Special Projects

Focused Inquiry Groups

Focused Inquiry Groups (FIGs) bring together small cadres of Graduate Center students who will collaborate on a research project, with the goal of producing an artifact that will move our community’s engagement with specific pedagogical questions forward.

Mellon Humanities Teaching and Learning Alliance

The Teaching and Learning Center partners with the Graduate Center’s Provost Office and the Futures Initiative and Laguardia Community College’s Center for Teaching and Learning on the Mellon Humanities Teaching and Learning Alliance. This grant, running from 2016-2020, will place 27 Graduate Center doctoral students at LaGuardia Community College. The doctoral students will gain onsite training from LaGuardia mentors and master faculty, while LaGuardia students will benefit from inspiring teaching, resources for cultural enrichment, and a humanities mentorship program. The initiative reflects the Graduate Center’s integrated approach to doctoral education, as well as its commitment to increasing access, boosting undergraduate graduation rates, and diversifying the humanities.

For more information about the grant supporting these fellowships, please see:

Open Teaching Initiative

The Open Teaching Initiative encompasses two programs: Open Classroom Week and the Class Visit Exchange. During Open Classroom Week, Graduate Center students who have taught for at least three semesters open their classrooms to visits from first year Graduate Center students who will soon be teaching their first courses at CUNY. The second program, the Class Visit Exchange, facilitates reciprocal classroom visits for participating instructors.

Teach@CUNY Handbook

The Teach@CUNY Handbook, compiled and written by the staff of the TLC, provides a primer to teaching in CUNY’s classrooms for those early in their college teaching careers. The first edition of the Handbook has been printed for distribution at the 2017 Teach@CUNY Day. It is not intended as a static or a comprehensive document, but rather as a collection of tips and suggestions to support the work of beginning CUNY instructors. There’s much we’ve missed and that we can improve, and the TLC will continue to refine and revise the Handbook. To facilitate that work we have launched an annotatable web version at http://cuny.is/tcuny-handbook. We encourage and look forward to your feedback.

Teach@CUNY Summer Institute

The Teach@CUNY Summer Institute is a comprehensive, hybrid course-preparation seminar for Graduate Center Teaching Fellows. Participants have the opportunity to work with TLC staff and each other to build community and discuss a wide range of issues related to teaching in the CUNY undergraduate classroom. GC students who are active throughout the program will receive the Teach@CUNY Summer Institute Certificate from the Graduate Center’s Provost’s Office.

Visible Pedagogy

Visible Pedagogy is a blog dedicated to advancing and expanding conversations about teaching and learning at CUNY, edited by the staff of the Teaching & Learning Center at The Graduate Center, and collaboratively authored by CUNY faculty, staff, and students.

GC Online and the Carnegie Educational Technology Fellows

The TLC collaborates with GC Digital Initiatives to manage the Carnegie Educational Technology Fellows Program, supported by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation received during COVID-19 pandemic, supported Graduate Center faculty teaching online courses in 2020 and 2021.


TLC Grants support doctoral and masters students at the CUNY Graduate Center as they develop, plan, implement, and reflect upon creative approaches to teaching and learning. The goal of this program is to foster experimentation in the classroom, and to contribute to the scholarship of teaching and learning at the City University of New York and beyond.

Slack Channel

The Teaching and Learning Center moderates a series of Slack channels on a range of topics relevant to teaching at CUNY. Please email tlc at gc.cuny.edu to request membership, and join the conversation!