This Week for Graduate Students: Interested in Advanced CTL Fellowships? Register for Info Session

by | Apr 11, 2023

Introduction to Advanced CTL Fellowships

The CTL’s Graduate Student Programs and Services team invites doctoral students who have engaged extensively with CTL offerings, as well as current and past CTL Fellows, to join us for an information session to explore advanced paid fellowship opportunities at the CTL.

This information session will focus on the following opportunities:

In this session, CTL staff will review all senior fellowship opportunities available to graduate students. They will then be joined by current and past fellows to share the expectations, development opportunities, and timelines for applying to each of the above opportunities. At the end of the session, participants will be invited to ask questions in an interactive Q&A.

Date: Friday, April 21
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Location: Butler Library, Room 212

Campus Conversations: Teaching with AI Tools

The national and international discussions about generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools, like ChatGPT, have been developing at a rapid pace in recent months. While many conversations about these tools raise concerns about assignment design and academic integrity, there is also a strong consensus that AI presents higher education with an exciting opportunity to explore creative ways to leverage it as a tool in teaching and learning!

To help facilitate productive, generative conversations about the potential for AI tools in teaching and learning, the Center for Teaching and Learning is hosting a series of campus conversations. Please join us for any or all of these online discussions as your schedule allows!

Are humans still relevant!? Big questions for higher education and AI tools
Date: Wednesday, April 12
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Enhancing student learning with AI and ChatGPT
Date: Wednesday, April 19
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Assessment and assignment design with AI Tools
Date: Wednesday, April 26
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Sessions count towards track completion in the Teaching Development Program

Careers in Educational Development

Curious about the field of educational development as a career trajectory? Come hear from the CTL’s Assistant Directors (ADs) and Learning Designers (LDs) about our recent paths to careers in educational development and our early experiences in this field. Through a brief pre-session reading and informed in-session Q&A, participants in this session will learn about a range of interests and pathways that led us to this career path, the kinds of opportunities we sought out along the way, and how we prepared for our transition into the field of educational development.

Ultimately, this session can help graduate students interested in pursuing a career in educational development to identify steps they can take (or may have already taken) to prepare for this career. 

Date: Friday, May 5 
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: Butler Library, Room 212

This workshop counts as a Pedagogy Workshop for participants enrolled in the Teaching Development Program

Upcoming Lead Teaching Fellow Event

The 44 2022-23 Lead Teaching Fellows are running workshops and discussions in departments all around Columbia. These are generally advertised locally. Below is an upcoming event that is open to participants beyond the LTFs home departments. Read more about the LTF program here.

LTF events count towards track completion in the Teaching Development Program

Practice Teaching

As an educator, are you curious about aspects of your pedagogical approach that could be improved or altered, but lack a means of objectively analyzing your own teaching style? If so, Practice Teaching might be the perfect resource for you.

Practice Teaching is a fantastic opportunity for aspiring teachers to, well, PRACTICE their craft in front of an audience of their peers. Developed directly from the CTL’s Microteaching format, PT differs slightly in application, but follows the same basic principles: It will take place in a safe and respectful space where volunteers are given an opportunity to teach a topic of their choice for five minutes each before a friendly audience of their peers. Both volunteers and observers are welcome! If you would like to volunteer, please email me at Note: If you choose to volunteer, there is no prep required!

This event is led by Lead Teaching Fellow Selden Cummings (School of the Arts). It is open to all graduate students. 

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 12, 12:00 PM
Location: Dodge 413
Registration: email

Consultations & Office Hours

The CTL provides graduate students and postdocs with consultations at all points in their teaching career. These include consultations on teaching statements, professional development, preparing for the job market, teaching online, and general teaching-related support. Request a consultation.

Office Hours
Live office hours for graduate students are being held each Friday from 2:00 PM–4:00 PM ET. Current Columbia graduate students seeking guidance on teaching approaches and tactics, preparing materials for teaching portfolios, or completing tracks in the Teaching Development Program are invited to drop in, no appointment necessary – in-person in 212 Butler or online via Zoom. Please contact for the Zoom link.