Senior Teaching Observation Fellowship

Senior Teaching Observation Fellows (STOFs) are returning Teaching Observation Fellows who are assigned to cohorts of incoming TOFs to provide mentorship, oversight, and insight as TOFs conduct a range of teaching observation activities on each other. In the 2018-19 academic year, two SLTFs mentored a TOF cohort of 14. See the 2018-19 TOF directory for details.

Eligibility and Support

Senior Teaching Observation Fellows (STOFs) earn stipends of $3000 over the academic year ($1500 per semester). To be eligible for the position of STOF, applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Successful and timely completion of all work in the Teaching Observation Fellowship program
  • Seventh or earlier year and good academic standing in a Columbia University doctoral program during the 2019-20 academic year
  • General availability for on-campus meetings during the 2019-20 academic year
  • Awareness of advisor or academic sponsor of participation in this program


About STLF applications

The application period for 2019-20 Senior Teaching Observation Fellows is now closed. CTL will put out a call for 2020-21 STOFs in June, 2020.

STOF Activities

STOFs serve as mentors to TOFs during the year, oversee TOF deliverables, lead learning community discussions, and work closely with CTL on administration of this program. STOFs are expected to devote up to 80 hours over the academic year to the program. Specific 2019-20 STOF activities and deliverables consist of the following:

Senior Teaching Observation Fellow activities (35-40 hours per semester)

  • Mentoring TOFs as they complete and reflect on teaching observation activities, via individual and group check-ins
  • Tracking and assessing TOF work during the academic year
  • Planning and running discussions for assigned group of TOFs (online as well as in person) exploring aspects of peer mentorship and formative observation (three per semester)
  • Running TOF microteaching sessions
  • Collaborating and meeting with with CTL staff to design and run Teaching Observation Fellows programming during the academic year
  • Writing a summative and reflective report on STOF activities

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