Teaching Conference Support

In 2021-22, support for select doctoral students who wish to attend conferences or training centered on teaching practices in higher education will be again sponsored by the GSAS Office of the Dean and funded by the Office of the Provost.

Current Columbia doctoral students are invited to apply for funds to help defray travel and other expenses associated with attending a conference or training focused on teaching practices in higher education. Approved applicants will receive up to $750 for attending a conference or training that helped them develop as instructors or explore discipline-based educational research (DBER).

CTL is currently accepting applications for conferences and trainings taking place through May 31, 2022.

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CTL is currently accepting applications for teaching conference support through May 31, 2022. Preference will be given to applications that request funding for documented expenses that can be paid by Columbia ahead of time, rather than reimbursed. For inquiries about this opportunity, email CTLgrads@columbia.edu.

About Teaching Conference Support

Background and goals

In 2021-22, support for select doctoral students who wish to attend conferences or training centered on teaching practices in higher education is sponsored by the GSAS Office of the Dean, funded by the Office of the Provost, and administered by CTL. The goals of this initiative are to:

  • Raise awareness of teaching development opportunities among Columbia doctoral students
  • Increase professional development opportunities and engagements for graduate students
  • Identify new needs and areas for CTL and other teaching development support at Columbia, in the light of engagements of Columbia graduate students with outside organizations and resources

 

Conditions of this award

Current Columbia University doctoral students are invited to apply for this support in order to defray expenses entailed with attending the following:

  • A conference focused on pedagogy in higher education
  • A conference in the applicant’s discipline that will significantly involve the applicant in presentations focused on teaching or discipline-based educational research (DBER)
  • A training focused on a targeted aspect of teaching development

The conference or training has to have been completed by May 31, 2022. Awardees will need to comply with Columbia University travel restrictions and other current Covid-19 policies.

As part of their application, applicants are asked to specify the following:

  • Indication of how the conference qualifies for this support (see below)
  • Indication of the applicant’s role at the conference
  • Anticipated expenses that this award would be applied to in the following areas: conference registration, travel, lodging, and food. Applications for expenses that can be paid ahead of time by Columbia, rather than reimbursed to students, will be prioritized. 
  • A copy of an invitation letter confirming participation in the conference or a relevant page from the conference program.

Once the application period opens in September 2021, applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis, and reviewed within one week of submission.  Upon approval of applications, awardees will be asked to agree to the following deliverables:

  • Submitting a narrative reflection on their experience at the supported conference, extracts of which could be posted on the GSAS and CTL websites. CTL will supply a template for this 300 – 500 word reflection.
  • Planning and executing a debrief with peers about insights from the conference, at a setting designated in consultation with CTL and (if appropriate) Lead Teaching Fellows in the department.

Any support for travel will be contingent on alignment with COVID-19-related University travel policies.

 

Qualifying conferences

  • Conferences focusing on teaching practices and values in higher education. Examples of these include POD Network conferences, CIRTL conferences, AAC&U conferences, Lilly conferences, and conferences produced by teaching and learning centers at other universities.
  • Discipline-specific conferences with significant focus on pedagogical practices or educational research within the discipline.
  • Workshops or trainings focusing on the development of advanced pedagogical practices or approaches. Priority will be given to proposals specifying such workshops in the New York City region.

CTL reviews applications to confirm whether the specified conference or training qualifies for this support.  Interested graduate students are welcome to send inquiries about this program to CTLgrads@columbia.edu.

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