The Problem-Solving Fellows Program is anchored in a rigorous academic course focused on helping Undergraduate TAs be effective peer teachers in STEM courses that focus on group problem-solving. Problem-Solving Fellows take the course UNIV 1110: The Theory and Practice of Problem Solving.
The students in UNIV 1110 reflect on their own learning, in order to become highly effective problem solvers themselves. In this course, students discuss and practice components of problem-solving, learning theory, and evidence-based instructional teaching practice and gain skills that will aid them in their own learning, promote learning in others, improve communication and problem-solving capabilities, and prepare them to engage more deeply in diverse learning spaces. A Brown Daily Herald article about this course can be found here.
Problem Solving Fellows have taught in the following courses:
CHEM 0330, CSCI 0220, ENGN 0040, ENGN 1931Z, NEUR 2060
Reimbursement for Problem Solving Fellows who are UTAs
The Sheridan Center will reimburse the pay of a UTA who successfully completes the course UNIV 1110, up to 10 hrs/wk (per University guidelines) for one term, either concurrently or following the completion of the course. Students will be asked to identify which course they plan to work as a TA. This is to ensure that students have a frame of reference while discussing practices and experiences in class.
If a UTA is TAing for two courses in one term, the Sheridan Center will reimburse their pay up to 5 hrs/wk for each course (10 hrs/wk total for both courses).
University guidelines on UTAs can be found here.