Lead Teaching Fellows (LTF)

logo-ltf-horizThe Lead Teaching Fellows (LTF) program was launched in Fall 2014 to provide doctoral students at Columbia with experience in teaching development, peer mentorship, communications, and event design within academic departments. Working with the support of the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), LTFs produce teaching-related events in home departments, advance their own pedagogical development, and facilitate communication between the CTL, other LTFs, Columbia faculty, and other graduate student instructors. Lead Teaching fellows are mentored and supported by a team of Senior Lead Teaching Fellows.

Applications for 2016-17 LTF positions were accepted in April 2016 from students who will be in years 2-7 in a Columbia University Ph.D. program as of Fall 2016. After consultation with departmental representatives, CTL made offers to doctoral students in Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Mailman School of Public Health, the School of Nursing, the School of International and Public Affairs, and the School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation.

LTF Program Details

LTFs earn stipends of $2000 ($1000 at the end of each semester) upon the successful production of teaching-related events in their home departments, and the completion of a series of activities promoting communication between the CTL, other Fellows, and faculty and graduate student instructors in their home departments. Approximately 30 hours are required per semester for the following:

  • Participating in three LTF training/networking meetings at the CTL, including small-group sessions with their assigned CTL Graduate Fellow mentor.
  • Attending at least three workshops or events at the CTL (one of which could include another LTF event).
  • Planning and implementing a teaching-related workshop, discussion, or presentation in home departments in consultation with departmental representatives and CTL staff.
  • Referring peers to pertinent CTL programs and resources.
  • Documenting LTF activities and reflections on the LTF program website, culminating in a brief year-end report.

The CTL provides LTFs with individual consultations, peer mentoring, logistical event support, and a budget for food and refreshments at their events. Questions about the program may be sent to CTLgrads@columbia.edu

Some snapshots of Lead Teaching Fellow events in home departments, Fall 2015

About 2015-16 LTFs

The Lead Teaching Fellows program launched in Fall 2014. In the 2015-16 academic year, five Senior Lead Teaching Fellows were added to the program, and the Lead Teaching Fellow roster expanded to 33. This cohort attended a series of gatherings, and produced over 60 teaching-related workshops and discussions in their home departments. helped to mentor 2015-16 LTFs and developed their own pedagogical projects. Details about LTF-produced events are available on the Lead Teaching Fellows HQ website (Columbia UNI access only).

SLTFs and LTFs documented their work and reflections on the LTF program website (Columbia University UNI log-in only). Clicking on an SLTF or LTF below will lead directly to a personal page on that site, which contains contact information as well as details about SLTF projects or LTF-produced events in home departments.

2015-16 Senior Lead Teaching Fellows


Susie Tozier

Biological Science

Holly Myers

Slavic Languages

Anna Provitola

French and Romance Philology

2015-16 Lead Teaching Fellows

Fatima Mojaddedi


Stephanie Douglas


Nevette Bailey


Franziska Landes

Earth & Env. Science

Emma O'Loughlin Bérat

English & Comp. Lit.

Melissa Morris


Max Shmookler


Paula Harper


Minghao Cheng


Noam Zerubavel


Inna Kapilevich

Slavic Languages

Soo-Young Kim


Niyo Kato

Biological Sciences

Samuel McVane

Classical Studies

Joshua Batts


Andrea Crow

English and Comp. Lit.

Sahar Ullah


Robby Finley


Hadas Aron

Political Science

Cara Rock-Singer


Luciana Leao


Natasha Marie Llorens

Art History & Arch.

Kausik Regunath

Biological Sciences

Kate Brassel


(Leo) Lijun Wang


Tabea Weitz

Germanic Languages

Christine Susienka


Daniel Barulli


Robyn Jensen

Slavic Languages

Jason Wong

Sustainable Development