enrollment and any other considerations, such as increases in a major that requires the course)
  • Statement from the Faculty Mentor – The Faculty mentor should address his/her role in guiding the teaching scholar throughout the duration of the course, including a schedule of contacts, as a mentor. Mentors must be Academic Senate members and in residence in San Diego during the course.
  • Nominee's Teaching Assistant or Teaching Evaluations – Summarized student evaluations are required (up to 3-4 pages) from every department and/or program for which the student has been a TA.
  • Nominee's current CV (or resume) and a brief statement of interest – Please limit the total pages to 1-2 if feasible.

Unfortunately, Summer Session courses will be cancelled and the appointment will be voided if the course does not meet the minimum enrollment of 10 by the Course Cancellation deadline (Summer Session I - 6/9/17 and Summer Session II - 7/10/17).  Please propose courses carefully, choosing those with a historically successful track record.

Nominations received by the due date will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary selection committee, chaired by the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs/Dean of Undergraduate Education, and approved by the Executive Vice Chancellor.  Priority will be given to graduate students who have not previously held Associate-In appointments.  Award recipients will be announced at the end of fall quarter.  Information on Summer Session can be found on their website.  Any changes to the scholar award should be made by the department chair and addressed to AVCDUE Sawrey.

SGTS Award History