Teaching & Learning Center - Graduate Pedagogy Fellows 2023-24

The Teaching & Learning Center (TLC) invites applications for the Graduate Pedagogy Fellows program, which supports the development of peer leaders in higher education pedagogy with a focus on the significance of the Teaching Assistant (TA) role in supporting equitable outcomes in student learning.

TLC Graduate Pedagogy Fellows are known for:

  • advancing a more equitable culture of teaching and learning on our campus,

  • creating more robust resources and support systems for peer graduate student educators in their teaching fields, and

  • strengthening their own professional development in teaching and mentoring.

Program Details:
In Winter 2024, Fellows participate in a 10-week course, hosted by TLC, that meets weekly on Thursdays at 2:00 - 4:00pm.

  • The Winter course will be held in-person in TLC’s teaching space in the McHenry Library.

  • There will be a remote attendance option for grads with accessibility needs.

  • Participants will be asked to engage in asynchronous activities between sessions.

In Spring 2024, Fellows collaborate with TLC and their home departments to develop or refine an interactive, discipline-specific pedagogy program for graduate students in their departments. 

  • Depending on departmental needs, Fellows may design a pedagogy course, workshop series, or peer mentorship program, or a combination.

  • Fellows also prepare to serve as facilitators of the professional development opportunities they create, with the objective of leading those programs in the following academic year (i.e. in 2024-25). 

  • To support this process, Fellows participate in two group workshops and two individual meetings with a TLC mentor in Spring 2024; the modalities and times of each of these commitments will be determined based on Fellows’ Spring schedules.

Fellowship Award & Recognition:

  • Each selected Fellow receives a $2,000 fellowship award.

  • Upon completion of the program, each Fellow receives a professional development certificate, issued by TLC, to indicate their leadership in utilizing and promoting effective and equitable teaching strategies in higher education classrooms.

  • Fellows also gain recognition from their academic departments for their leadership as they work together to plan pedagogical professional development for graduate students in the following academic year.

How to Apply:
Each department with a graduate program is invited to solicit applications from interested graduate students, and to select from that pool one candidate to be considered for the 2023-24 cohort of Graduate Pedagogy Fellows. From among this group of departmental nominees, TLC will select approximately 20 Fellows. All interested graduate students are encouraged to apply to their departments for consideration. If needed, TLC will give priority to candidates from departments that have not recently participated in this program.

To apply to the Graduate Pedagogy Fellows program, prepare and submit the application materials listed in the GPF 2024 Call for Applications to your department by Wednesday, November 8. We recommend that you check in with department staff to confirm your department’s internal application deadline and submission process.

Each department will review applications and pass along the application of their selected departmental nominee to TLC by Tuesday, November 21. TLC will notify applicants and their departments of acceptance by Wednesday, December 6.


**For more information, please visit: https://tlc.ucsc.edu/programs/graduate-pedagogy-fellows/