The Teaching Mentor Program

Program Information

The Teaching Mentor Program is a unique opportunity for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to be observed in their personal teaching environment and to receive valuable feedback from peers on their instruction methods.

Four to five participants are assigned to each Mentor Group. All group members commit to attending an organizational meeting, engaging in reciprocal observations of their colleagues’ teaching and providing written and verbal feedback to their colleagues during a final feedback meeting.

The Mentor Program is run only twice per academic year – in the Fall and Winter terms.  Since the Program requires a significant amount of coordination and planning among group members, registration is only open for the first few weeks of those terms.  After that point, Mentor groups are fixed and additional participants cannot join the Program. Thus, early registration is imperative.

Please note:  Graduate students or postdoctoral fellows not actively TAing or TAing in a role with limited student contact (e.g., marking) may register for the Program.  We will arrange for these participants to engage in an mock teaching opportunity.

The Teaching Mentor Program for Graduate Students is one of five components necessary to complete Western's Certificate in University Teaching and Learning.

If you have questions about the Teaching Mentor Program for Graduate Students, email Karyn Olsen at

Current Session: Winter 2018

Organizational Meeting

The organizational meeting will be held on Monday, January 29th from 12:30 - 1:30 pm in UCC 147. At the meeting, participants will be introduced to their assigned groups and will begin scheduling peer observations. 

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Mock Teaching and Final Feedback Session Information

Teaching Support Centre rooms are available on Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30 OR 5:30 to 6:30 in February and March. To book a time, please login to the TSC registration system, go to the Teaching Support Centre section in the left menu, click on Event Calendar, and look for the sessions called "Invite-only - Mentor Program Session"

These mentor group sessions are intended for one-hour mock teaching lectures OR a final feedback session for your group.

Let the facilitator know when you arrive whether you are participating in a mock teaching session or a feedback session.

Only one member per group needs to sign up for the final feedback session.

If you are unable to login, please email, or call x80346 to register.

Upcoming Session

Information will be available in September 2018.