Graduate Student Instructor (GSI)

Graduate Student Instructor (GSI)

We begin recruiting Summer and Fall Physics GSIs (P-GSIs) in late March/early April of the same year. We begin recruiting Spring P-GSIs in late September/early October of the preceding year.

Remote delivery of instruction in place of face-to-face classes will continue through Summer Sessions 2020. Due to the fast teaching pace of summer session courses, we cannot consider GSI candidates with no prior physic teaching experience at Cal. We are not accepting new Summer P-GSI Application at this time.

Fall 2020 P-GSI Applications are available. You must be logged in to your account to submit a Fall P-GSI Application. Only one P-GSI application per can be submitted. You do not have to complete your application in one sitting; however, you must submit your application to save any information you entered. You may return to your submitted application for further editing.

If you are a physics graduate student or an outside graduate student returning to be a P-GSIs, click here. If you are an non-physics graduate student teaching physics at Cal for the first time, please click here. First-time non-physics P-GSI applicants also submit the following documents:

  • Undergraduate transcript (unofficial okay)
  • Course Syllabi - If your undergraduate transcript does not state the topics covered in your physics courses: For example, a Berkeley transcript would not state that Physics 7A covers mechanics and wave motion. We must confirm that GSI applicants have learned the topics covered in Physics 7A-C.
  • If you are a non-native speaker of English you must meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement. You must complete the online Language Proficiency Screening Questionnaire. The Language Proficiency Program staff will help determine whether you need to take an oral language proficiency test (OPT) or course to be appointed as a GSI. If you wish to be a Fall 2020 GSI, you must complete the questionnaire by 5/15/2020, especially if you need to take the OPT in time for Fall 2020. OPTs are not available until early August. Students currently enrolled in Lan Pro 380 should not fill out the questionnaire as they will be scheduled for OPT testing later in the spring semester. The GSI Teaching and Resource Center's (GSI Center's) Language Proficiency Program information can be found at: 

We will accept GSI applications as long as there is a need; however, physics graduate students must submit their fall GSI application by Monday, 4/6/2020, to get priority. P-GSI hiring order is as follows: 1) physics graduate students, 2) continuing or returning Physics GSIs from outside departments with high GSI evaluation scores, and 3) remaining qualified applicants.

Fall P-GSIs must attend all pertinent orientations and trainings starting August 19, 2020. P-GSIs will select discussion and laboratory sections at the P-GSI orientation/organizational meetings on Monday, August 24, 2020. Instruction begins WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2020

Please contact Joelle Miles ( if you have any questions.