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Lead Teaching Fellowship

About the LTF Program

The Lead Teaching Fellow (LTF) program is an interdisciplinary professional development initiative for Columbia doctoral students. LTFs earn stipends for producing teaching-related events and workshops in their home departments. CTL provides consultation and support, and works with Senior Lead Teaching Fellows to hold a number of LTF cohort meetings.

Schools represented in the 2016-17 cohort include Arts and Sciences, SEAS, GSAPP, SIPA, Public Health, and Nursing. To find a department’s current LTF, see the 2016-17 LTF directory.

LTFs produce a range of events covering topics such as syllabus design, inclusive pedagogy, peer teaching observation, digital resources in the classroom, and framing teaching development for the academic job market. A full list of events, along with LTF reflections on them, is available to Columbia affiliates at http://ltf.wikispaces.columbia.edu.

 Applications for the following academic year will be accepted in Spring 2017.

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.

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