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.

4/7/2014 - Currently, we are not recruiting Summer 2014 Physics GSIs outside the Physics Department

Fall 2014 Physics GSI Applications (,docx version and ,pdf version) are now available. First-time applicants must submit a copy of their undergraduate transcript - unofficial copy okay. Non-native speakers of English who must demonstrate oral English proficiency to be appointed as a GSI must have passed the OPT before the semester begins - please attach a copy of your OPT report.

Only registered Berkeley graduate students will be considered for Physics GSIs.

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 (p
reference 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.

Fall 2014 Physics GSI Orientation and Organizational Meetings will be on
Monday, August 25, 2014 (beginning 10 AM). Physics GSIs will pick the sections they will be teaching during the subsequent organizational meetings.

UCB Campus Wide Teaching Conference for First-time GSIs, begins on the Thursday, before Fall instructions begin and the Friday before Spring instructions begin. Click here for more information. Pre-registration will be 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 departments. Instructor permission mostly likely required. First time GSIs who did not take a 375 GSI training course in the fall, must enroll in a 375 GSI training course in another department in the spring in order to continue teaching. First time GSIs who did not complete a 375 GSI training course during the first two semester of teaching are no longer qualified to teach (per University policy).

CLICK here for link to the 375 GSI training courses in other departments. Please note, Fall 2014 list is not available at this time.

GSI Resource Links:
     What You Need to Know About Being a GSI, GSR, Reader or Tutor
     UAW Academic Student Employee (ASE) Contract
     Current Rates (updated 10/12)
     New ASE Orientation Dates (Fall 2013 only, Spring 2014 TBA)
     ASE Child Care Reimbursement Program
     Information about ASE job opportunities


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
     Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


Update - April 7, 2014: Congratulations to the ten 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.

For more information on nominating a Physics OGSIs, please click.