Doctoral students in any of Psychology’s graduate programs are invited to apply for the Teaching Fellowship. Five Teaching Fellows are chosen each year to teach two sections each of General Psychology (PSY100) in the fall and other courses in the spring, depending on the needs of the department and the expertise of the Teaching Fellow. Typically, applications are due in early March, and applicants are notified of the selection committee’s decision in April. Qualifications include the master’s degree and evidence of previous teaching experience and effectiveness. Applicants must provide a videotaped teaching sample, letters from faculty, and student evaluations.
Teaching Fellows use the same text across sections, but independently design their own syllabi, presentations, and exams. Each Teaching Fellow has a team of undergraduate and graduate teaching assistants, including GTAs dedicated to providing feedback on student writing.
Most Teaching Fellows become involved on campus by attending presentations and workshops on a variety of topics related to teaching and university initiatives. Many have also been asked to do presentations for The Institute on Teaching and Learning (TILT), CSU’s Professional Development Institute, and the Master Teacher Initiative in the College of Natural Sciences. Topics have included the science of learning and memory, engaging students in very large classes, integrating writing in the large Psychology classroom, and many others.
Karla Gingerich, faculty supervisor for PSY100 and the Teaching Fellowship, meets weekly with the Teaching Fellows to provide feedback, materials, opportunities for professional development, and support. For information about the Teaching Fellowship, contact Karla at firstname.lastname@example.org.