Faculty Cohort Program

TLL-Faculty Cohort Program brings together MIT faculty and instructors to explore innovative approaches to significant teaching and learning questions and to study, plan, develop, implement, and evaluate innovative curricular and pedagogical solutions and ideas. Additionally, the Faculty Cohort Program fosters a collaborative and collegial teaching community, and provide a venue for broader dissemination of the evidence-based practices of MIT faculty.

The TLL Faculty Cohort Program will provide opportunities for participants to:

  • Co-create solutions to teaching and learning challenges with TLL staff and faculty colleagues from across the Institute;
  • Cultivate and support a learning community of faculty leaders who are committed to integrating evidence-based principles and practices of engagement in their own research and teaching, and who will act as advocates of these practices to their colleagues and students;
  • Assess and evaluate the effectiveness of their solutions in addressing their teaching challenges;
  • Develop, along with faculty colleagues and TLL staff, appropriate and relevant dissemination and outreach strategies.

Cohorts meet as a group four times during the fall semester to discuss articulated teaching and learning problems and to brainstorm solutions. All full-time faculty and instructors at MIT will be eligible to participate. Each participating faculty member will spend the fall semester investigating new pedagogical approaches that they will then implement in a course taught during either the spring term of the Cohort year, or the fall term of the following year. Cohort participants will share their experiences and work at a year-end, Institute-wide showcase.

Fall semester meetings will be organized around relevant readings from the literature, and will include discussions of the particular teaching questions that participants are most interested in exploring, as they relate to the cohort’s theme. Because the MIT culture prides itself in problem solving, the faculty cohort will work collaboratively to brainstorm solutions to each others’ teaching challenges.

Participants will also receive individualized support and guidance from TLL pedagogy and assessment experts throughout the entire cohort-year: during both the planning and the implementation stages. Each cohort participant will receive $2000 in discretionary funds for professional development and course design activities.

Inaugural Cohort (2016-2017)

The theme for the inaugural cohort will be Diversity & Inclusion in the Classroom. The cohort will meet four times during the fall semester and will discuss readings on diversity and inclusion in the classroom, as well as instructional practices and strategies to support inclusive teaching, and mitigate the effects of stereotype threat.