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Teaching

Developing teaching and presentation skills are measures of your development, whether you aim to teach, conduct research, or be a leader at a federal agency, a museum, or think tank. The Sheridan Center is an essential resource, dedicated to helping graduate students communicate to diverse audiences. The Instructional Development Project, part of Computing and Information Services, is another resource for effective teaching and learning at Brown. 

Doctoral candidates can serve as teaching assistants, while limited teaching opportunities are available to master’s students as MTAs. Doctoral candidates can gain experience teaching in other settings through the opportunities listed below.

Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning
201 Thayer Street (Sciences Library, 7th floor)
Brown University Box 1912
Providence, RI 02912
(401) 863-1219
Sheridan_Center@brown.edu
brown.edu/sheridan

The Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning
The Sheridan Center provides a wide variety of programs, consulting services, and resources designed to help you succeed in graduate school and beyond. The Center can help you develop and refine your teaching, writing, and communication skills. The Sheridan Center’s offerings for graduate students include:

  • New TA Orientation to Teaching at Brown (held each September)
  • Teaching Certificate Programs
  • Workshops on teaching topics
  • Consultations on pedagogy, course design, and documenting your teaching 
  • Teaching Observations
  • Writing Center Consultations
  • Writing Retreats
  • Workshops and consultations for English Language Learners
  • Online teaching resources 
  • Resource library of books, journals, and digital media about teaching and communication

The Sheridan Center suggests attending New TA Orientation to Teaching at Brown and completing the Sheridan Teaching Seminar Certificate during the first or second years of your doctoral program. Visit the Sheridan Center website for more information on our Certificate Programs and Events.

The Brown/Wheaton Faculty Fellows Program
A collaborative program involving the Brown Graduate School, the Sheridan Center, and Wheaton College offers semester and one-year teaching fellowships for qualified students. During their appointments at Wheaton, graduate students are responsible for all aspects of teaching a course. They work with a faculty mentor at Wheaton and are remunerated at the same stipend level as Brown teaching assistants.

Wheaton is a selective, coeducational liberal arts college of 120 full-time faculty and 1,500 students. Located in Norton, Massachusetts, Wheaton has a national reputation for excellence in teaching. The campus, just eighteen miles from Brown, provides a collegial and congenial atmosphere in which Brown graduate students can gain mentored teaching experience in a liberal arts college setting. For more information on the program, visit the Brown/Wheaton webpage.

School of Professional Studies
Brown University Box T
Providence, RI 02912
(401) 863-7900
brown.edu/academics/pre-college
brown.edu/academics/professional/undergrad

School of Professional Studies and Brown Teaching Opportunities
Brown School of Professional Studies (SPS) recruits graduate students, post-docs and faculty to teach in a variety of credit-bearing and non-credit, on-campus, on-line and global academic programs, offered primarily during the summer, to pre-college and undergraduate students. These paid teaching appointments provide graduate students and postdocs with opportunities to design and teach their own courses, an invaluable experience as they prepare for their future work, whether in teaching or in other fields. Non-credit courses are offered in sessions between one to seven (or more) weeks, in an intensive format for high-achieving high school students. The full range of Brown's academic disciplines are represented among the many pre-college programs and courses offered, exposing pre-college students to the rich intellectual resources of the University. In the University's Summer Session, the undergraduate curriculum is extended into the summer months, offering advanced graduate students with significant teaching experience the opportunity to teach undergraduate courses to undergraduate students.

To teach for SPS in one of the pre-college programs, graduate students must be beyond their first year of study, be making satisfactory progress toward degree completion, have the endorsement of their Director of Graduate Study, teach a topic from their home department/discipline, and have some teaching or TA experience or have participated in the Sheridan Center’s Teaching Certificate programs or workshops. Many courses need TA support, and this is also an excellent way to prepare for future teaching.  For further information on all programs and details on submitting course proposals, please contact the School of Professional Studies directly.