Students working together at a picnic table during summer


The Summer Teaching Institute for Associates (STIA) provides graduate student Teaching Associates with a flexible pre-summer practical program to prepare them for teaching as the Instructor of Record in Summer and/or Fall sessions. STIA participants plan their syllabus, create teaching materials, and draft student assessments. STIA Facilitators work with participants to provide resources, feedback on their plans, and offer online workshops.

STIA participants must be appointed as a Teaching Associate by an academic department. Hiring paperwork need not be completed to register for STIA! For those who intend to complete the STIA certificate program and actively participate, participation may qualify you for CalFresh benefits

Cohort 1 of STIA 2024 is May 6 - June 9 (for teaching any Summer Session)

Cohort 2 begins June 24 - July 28 (for teaching in Summer B and Fall)

Register for STIA 2024

Requirements of the STIA Certificate (3 Modules)

Completion of all three modules is required to earn a STIA certificate. STIA is a recognized course for Requirement #2 of the Certificate in College and University Teaching (CCUT).

Associates not seeking a STIA Certificate are welcome to participate selectively in the online activities and face-to-face sessions. 

May-June for Summer A courses / June-July for Summer B or Fall courses

This module runs entirely online and focuses on syllabus development, planning lectures, and drafting assessments. Participants work though one assignment per week using online resources and workshops to develop drafts of needed course materials. Participants also give and receive feedback about each draft from their STIA peers and facilitators. 

Weekly assignments: Writing learning outcomes, weekly pattern, instructional materials draft, assessment draft, syllabus or course website.


Complete four activities in any combination of: workshops, tech training, and/or reflective writing assignments. Choose activities that match your needs and schedule to complete this module. 

Workshops and Tech Training include: designing exams, assignments and quizzes (online and paper-based); instructional video; presentation skills; active learning; integrating multimedia; iClicker; Canvas; designing collaborative projects and group work; teaching philosophy statements; annotated syllabi; etc.

Associates meet with a departmental faculty mentor three times during the quarter to discuss successes, concerns, and issues. The day and time of sessions will be decided by the members of each mentoring circle. Please note: Instructional Development is not responsible for finding and matching associates with mentors. If you are unsure who is your assigned mentor this summer, please contact the Graduate Adviser in your department.


Instructional Consultation
1130 Kerr Hall

TA Development Program
1130 Kerr Hall