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Graduate Student Development Programs

The CTE supports graduate students at Boston College in two ways: 1) we partner with schools and departments as they develop programs to support their graduate student Teaching Assistants and Teaching Fellows and 2) we offer programs and services meant to help graduate students in their preparation for careers teaching at the collegiate level.

The following CTE programs and services are open to all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at Boston College:

Graduate Student Teaching Conference

Held annually before the start of the fall semester, the Graduate Student Teaching Conference provides new and continuing TAs and TFs the opportunity to reflect on their teaching in preparation for the new year.

Apprenticeship in College Teaching Program

The ACT Program is a free, non-credit-bearing program that prepares graduate students and postdoctoral fellows for teaching careers in higher education.

Teaching Philosophy & Portfolio Development

The CTE has developed digital resources, as well as a two-part series of asynchronous online workshops, meant to help graduate students and postdoctoral fellows draft and revise their teaching philosophy statements as well as begin gathering materials for their teaching portfolios.  

Mid-Semester Feedback Program

This service is available to TFs and consists of a confidential classroom observation by CTE staff and/or receiving anonymous feedback from students on how the course is going.

Graduate Student Teaching Recognition Ceremony

Each spring the CTE hosts a ceremony and reception to recognize that year’s graduates of the ACT Program and to celebrate the winners of the Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Awards.

Supporting Departmental Efforts

The CTE also consults with departments and schools interested in developing their own TA/TF orientations and other graduate student development programs. Please contact if you’d like to learn more.