Academy for Future Faculty Teaching Certificate Program

The Academy for Future Faculty Teaching Certificate Program (AFF) provides professional development for graduate students and post-docs  in preparation  for a career in higher education. AFF offers a two-semester program anchored by faculty mentorship and featuring weekly seminars and workshops. AFF events are free and open to everyone in the Texas A&M University academic community. Participants may choose to attend a few events or enough to complete requirements for the Academy for Future Faculty Fellow certificate. New fellows are recognized at our annual banquet in April.

English Language Proficiency Program

The English Language Proficiency Program (ELP) is a linguistic service provided to international instructors (and prospective instructors) who wish to improve their spoken English skills. The ELP supports  Texas A&M University's commitment to excellence in teaching and learning by encouraging effective oral communication among  professors and teaching assistants.

Graduate Teaching Consultant Program

The Graduate Teaching Consultant Program (GTC) supports the professional development in teaching of graduate students, and includes opportunities that support enhanced teaching experience, as outlined in the Model of Graduate Student Professional Development in Teaching. GTCs are graduate students exhibiting pedagogical skills and knowledge within their disciplines. GTCs, under the supervision of the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), serve as instructional coaches and peer mentors to TAs across campus. GTCs are available to conduct classroom observations upon request. 

Individual Development Plan

The Center for Teaching Excellence created an individual development plan (IDP) to encourage graduate students to critically reflect on their experiences. This reflection tool is designed to create dialog between the graduate student and their mentors. Additionally, the IDP enhances a graduate student’s career development by ensuring necessary knowledge and skills are gained in the academic program

Teaching Assistant Institute (TAI)

The Teaching Assistant Institute (TAI), hosted by the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies and the Center for Teaching Excellence, is a one day face-to-face course with additional online modules designed to prepare graduate students for college classroom teaching. TAI is offered every year at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters and is required for new TAs who serve as recitation leaders, laboratory instructors, and/or full responsibility lecturers.