Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Teaching Orientation: Winter 2018

Tuesday, January 2, from 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Michigan League, 911 N. University Ave
Please bring your MCard to orientation.
Please consider dressing in layers as Michigan League rooms vary in temperature.

CRLT's GSI Teaching Orientation is designed to help new GSIs prepare for their initial teaching experiences. It also has proven to be a valuable event for experienced GSIs and for graduate students who anticipate teaching in the future.

Frequently Asked Questions about GSITO

When and where is GSITO?When and where is GSITO?

Check in on Tuesday, January 2, at the Mendelssohn Theatre (located at the Michigan League: 911 N. University Ave) beginning at 8:30 a.m. Opening plenary starts at 9:00 a.m. The concurrent sessions will take place in the Michigan League (located at 911 N. University Ave) beginning at 9:30 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m.

Am I required to attend GSITO?

CRLT provides university-wide GSI Teaching Orientations as a service to the campus community. You should check with the individual(s) who oversee GSI appointments in the department in which you will be teaching to find out whether attendance at GSITO is required for your GSI appointment. 

I can’t attend GSITO on the scheduled date.  What can I do for a make-up session?

CRLT does not determine whether GSITO is required for new GSIs, nor does it host a make-up event. Check with the individual(s) who oversee GSI appointments in your department to find out what its training requirements are. If there is no formalized policy regarding make-up events, CRLT is happy to consult with departments on establishing such a policy. GSI Coordinators can contact Stephanie Moody ( to set up a time to discuss this issue. Engineering GSIs who are unable to attend training can contact Krista Quinn ( in the office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education for make-up requirements. 

What should I bring to GSITO?

Please bring your M-Card to GSITO; we use M-Card scanners to record attendance at the event. Also, we recommend that you dress in layers, as the temperature in the League can vary. Lunch will be provided. 

How can I receive accommodations for GSITO?

The Michigan League is wheelchair accessible. If you would benefit from other accommodations, such as a sign language interpreter, please let us know as soon as possible by emailing or calling Michelle Getchell (, 734-936-0641).

How do I make child-care arrangements for this event?

Find more information about child care through U-M's Human Resources.