Graduate Student Instructor (GSI)

Graduate Student Instructor (GSI)

We begin recruiting Summer and Fall Physics GSI in March of the same year. We begin recruiting Spring Physics GSI in October of the preceding year.

CURRENTLY, WE ARE RECRUITING FOR FALL 2014 PHYSICS GSIs.   Please contact Donna Sakima at  Please click here for an application:


Beginning mid-October 2014, we will begin recruiting Spring 2015 GSIs. Only registered Berkeley graduate students will be considered for Physics GSIs.


SPRING 2015 PHYSICS GSI APPLICATIONS ARE NOT AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME.  Spring applications will be available mid-October 2014.

When submitting a Physics GSI application, please add your last name in front of the application file name and email to: Non-physics graduate students: If you've never taught for the Physics Department, you must attach your undergraduate transcript (unofficial copy OK) with your Physics GSI Application. You must be able to show you have completed the equivalent of the Physics 7 series.

Hiring order is as follows:

  1. physics graduate students
  2. outside graduate students who are continuing physics GSIs (preference for applicants with good GSI evaluations)
  3. qualified outside graduate students with prior UCB non-physics teaching experience (preference for applicants with good GSI evaluations)
  4. qualified outside graduate student with no prior UCB teaching experience

International students must provide proof that they've met the University's spoken English proficiency requirement.

We will accept applications as long as there are GSI openings.

Fall 2014 Physics GSI Orientation and Organizational Meetings will be on Monday, August 25, 2014 beginning 10 AM in 50 Birge.   Physics GSIs will pick their teaching assignments during the subsequent organizational meetings.

UCB Campus Wide Teaching Conference for First-time GSIs, begins on the Thursday, August 21, 2014 for first time International GSI's and Friday, August 22, 2014 for all first time GSI's.  Pre-registration is required.

First time GSIs must enroll in a 375 GSI training course before or concurrently with their first semester of teaching at Berkeley.  Physics 375 is only offered in the fall.

First time GSIs teaching physics who cannot enroll in Physics 375 because of time conflicts may enroll in a 375 GSI training course in a comparable department. Instructor permission mostly likely required.  

Read the Fall 2013 375 GSI training courses in other departments. Please note Spring 2015 list is not available at this time.



The GSI Teaching and Resource Center provides pedagogical support and guidance for GSIs. Programs include orientation conferences, noon-hour workshops, course improvement grants, teaching awards, confidential consultations, the Teaching Perspectives newsletter, and the Language Proficiency Program for GSIs who do not speak English as a native language. The Center also houses a library of books, articles, videos, and other reference materials on teaching.


  Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Teaching and Resource Center

  301 Sproul Hall

  Phone: 510-642-4456

  Fax: 510-643-1524




Congratulations to the 2013-2014 Physics Outstanding GSIs (OGSIs)!

Daniel Dandurand
Zachary Fisher
Punit Gandhi
Charles Hill
Carolyn Kierans
Samuel Kohn
Kandaswamy Paramasivan
Hoi Chun Po
Abigail Polin
Brian Shevitski

Besides a certificate of commendation from Graduate Division, each Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor receives a cash award plus a membership in the American Association of Physics Teachers and a subscription to the AAPT Journal. Professor Robert Karplus established the tradition of the AAPT memberships, which the Physics Department continues in his honor.