• Azar Nafisi speaks at Best Should Teach
  • 25 Years of the GTP Lead Network
  • human know exercise
  • Fall Intensive workshop
  • 30 Years of Excellence ~ The Graduate Teacher Program
  • Lead Group Discussion Img
  • Best Should Teach 2015 Leads
  • Lifting bamboo teamwork project

Graduate Teacher Program: College & University Teaching and Professional Development

We are  a division of the Graduate School. Our vision is to serve as an exceptional graduate and professional student development program.

Our mission is twofold: to create excellent learning experiences for undergraduates by training graduate student teachers and supporting departments; and to prepare graduate students so they may thrive in higher education or the private sector as professionals once they graduate.

We work with graduate students from all departments in all schools and colleges on the Boulder campus. We offer comprehensive college teacher training, support research skill development, and provide academic and nonacademic career preparation opportunities through conferences, workshops, and individual consultation.

We encourage graduate students to take their current teaching, research, and service responsibilities seriously and to view their experiences on the Boulder campus as preparation for academic or nonacademic careers.

Our Goal, Projects and Activities



The Graduate Teacher Program’s goal is to encourage graduate student participants to take their current teaching responsibilities and preparation as future faculty seriously and to view teaching as a scholarly activity.


To this end, we offer workshops and other activities that allow graduate students to meet the following objectives:

• CU Boulder's graduate teachers interact with a community of scholars made up of faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, and staff from their own and from other departments and campuses;

• They learn to work with diverse populations in diverse postsecondary and other work environments;

• They model and foster integrity and fairness; • They expand advising, counseling, mentoring, and management skills;

• They approach teaching, research, service, and professional development from an evidence-based perspective that assesses student learning;

• They explore and learn to use effective learning technologies.

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Training Events
  • Fall Intensive
  • Spring Conference
  • The COPFFN Forum
  • Lead Network Seminar
  • CU DOC - DIversity on Campus
  • TIGER ROAR - Research on Academic Retention

Weekly Workshop Series 

  • Monday Workshops
  • Technology Workshops
  • TIGER Workshops
  • Friday Forums
  • Intercultural Workshops
  • Special Workshops

COPFFN Site Visits

  • Fall Site Visit
  • Spring Site Visit