Teach or TA a University-level Course

TA-ing is great experience, especially if you are able to TA a discussion section class in which you have full control over the content you have to cover. That being said, most teaching jobs do not consider TA-ships to be relevant "teaching experience", since the autonomy granted to the TA varies from university to university. Some universities offer graduate students the chance to be the instructor of record for a particular class. Some even offer the opportunity to design a new course. If your university offers such opportunities, please e-mail us (info@scicommhub.com) and we will add it to the following list:


The Collegium of University Teaching Fellows (CUTF) is an innovative program that creates unique learning opportunities for both graduate teaching fellows and undergraduate students on campus.  Through the program, some of UCLA's very best advanced graduate students have the opportunity to develop and teach a lower division seminar in their field of specialization on a one-time only basis.  This experience serves as a “capstone” to the teaching apprenticeship, preparing them for the academic job market and their role as future faculty.  At the same time, undergraduates enrolled in CUTF seminars have the chance to take courses that are at the cutting edge of a discipline and to experience the benefits of participating in a small-seminar environment.

Teach at a Community College

Some community colleges will invite graduate students to be a temporary instructor for a particular class. Usually they will e-mail the relevant department when they have a position open, and the department will e-mail the graduate students. You can also consider reaching out to a local community college.

Guest-Lecture at a High School

Many high schools have opportunities for local experts to come to their classroom and present a lecture about their research, or about a recent discovery in a particular scientific field. Some have "science lunches" once a week where they invite scientists to come talk to their students about being a researcher. If you know of any such schools, please e-mail info@scicommhub.com and we will add it to the following list:

Los Angeles:

University High School (contact: Jessie Han <jehanny3838@gmail.com>)