Teaching Fellowship Program (TFP)
An experiential hands-on teaching practicum where graduate students and post-doctoral research associates co-instruct a course with UVA Engineering faculty and learn fundamental pedagogical skills.
Overview of the Timeline and Resources
- Application details - TFP opportunities are available for both the Fall and Spring semesters each year.
- An announcement is made each semester for applications to teach a course in the following semester (e.g., apply in Spring to teach a course in Fall).
- Recipients of the fellowship will be informed of the decision within a month of the application deadline.
- The program is open to graduate students and post-doctoral research associates.
- The application package typically includes a statement from the applicant, the course proposed to be co-taught through the program and supporting documents from the teaching mentor.
- Eligibility –
- Graduate students - Only SEAS Ph.D. students who have passed their qualifying exam are eligible for the TFP program.
- Post-doctoral research associates - SEAS research associates funded on SEAS grants and contracts for the duration of the program are eligible. Postdocs funded on external fellowships are not eligible for this program.
- Program Design - To participate in the UVA Engineering TFP Program, the Teaching Fellow and Teaching Mentor (a UVA Engineering faculty member) will…
- Identify a course that will be co-designed and co-taught by the pair
- Attend a facilitated version of CTE’s c3Design program or the Course Design Institute together
- Meet with other Fellow-Mentor pairs before, during, and after the semester teaching, and
- Co-teaching or team teaching can involve sharing the responsibilities of designing, instructing, and assessing a course. Effective co-teaching requires collaborative planning such that individual efforts are reinforced and integrated by the other co-teacher(s). Teaching fellows cannot be assigned to teach a few guest lectures in the class or help as a Teaching assistant. The Fellow-Mentor pairs have to contribute equally to the teaching and design of the course.
- Benefits - The UVA Engineering Teaching Fellowship program offers the opportunity to develop and hone teaching skills beyond a teaching assistantship, better-preparing students and postdocs for future careers in academia and beyond. Fellows will….
- Gain knowledge in learning-focused pedagogical strategies and student-centered course design.
- Work closely with their teaching mentor and learn from a cooperative teaching experience.
- Gain confidence in designing and teaching a new course.
- Network with members of the UVA teaching community.
- Compensation – This varies based on whether you are a graduate student or a post-doc. Usually covers a wage payment for the semester of the program, Research-only tuition, Student fees, and Health insurance if you are a graduate student. For postdocs, it provides salary support (plus fringe benefits) in the semester of the program. It also covers the cost for graduate students and postdocs to attend a facilitated version of CTE’s c3Design program or Course Design Institute (CDI).
- Application - The application call is distributed to the faculty, graduate student, and post-doctoral research associate mailing list every semester. It includes detailed application requirements and procedures.
- Program Contact - If you have questions, email Dr. Priya Date (SEAS) at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lynn Mandeltort (CTE) email@example.com.