Graduate Institute for Teaching (GIFT)

The Graduate Institute for Teaching (GIFT) and the Graduate Research Excellence at Tufts (GREAT) programs will be held in person and are accepting applications for summer 2022 workshops!

Assuming it is safe to do so, the GIFT program is pleased to announce that Phase 1 (May 23-June 10, 2022) will be held via an in-person format. Our team is working on creating an exciting program designed to be engaging, informative, and fun. 

About GIFT

Future professors must not only be trained as productive researchers, but also as effective educators. 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 teaching 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.

Summer program 2022 (Phase 1) runs: May 23th—June 10th 2022 (in-person format)


GIFT teaching fellows from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences 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.


GIFT Program Phases

Phase I: Summer Workshops on Pedagogy
Phase I workshops take place weekdays, mid-May through the beginning of June, and cover an array of topics:

  • Syllabus and course design
  • Diversity in the classroom
  • Presentation skills
  • Engaging and motivating students
  • Leading group discussions, lab sections, and class projects
  • Teaching with technology (including online platforms)
  • Creating inclusive classroom environments
  • Assessing learning outcomes
  • Teacher-student relationships
  • Creating a teaching philosophy

At the end of Phase I, each GIFT teaching fellow presents a sample lesson and receives feedback. 

Phase II: Classroom Experience
Each graduate student teacher fellow will co-teach a course under the direction of a faculty mentor during the fall or spring semesters. Unlike the role of a TA to assist the faculty in any capacity required for assistance, the Teaching Fellow (TF) plays an active role in designing and delivering at least two teaching sessions. During the course, fellows will gain experience in the following:

  • Preparing a course syllabus
  • Classroom teaching (each GIFT graduate teaching fellow leads a minimum of two classroom sessions–but are not expected to be a TA or the primary instructor for the course)
  • Developing assessments
  • Applying what they learned during the workshops in a classroom setting
  • Receiving feedback from their mentors and putting it into practice

For questions, contact or call 617-627-3106. Please also feel free to contact the GIFT Institute Director, Kelly McLaughlin ( if you have questions about this program.