Graduate Institute for Teaching (GIFT)

Future professors must not only be trained as productive researchers, but also as effective classroom teachers. The Graduate Institute for Teaching (GIFT) is a two-phase program designed to prepare Tufts doctoral students for an academic career in teaching at the university level.

During Phase I, teaching fellows attend a series of summer workshops on teaching pedagogy. Phase II takes place during the fall or spring semesters when teaching fellows co-teach a course with a Tufts faculty member who serves as the GIFT fellow's mentor throughout the program. Unlike the role of a Teaching Assistant (TA), GIFT fellows are more involved in designing, delivering, and evaluating a course.

Doctoral candidates from across Tufts schools participate in GIFT, which results in an interdisciplinary focus as a basis for all discussions.

Benefits

GIFT teaching fellows from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and School of Engineering receive:

  • Free tuition for the GIFT program
  • $2,000 (taxable) stipend

GIFT teaching fellows from other Tufts professional schools are selected for participation by their respective schools, and tuition and payments are arranged by their schools.

For Doctoral Students

For Faculty Mentors

GIFT is directed by GSAS Associate Dean Sinaia Nathanson. The Graduate Institute for Teaching works in consultation with the University-wide Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CELT) and is generously supported by the Tufts Summer School.

For questions, contact GIFT@tufts.edu or call 617.627.3106.