Senior Lead Teaching Fellowship

Senior Lead Teaching Fellows (SLTFs) are returning LTFs who serve as mentors to assigned cohorts of incoming Lead Teaching Fellows, help CTL with program strategy and administration, and run interdisciplinary CTLgrads Learning Communities. In the 2021-22 academic year, seven SLTFs mentored an LTF cohort of 49. See the 2021-22 LTF directory for details.

Eligibility and Support

SLTFs earn stipends of $3000 over the academic year, awarded in two installments. To be eligible for the position of Senior Lead Teaching Fellows (SLTF), applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Successful and timely completion of all work in the Lead Teaching Fellow program
  • General availability for meetings during the 2021-22 academic year
  • In seventh or earlier year during 2021-22 and in good academic standing in a Columbia University doctoral program

About SLTF applications

CTL will put out a call for 2023-24 Senior Lead Teaching Fellows in May 2023.  All former current and LTFs who will be in years 3 – 7 of their program in 2023-24 will be invited to apply.

SLTF Activities

SLTFs serve as mentors to LTFs during the year, oversee LTF deliverables, co-lead CTL-designed workshops, and co-facilitate learning communities. SLTFs are expected to devote approximately 80 hours over the academic year to the program. Specific 2021-22 STLF activities and deliverables consist of the following:

Lead Teaching Fellows mentorship and supervision (50 hours across the academic year)

  • Planning meetings with CTL Assistant Directors.
  • LTF meeting facilitation.
  • Mentoring LTFs during semester.
  • Overseeing LTF deliverables.
  • Coordinating LTF workshop visits.

Co-facilitation of a Learning Community (one semester, 20 hours)

  • Collaboration with another SLTF on the design and preparation for a CTLgrads learning community. Learning communities are organized around special topics in education and involve informal discussion of research or other related materials.
  • Meeting with CTL Assistant Directors for support and feedback at least twice in planning the LC.
  • Facilitation of learning community meetings (2-3 meetings in either the fall or spring term).
  • Documenting and co-authoring report about the learning community.

Supporting CTL programs for graduate students (5 hours across the academic year)

  • Assisting with the development or facilitation of TA orientation sessions, CTL events or workshops, or Teaching Development Program activities during the academic year. Assignments will be coordinated with individual SLTF schedules.

End of year reflective report (5 hours)

  • Summative reflection on STLF activities, written at the end of the academic year and posted onto the LTF program website.

The CTL is here for graduate students.

The Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning provides an array of support for graduate students in both their current and future teaching responsibilities.