Graduate Student Instructor (GSI)

Graduate Student Instructor (GSI)

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

Spring 2020 Physics GSI Applications are available. Physics graduate students and returning Physics GSI from non-physics departments must use the Spring 2020 Physics GSI Application for Physics Graduate Students. Non-physics graduate students teaching physics at Cal for the first time must use the Spring 2020 Physics GSI Application for Non-Physics Graduate Students. We will accept GSI applications as long as there is a need; however, physics graduate students must submit their spring GSI application by Monday, 10/14/2019, to get priority.

Physics GSI hiring order is as follows: 1) physics graduate students, 2) continuing or returning Physics GSIs from non-physics departments with high GSI evaluation scores, and 3) remaining qualified applicants. You must be logged in to your account to submit a Physics GSI Application. Only one Physics 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 not a native speaker of English, you must meet the Oral English Proficiency Requirement. The GSI Teaching and Resource Center's (GSI Center's) Language Proficiency Program information can be found
at: Please be aware that only the Language Proficiency Program staff can evaluate your Oral English Proficiency Requirement.

All graduate students who do not speak English as a native language and plan to teach for the first time as a GSI must complete the online Language Proficiency Screening Questionnaire. The Language Proficiency Program staff will help determine whether you need to take a language proficiency test or course to be appointed as a GSI. If you wish to be a Spring 2020 GSI, you must complete the questionnaire by 10/1/2019, especially if you need to take the OPT in time for Spring 2020 as no OPTs are given during break. Students currently enrolled in Lan Pro 380 should not fill out the questionnaire as they will be scheduled for OPT testing later in the semester

Please contact Donna Sakima ( if you have any questions.