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Summer GSI Peer
Support Team

About the Program

A collaboration between the TLC, Summer Session, and the Division of Undergraduate Education, the Summer GSI Peer Support Team provides additional support and resources for Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) teaching during the Summer Sessions.

The TLC’s Peer Support Team is a group of graduate students who are invested in accessible and equity-minded pedagogy and in strengthening their own peer mentoring practices, and who provide a teaching support network for Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) teaching Summer courses. While faculty members remain the primary supervisors of Summer GSIs, this program provides an additional resource for teaching support through a peer-centered teaching and learning community model.

The Peer Support Team is integrated into TLC’s graduate certificate program in Course Design & Delivery. In tandem with this program, the team provides ongoing, personalized support during the Spring when GSIs are refining their course materials, and also throughout the Summer when GSIs are teaching their courses. These forms of support include: personalized feedback on course materials (such as learning outcomes, course syllabi, assessment design, and lesson plans) and opportunities for consultations, resource-sharing, and non-evaluative peer observations of teaching.

Peer Support Team members are selected from among graduate student applicants who have participated in longer-term professional development programs at the TLC. They cohere as a community, coordinated and mentored by TLC staff, and engage in professional development in effective peer mentoring practices.

Teaching consultations are also available for any Summer GSI who does not participate in the Course Design certificate program. Please refer to the consultations page to schedule an appointment.

How to Participate

The application period for the 2023 program is closed.

The 2023 Call for Applications provides information on program expectations and application details. Applications for the Spring-Summer 2024 program will be accepted in Winter 2024.

Graduate students who have completed TLC’s longer-term professional development programs (preferably Graduate Pedagogy Fellows or the Course Design certificate) are prioritized applicants for the Peer Support Team.

2023 Team Members

Christian Alvarado

History of Consciousness

Lalitha Balachandran


Gillian Bogart


Jennifer Guerrero


Harikrishna Kuttivelil

Computer Science & Engineering

Lalu Esra Ozban

Film & Digital Media

Erica Zurawski