D. Mentorship on teaching

Resource Title:
Graduate Teacher Certificate Program: Requirements and Resources D. Mentorship on teaching
Course Type:
graduate teacher certificate orientation graduate teacher certificate learning graduate teacher certificate practice graduate teacher certificate mentorship graduate teacher certificate reflection
A. Orientation to College Teaching & Student Learning B. Learning About Teaching C. Instructional Practice D. Mentorship on Teaching E. Reflection on Instructional Practice


In order to complete this requirement, students must participate as a mentee in a faculty mentorship on teaching.

Mentorship on Teaching

  • As part of their preparation to teach as a future faculty member, participants must complete a mentorship on college-level teaching. They must meet 2-3 times with a U-M faculty member or a faculty member elsewhere. The mentorship must include an endeavor above and beyond preparing to teach courses to which GSIs are appointed. The mentor and mentee should select a mutually agreeable project. Examples include, but are not limited to the following:
    1. design, present, and receive feedback on a guest lecture
    2. prepare a syllabus, instructional materials or assignments for a course you would teach as a faculty member
    3. conduct a research project on teaching and learning
  • Your mentor does NOT have to be the faculty supervisor of a course for which you are a GSI or your faculty dissertation advisor. Your mentor does not have to teach in your specific discipline of graduate study or teach at the University of Michigan. The mentorship component is designed to broaden your exposure to different teaching styles. Thus, it may be best for your professional development as a teacher to select a mentor who is not your research advisor or course supervisor.
  • Documentation submitted for a mentorship experience must be verified by the faculty mentor. The process of verifying completion of a mentorship has several steps:
    1. Submit documentation for your mentorship on the My Dashboard page. Include the correct full e-mail address for your faculty mentor.
    2. An automatically generated e-mail is then sent to the faculty mentor, requesting verification.
    3. Via a secure website, the mentor verifies your documentation. Mentors do NOT evaluate your teaching and their responses will not be shared with individual departments for use in GSI hiring decisions or departmental teaching evaluations.
    4. After receiving mentor verification, CRLT staff update the status of your documentation, which can be viewed on the My Dashboard page.
  • Participants are responsible for securing verification from their mentors. Please expect a time lag of at least two weeks for receiving mentor verification and an additional time lag of at least two weeks for CRLT staff to update the status of your submission after receiving mentor verification is received. If you have questions about or problems with requesting faculty or consultant verification, please send an e-mail to UMGraduateTeacherCertificate@umich.edu.

    Resources and Support:

    To Find a U-M Faculty Mentor
    Please contact the desired mentor directly to explore the possibility of a mentorship experience regarding teaching.