This Week for Graduate Students: Interested in CTL Fellowships? Join an Info Session on March 3!

by | Feb 21, 2023

Introduction to CTL Fellowships (LTF, TOF, TAF)

Are you looking for ways to extend your pedagogical development? Would you like to be more involved with the Center for Teaching and Learning? Join the CTL’s Graduate Student Programs and Services team to learn more about paid fellowship opportunities at the CTL that provide Columbia doctoral students (and in some cases, MFA students at SOA) with sustained professional development experience. This information session is one of two that will be offered in Spring 2023 and will focus on the following opportunities: 

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

Date: Friday, March 3, 2023 
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Location: Butler Library 212

Making it Hard to Cheat

As part of Academic Integrity Awareness Week, this session asks the question: how can we design courses and assignments that discourage or make it difficult to cheat? Cheating will continue to be a persistent problem, however, the research on cheating suggests that there are predictable conditions that can induce cheating behaviors. We’ll explore the research on cheating in higher education and use it to devise strategies to reduce cheating and even improve students’ overall performance in our courses by fostering their own intrinsic motivations to learn deeply in our classes.

Participation in this session counts towards completion of the Teaching Development Program (TDP).

Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Time: 10:10 AM – 11:40 AM
Location: Butler Library, Room 212

Innovative Course Design Seminar

In the five-week Innovative Course Design Seminar, participants explore evidence-based, inclusive instructional design practices and create a learner-centered syllabus of their own design. Participants apply the principles of backward design and inclusive teaching to develop context-specific learning objectives, aligned and scaffolded assessments, and a range of engaging activities that facilitate student learning within the context of a single course. Applications will be accepted Feb. 24 – March 10

In-person seminar meetings are scheduled for Thursdays March 23, March 30, April 6, April 13, and April 20, 2:40–4pm Eastern Time in Butler 212, supplemented by online modules to be completed between sessions.

For those enrolled in the Teaching Development Program (TDP), this seminar satisfies the Advanced Track seminar requirement.


Want to practice a new in-class activity or just get some more practice before teaching in your classroom? Join peers in a Microteaching Practice session where you will divide into groups of 3-4 with a facilitator and take turns delivering short samples of instruction to each other. After each teaching sample, your facilitator and your peers will offer structured feedback to support your teaching. Whether you are currently teaching at Columbia or not, all graduate students looking to practice teaching are welcome to attend this Microteaching Practice session. 

Date: Thursday, February 23, 2023 
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Butler Library, Room 204

Microteaching satisfies the Application and Practice requirement for the Teaching Development Program.

Making the Most of Mentorship

Columbia graduate students and postdocs are invited to a special interactive workshop, in which participants will learn concrete strategies for identifying and addressing common mentorship challenges, and hear candid perspectives from an interdisciplinary group of mentor-mentee pairs. The session will end by identifying on-campus resources and steps for taking a mentorship relationship to the next level.

This session will offer pertinent guidance and models for current and future mentees and those planning to take on the role of academic mentor during their careers. It is a collaborative offering of the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and the Office of Research Compliance and Training. Light snacks will be available to registered participants.

Date: Thursday, March 23, 2023
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: CUIMC Campus, 1202 & 1203 Vagelos Education Center

Participation in this session counts towards completion of the Teaching Development Program (TDP).

Upcoming Lead Teaching Fellow Events

The 45 2022-23 Lead Teaching Fellows are running workshops and discussions in departments all around Columbia. These are generally advertised locally. Below are upcoming events that are open to participants beyond the LTFs home departments.

LTF events count towards track completion in the Teaching Development Program.

Avoiding Bad Practices when Writing Responses and Papers

When talking about academic integrity, Columbia University aligns with the six values of the ICAI (International Center for Academic Integrity): Honesty, Trust, Respect, Responsibility, Courage. The phrase “Wear the Crown with Honor” is also common knowledge in our community. However, as instructors we have encountered ourselves with responses or papers wrongly quoted, Google translated or even plagiarized. In this workshop, we will discuss what activities we can put into practice as instructors (preventive work) to make sure that our students show an honest and ethical intellectual behavior, correctly paraphrase and approach different sources, and do not fall into the temptation of quoting intellectual work without giving credit to the authors.

This event is led by Lead Teaching Fellow Ramon Flores Pinedo (Latin American and Iberian Cultures). It is open to all students.

Date & Time: Tuesday, February 21, 4:00-5:30 pm
Location: Casa Hispánica, 612 W 116th St, Room 206
Registration: email

Mentorship Strategies for PhD Students: From the Classroom to the Lab

As graduate students in STEM, we often find ourselves teaching outside of the classroom, particularly when training new students in the lab. This role can be rewarding and positive, but it can also be daunting without prior experience. In this workshop, we ‘ll learn general mentorship strategies, discuss how to navigate challenges in mentorship, and reflect on our experiences as both mentors and mentees. Pizza and snacks will be provided!

This event is led by Lead Teaching Fellow Ramon Flores Pinedo (Latin American and Iberian Cultures). It is open to all engineering PhD students.

Date & Time: March 1st at 6-7pm pm 
Location: ET 343 (3rd floor Mudd Building)
Registration: here

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 – 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 (