Lead Teaching Fellowship

The LTF program is a professional development opportunity for doctoral students who are committed to promoting pedagogical practices and conversations among their peers. LTFs participate in a series of meetings at the CTL and earn stipends for organizing teaching-related workshops and events in their home departments. 

A call for applications for the 2019-20 cohort of Lead Teaching Fellows (LTFs) will go out in March 2019Preference will be given to applicants who have participated in CTL programs.

About LTF Events

LTFs produce a range of events for their home departments 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.

Browse the LTF directory

In 2018-19, 29 Lead Teaching Fellows are designing and running teaching-related events in departments across the University, mentored by a team of Senior Lead Teaching Fellows.

LTF Program Activities

LTFs earn stipends of $2,000 ($1,000 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. These required activities entail approximately 30 hours per semester.

After being accepted into the program in the spring, Lead Teaching Fellows attend an orientation meeting in the CTL. They then complete the following activities each semester of the following academic year:

  • Participating in three LTF training/networking meetings, including small-group sessions with their assigned CTL Graduate Fellow mentor.
  • Attending at least two workshops or events at the CTL.
  • Planning and implementing a teaching-related workshop, discussion, or presentation in home departments in consultation with departmental representatives, an assigned graduate student mentor, 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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