Teaching Development Fellowship


The Teaching Development Fellowship is a new professional development opportunity for graduate students interested in improving their teaching while promoting pedagogical development and discussion among their peers. Fellows organize and direct department-based resources and events aimed at developing TA’s teaching skills in their home department with support from T+LL and an interdisciplinary network of fellows.

Applications for the 2019-2020 cohort are now closed. 



2019-2020 Teaching Development Fellows 

  • Albert Liu (Chemical Engineering)
  • Alice Herneisen (Office of Minority Education)
  • Amanda Facklam (Biological Engineering)
  • Christopher Baron (Linguistics)
  • Heng Zuo (Aeronautics and Astronautics)
  • Linda Seymour (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
  • Olivia Brode-Roger (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)
  • Sam McAlpine (Nuclear Science and Engineering)
  • Shannon Johnson (Media Arts and Sciences)
  • Summer Morrill (Biology)
  • Tobias Kaiser (Brain and Cognitive Sciences)



Teaching Development Fellows’ Activities

Teaching Development Fellows focus their activities on addressing the teaching needs in their departments. Since the needs and teaching experience of each department varies, fellows take the lead identifying and designing programming would be most appropriate for their peers. Each semester fellows are expected to complete two departmental projects:

  • An event designed to present a pedagogical concept or teaching practice in a disciplinary context or to provide training for new TAs in their department (e.g, a workshop, training session, or faculty panel).

  • A project geared toward fostering a collaborative culture of teaching in the department (e.g., organizing microteaching or peer observation, leading a learning community or reading group, or hosting a luncheon). This may be an existing program that the fellow maintains or develops.

In addition to departmental projects, fellows will receive training in the T+LL on workshop and pedagogical design and topics in the scholarship of teaching and learning, collaborate with peers across the Institute, and assist in TA Days programming. Fellows will meet regularly as a cohort to share ideas and discuss teaching topics and will observe at least one other fellow's programs.

Fellows should plan to devote approximately 8-10 hours/month to work associated with the fellowship and will receive a $200/month stipend supplement from August-May.


Aims and Impact

The Teaching Development Fellows Network is designed to improve TA teaching, benefiting the Institute on several levels.

  • Fellows benefit departments by providing specialized training for TAs with oversight from T+LL.

  • Fellow benefit the graduate student community by acting as teaching mentors, organizing collaborative learning communities, and providing a connection to other programs.

  • Fellows benefit undergraduates by providing resources and training to new TAs, improving their ability to help undergraduates succeed.

  • Fellows benefit themselves through academic and pedagogical professional development by continuing a reflective teaching practice, designing original workshops, and working in a collaborative, interdisciplinary network.



Applicants must be graduate students in good academic standing with at least one semester of teaching experience. Priority will be given to applicants who have already completed the Kaufman Teaching Certificate Program (KTCP), those who demonstrate a commitment to developing a community of evidence-based and reflective teaching in their departments, and those with additional teaching experience.



A completed application consists of the following:

  • A completed online application form, in which applicants should be prepared to discuss pedagogical needs for TAs in their department, propose solutions, and answer questions related to their teaching philosophy (specific questions listed below)

    • Applicants may also upload a current C.V. that shows their teaching experience or other documents to support their application

    • Applicants must provide contact information for their faculty advisor or graduate officer who must acknowledging prospective participation in the TDF Network and attesting to good academic standing.

The application includes the following short answer questions (limited to 1500 characters)

  • Describe the challenges to developing teaching skills for graduate students in your department.
  • Describe how you, as a fellow, would hope to address these challenges through specific programs, activities, or projects.
  • What particular strengths would you bring to the position as a Fellow?
  • What does "good" teaching look like to you? What methods do you use or plan to use in your teaching and why?
  • What goals do you have for yourself as a teacher? How will you continue to grow as a teacher (either through the Teaching Development Fellowship or otherwise)?
  • Describe your teaching experience or training in the space below, including how many semesters you have taught or worked as a TA.

Fellows are selected by a committee of T+LL Staff in consultation with current fellows and the applicants' their departments.