The Graduate Teaching Fellows (GTF) are a select group of advanced graduate students with a demonstrated commitment to student learning in their discipline.
Fellows advance their teaching and professional skills while contributing to the pedagogical development of other graduate students. In promoting a culture of teaching and learning, Fellows work with the Searle Center to provide an important service to the campus community.
Graduate Teaching Fellows are expected to:
- Design and execute a discipline-specific project (see sample projects) through the course of the year that addresses a pedagogical need in their department and supports the development of graduate students in their discipline.
- Lead one or more workshops at the New TA Conference in September where they work in a collaborative, collegial environment to explore and discuss effective teaching methods and strategies.
- Develop and facilitate one or more graduate and postdoctoral workshops on teaching and learning in the fall, winter, or spring quarters.
- Conduct teaching observations for fellow graduate students.
- Attend monthly meetings to discuss teaching practices, progress on projects, and provide feedback on workshop development.
Fellows are selected each spring via a competitive application process. They are appointed for a full academic year, with the possibility of reappointment for a second year. The fellowship carries a $3,000 stipend.
Contact Nancy Ruggeri, Associate Director, Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching, with questions.
Ph.D. students from any program may apply, provided they meet the following criteria:
- Previously served as an NTAC Workshop Leader and/or participated in the Teaching Certificate Program.
- Taught at least two quarters at Northwestern (either as a teaching assistant or instructor).
- Passed qualifying exams by September 2015.
- Fully funded with a full tuition scholarship and stipend for the 2015-16 academic year.
- Can attend all summer training sessions and the New TA Conference.
Summer Training Sessions
Tuesday, June 23, 9 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday, June 25, 9 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday, August 25, 9 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday, August 27, 9 AM – 4:00 PM
New TA Conference
The next New TA Conference will be held on September 17, 2015.
The deadline for applications for the 2015-2016 Graduate Teaching Fellows program will be Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Applications are now open.
A completed application to the Graduate Teaching Fellows program consists of the following:
- Completed online application
- CV and Cover Letter
- Teaching Statement
- One-page Project Prospectus -- The Project Prospectus should include the following information:
- A description of a teaching and learning need in your department.
- Proposal of a concrete way to address this need.
- Description of your proposed timeline for the project.
- A description of the evidence you plan to collect to show the effectiveness of your plan.
- Advisor Acknowledgment -- A brief note from your advisor acknowledging your prospective participation in the GTF program.