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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

 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

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