Summer Graduate Teaching Scholars (SGTS) Program


The Summer 2018 nomination deadline was 11/16/17.

This program provides excellent opportunities for advanced graduate students to obtain faculty-mentored teaching experience. At the same time, it increases Summer Session course offerings to undergraduate students. General Campus department chairs and program directors are invited to nominate advanced graduate students to teach in Summer Session 2018 as Associate-Ins in this professional development program.

Department and Program Nomination Guidelines - Summer 2018

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. Faculty mentors will receive a $500 payment to a research account. 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. To be eligible, graduate students need to be Associates-In for the first time.

Teaching Scholar - Eligibility Criteria

  1. Nominees must have Advanced to Candidacy for the Ph.D/MFA degree by February 2, 2018.
  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 2018 and Fall Quarter 2018.  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 – 7/2/18 and Summer Session II – 8/6/18).  Preference will be given to those who will continue their graduate work into the following quarter (Fall 2018).
  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. To be eligible, graduate students need to be Associates-In for the first time.
  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 "Introduction to College Teaching” (formerly "Teaching + Learning at the College Level”) or be currently enrolled in the workshop in Fall 2017.  Nominees unable to meet this condition may receive a conditional acceptance in the program contingent on their completion of  the  "Introduction to College Teaching” teaching workshop in Winter 2018.  It will be the responsibility of the SGTS to fit the workshop into his or her Winter 2018 schedule. For information on the "Introduction to College Teaching” teaching workshop, see
  8. Nominees must be able to committ to full participation in the required Teaching Scholar Preparation and Support in order to be accepted into the program. 

Teaching Scholar Preparation and Support Requirements

  1. Participation in a Course Design Studio for New Instructors-of-Records in Spring 2018, led by the Center for Engaged Teaching (CET).
  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 end of summer teaching reflection.
  5. 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 - 6/11/18 and Summer Session II - 7/16/18). 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 Interim Dean of Undergraduate Education, and approved by the Executive Vice Chancellor. Award recipients will be announced at the end of fall quarter 2017. 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 John Moore, Interim Dean of Undergraduate Education, at

SGTS Award History