Graduate Student Liaison Network

The Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research (CATLR) is calling for applications for 2018-19 Graduate Student Liaisons (GSLs). The application deadline is Friday, August 10, 2018.

This network brings together selected Graduate Student Liaisons (GSLs) from departments across Northeastern to share ideas, needs, and resources for graduate student educators. GSLs serve a crucial role in supporting their peers as educators—both by sharing information with their peers about CATLR opportunities and resources, and by sharing information with CATLR about their peers’ needs and interests. In addition to the Graduate Student Liaison Network, CATLR also launched a Faculty Liaison Network. 

What do GSLs do?

GSLs’ responsibilities are not time-intensive, but they are crucial to supporting graduate student educators at Northeastern. These responsibilities include:

    • Attending a networking lunch each semester. During these lunches, GSLs connect with each other, share ideas for and give feedback on new CATLR initiatives for supporting graduate students, and strategize about ways to connect with their departmental peers.
    • Communicating with departmental peers. GSLs communicate with their departmental peers in two ways: (1) sharing information about CATLR opportunities and resources and (2) collecting information about their peers’ needs and interests related to teaching.

Other opportunities to connect with GSLs and other graduate students across campus will also be available (and optional), and we welcome your ideas for how we can help facilitate these connections.

For more information about the role of GSLs and how to apply, please see the Q&A below. If you have other questions, please contact

Who is eligible to become a GSL?

We are currently welcoming applications for 2018-2019 GSLs.  In order to be eligible to apply, graduate students must be:

  • in residence for the fall and spring semesters of the coming academic year; and
  • available to attend a lunch meeting in each semester.

At any given time, each department is represented by one to two GSLs. If you are in a department that offers both master’s and doctoral programs, we hope to have representation by one master’s student and one doctoral student.

How do I become a GSL?

The application for 2018-19 Graduate Student Liaisons (GSLs) is now open. To be considered for a GSL position, please apply here. The application deadline is Friday, August 10, 2018. Please note that prior interaction with CATLR is welcome, but not required. 

If you have any questions, please contact

Why should I serve as a GSL?

Serving as a GSL offers a variety of benefits, including:

  • Connecting with peers in and beyond your own department
  • Staying up-to-date with CATLR programs and services
  • Developing professional skills in leadership and communication
  • Gaining service experience in academia
  • Learning more about the inner workings of a university
  • Supporting excellent graduate student teaching at Northeastern

Although serving as a GSL is not a paid position, it offers a unique opportunity to enhance professional and academic skills while networking with an interdisciplinary cohort of peers.

How long am I expected to serve as a GSL?

GSLs serve for at least one academic year (fall and spring semesters). Upon completing each year of service, GSLs may be asked if they have the interest in and availability for continuing in their role for another year. Ideally, each GSL will serve for two years.

Who are this year’s GSLs?

A list of the 2017-2018 GSLs can be found here.