Graduate Student Instructional Consultant

The application for 2019-2020 GSIC Program is now closed. If you are interested in applying next year, please submit your information on this form.


Please complete the following web form, upload a copy of your curriculum vitae or resume, and evidence of succesful teaching by Friday, March 9, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.  Please note that only completed applications will be considered. 



With the beginning of the semester just around the corner, many instructors are strategizing about how best to start productive classroom conversations. Students who speak even briefly at the beginning of a class meeting are more likely to participate in discussions going forward, and a well-chosen icebreaker can help everyone join in. As quick, low-stakes, and often fun activities that involve students at the beginning of a session, icebreakers can be a good way to learn about who's in the classroom, reduce anxiety, and engage all students in thinking together about course content.  

For some ideas of potential icebreakers, see this list of icebreaker activities from Lansing Community College. CRLT also recently polled our Graduate Student Instructional Consultants (GSICs) to gather a list of their favorites. Here are some good ideas we received when we asked the GSICs to "tweet" us a particularly effective icebreaker they have used, seen, or heard about: Read more »


CRLT is currently accepting applications for our Graduate Student Instructional Consultant (GSIC) team. For more information about the program, including a link to application materials, click on our GSIC page. In this guest blog, current GSIC Melody Pugh, a Ph.D. student in English & Education, highlights some rewards of her participation in the program.    

Melody Pugh

I taught my first college level writing course in the Fall of 2005.  I’d had no formal training in how to teach writing, and in fact, I was teaching a course that I had never actually taken myself.  Thankfully, I was surrounded by generous teacher-scholars who mentored me toward excellent teaching.  They took time out of their busy schedules to think with me about the challenges of curriculum design, classroom management, and writing assessment. 

When I came to the University of Michigan for further graduate study, I received formal training both from my department and from CRLT. But I also knew how valuable I’d found the informal mentoring that I received early in my teaching career, and I wanted to offer similar guidance and support to other new teachers. So when I learned about the GSIC program, it knew it would be a great fit for me. And it has been. Here’s why: Read more »


Have you ever wondered how CRLT is able to offer individual consultations for anyone teaching at U-M, including hundreds of GSIs? We couldn't do it without our team of Graduate Student Instructional Consultants (GSICs). The GSICs are U-M graduate students, current and former GSIs representing a broad range of fields, who consult with GSIs across campus on teaching and learning. They also often facilitate workshops and contribute to our new GSI training programs. participants at a seminar

CRLT is currently recruiting new GSICs, and we invite any graduate student passionate about learning and teaching to apply. The program is an excellent professional development experience for GSICs, who participate in a learning community and receive continuing training on pedagogy. GSICs have shared that the program helps them to be better teachers themselves and helps prepare them for a range of careers, in and out of academe.

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As the coordinator of the current GSIC group and a former GSIC myself, I know that the program has inspired many GSICs to pursue a career in educational development. As a result of my involvement in the group during my tenure as a graduate student at U-M, I discovered my passion for working with diverse instructors to enhance their teaching and improve student learning. I ultimately pursued a career as an instructional consultant, and many former GSICs have done the same. Read more »