The Graduate Teaching Fellows (GTF) are a select group of advanced graduate students with a demonstrated commitment to teaching excellence.
The GTF program allows candidates to further develop their teaching and professional skills while contributing to the pedagogical development of other graduate students. Fellows work with the Searle Center to promote a culture of teaching and learning on campus.
Graduate Teaching Fellows are expected to:
- Design and execute a discipline-specific project (see sample projects) that contributes to the pedagogical development of graduate students in their department.
- Develop and facilitate one or more graduate workshops on teaching and learning in the winter or spring quarter.
- Lead one or more workshops at the New TA Conference.
- Attend monthly meetings to discuss teaching practices, progress on projects, and provide feedback on workshop development.
- Conduct teaching observations for fellow graduate students.
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 for Graduate and Postdoctoral Programs, with questions.
Ph.D. students from any program may apply, provided they meet the following criteria:
- Previously served as an NTAC Workshop Leader (formerly known as the TAF program) 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 August 2014.
- Fully funded with a full tuition scholarship and stipend for the 2014-15 academic year.
- Can attend all summer training sessions and the New TA Conference.
We will begin accepting applications in the spring. Check back for deadlines.
The application consists of:
- Online application
- The following documents:
- Letter of Interest - Specifically address (1) your desire to participate in the program, and (2) your ideas for a teaching and learning project for graduate students in your department.
- Current CV
- Statement of Teaching Philosophy
- Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness - This could include but is not limited to: a teaching portfolio; CTECs; letters from students; sample handouts; assignments or syllabi; formal observation reports of your teaching; a letter of support from a professor who has observed your teaching.
- Advisor Acknowledgement - A brief note from your advisor acknowledging your prospective participation in the program (need not be a letter of recommendation).
The Graduate Teaching Fellows program is co-sponsored by the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching and The Graduate School.