TDF

 

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

Participants in the spring 2019 pilot will also have the unique opportunity to contribute to the future development of a Teaching Development Fellows’ Network.

Applications are currently OPEN for the spring 2019 cohort of Fellows. Applications are due November 28th, 2018.

 

Teaching Development Fellows’ Activities

Teaching Development Fellows focus their activities primarily on serving the needs of their departments. Since the needs of each department varies, fellows will also take the lead identifying what programming would be most appropriate for their department. In the spring 2019 terms, 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, conducting teaching observations, leading a learning community or reading group, or hosting a luncheon).

In addition to departmental projects, fellows will receive required training in the T+LL on workshop and pedagogical design and topics in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Fellows will meet regularly as a cohort to collaboratively develop their workshops, will observe at least one of their peer’s programs, and will be expected to document their work regularly.

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

 

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.

 

Eligibility

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.

 

Application

A completed application consists of the following:

  • A completed online application form,

    • Applicants should be prepared to discuss pedagogical needs for TAs in their department, propose solutions, and answer questions related to their teaching philosophy

    • Applicants must also upload a current C.V. including teaching experience

  • A letter of support from the applicant’s faculty advisor acknowledging prospective participation in the TDF Network and attesting to good academic standing must be submitted via email to bhansber@mit.edu.

 

Fellows are selected by a committee of T+LL Staff in consultation with their departments to serve a one semester term. All must materials must be received no later than November 28th, 2018.