The MinT Program trains graduate students to mentor peers in their departments.

Mentors in Teaching (MinT)

Mentors-in-Teaching 2020

Call for Proposals 

Apply by 5:00 PM PDT on July 29, 2020: application

The Mentors-in-Teaching program seeks applications for the 2020-2021 cohort of Mentors-in-Teaching Fellows. This year we are pleased to offer an $800 stipend for Fellows to initiate a project. Projects can be proposed by individuals or teams of graduate students and all projects must have a faculty/lecturer sponsor. Successful proposals will support inclusive teaching and/or equitable outcomes for all students as outlined in the IDEAL initiative. Applications will be reviewed according to this rubric.

As a Mentors-in-Teaching (MinT) Fellow, you will:

  • Support inclusive teaching and learning in your department

  • Learn more about teaching online, inclusive education, and other pedagogy topics

  • Aid remote instruction during the COVID-19 response

  • Facilitate a learning experience for fellow teaching Mentors

  • Share and receive feedback with other Mentors on your projects

  • Receive an $800 stipend and letter of recognition

Possible projects could include:

  • Developing or revising a pedagogy course (examples here)

  • Organizing a pedagogy journal club or workshop series 

  • Developing and implementing a teaching tool or online resource

  • Training graduate student instructors as part of an educational outreach project

Structure of the program:

  • Attend an initial fall training during September 2020, to be completed online on September 16-17

  • Take part in required monthly meetings for team building, pedagogy training, and project development

  • Facilitate one meeting during the year for fellow teaching Mentors

  • Pilot projects and collect feedback during winter quarter

  • Revise, iterate, and share your project’s outcomes during spring quarter

Please note: the Fall training and one meeting/quarter are still open to Mentors who do not wish to apply, complete a project, or receive a stipend.

Please complete the application by 5pm on July 29, 2020. For questions or accommodations please contact Amanda Modell at

"Listening to ideas and suggestions from other Mentors was extremely helpful.  They provided solutions to different mentoring challenges and also gave advice about changing established precedents."

- MinT Participant

"I liked speaking with people from other departments to have an idea about how things work elsewhere. I also discovered new aspects of teaching and mentoring.”

–MinT Participant

The primary mission of the MinT program is to equip these teaching mentors with the skills, resources, and knowledge necessary to be most effective to their departments.

MinT mentors support TAs in many different ways, focusing on the particular needs of the TAs within their departments. This includes:

  • Organizing department TA orientations or other training
  • Meeting with new TAs to create teaching development plans
  • Observing TA sections and providing constructive feedback
  • Teaching pedagogy courses and leading teaching development workshops
  • Leading weekly TA meetings and/or providing TA feedback in specific courses
  • Providing resources to TAs with specific teaching questions or challenges
  • Reviewing student feedback with TAs and discussing potential improvements
  • Leading practice teaching sessions
Feedback in teaching

MinT Mentors

MinT training events are open to any graduate student or postdoctoral fellow who is looking for more professional development in these areas. Even without applying or being selected for a position as a MinT Fellow, they are welcome to be active participants in MinT.

VPTL TA Orientation

MinT Fellows

Teaching Mentors will need to apply and be selected to complete a project in order to be recognized as a MinT Fellow. Upon successful completion of the year's activities MinT Fellows will receive a letter documenting their accomplishments.


Contact Amanda Modell, Associate Director, Graduate Teaching Program, for more information at any time.

Amanda Modell
(650) 724-3129
408 Panama Mall