Teaching Development Fellowship


The Teaching Development Fellowship is a professional development and leadership 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 TLL and an interdisciplinary network of fellows.

Applications for the 2020-2021 cohort are now open and the application deadlines has been extened to 11:59 pm, Monday, May 25.

See How to Apply for the application requirements and short answer questions.


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 or event 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, hosting a luncheon, or developing departmental resources). This may be an existing program that the fellow maintains or develops.

In addition to departmental projects, fellows will receive training in the TLL 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 thier work is supported by 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 TLL.

  • 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.