Teaching and research are at the core of the University of Chicago’s culture, mission, and purpose.

For graduate students with instructional and grading responsibilities, teaching not only is a fundamental part of your own education and development as scholars and teachers, but it also represents an important responsibility to the students in whose education you have a role.

The University is committed to helping you succeed as you learn and exercise the craft of teaching, and as part of the University, you play a vital role in contributing to our shared traditions of scholarship and teaching.

  • Chicago Center for Teaching (CCT): The CCT offers several pedagogy courses and teaching certificate programs, individual consultation services, and seminars, workshops, and other events promoting inclusive and student-centered teaching practices.
  • College Advising: If your position is in the College, the College Dean of Students Office and the College Advisers welcome hearing from you, should you have concerns about a student. Please feel free to reach out to the student’s College Adviser or to collegeadvising@uchicago.edu when you feel that you have information the College should be aware of regarding a student. It can be particularly useful for them to know when a student has stopped attending class, is at risk for failing a class, or presents other physical, emotional, academic, or behavioral concerns. Their goal is to support all students, and they aim to do so in partnership with faculty and with you.
  • UChicagoHELPUChicago HELP assists students in navigating academic and personal difficulties, while also ensuring that University community members (such as faculty, staff, and students) can connect students needing help with assistance in a timely manner. UChicago HELP is comprised of the Dean-on-Call program, the Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call program, and the Bias Education and Support Team (BEST).
  • FERPA: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) prohibits the disclosure of students’ personally identifiable information, including enrollment details and photos, to third parties without an academic need for the information. Please take appropriate steps to secure student information accordingly and to discuss individual students only with those who have an academic need for the information.
  • Funding Disbursement: The University remains committed to ensuring that all disbursements are timely. If you are experiencing a delay in, or have any other questions related to, the disbursement of funds, please contact Emily Easton (gradhelp@uchicago.edu) in UChicagoGRAD so we can address the matter as quickly as possible.
  • Office for Access and Equity: This office works to prevent, correct, and address instances of unlawful discrimination and receives reports and investigates allegations of unlawful discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct made against faculty, other academic appointees, postdoctoral researchers, and staff.
  • Religious Accommodations in Teaching: The University of Chicago’s Policy on Religious Accommodation for Missed Classes, Assignments, and Examsrequires accommodations for students who must miss class, assignments, or exams in observance of religious holidays.
  • Office for Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Support: Sexual misconduct may violate the law, does violate the standards of our community, and is unacceptable at the University of Chicago. Contact this office to discuss concerns raised by a student, file a complaint, pursue prevention programming, or seek student support/resources as it relates to sexual misconduct.
  • Student Disability Services: SDS works to provide resources, support, and accommodations for all students with disabilities, whether you require accommodations in your teaching role or the students you are teaching require academic accommodations. Contact SDSfor any questions or concerns related to accommodations; please remember that students must provide you with their Accommodation Determination Letter to receive accommodations.