Graduate and Postdoc Teaching Fellows

Program Description

The Sheridan Center Graduate and Postdoc Teaching Fellows Program is a small, interdisciplinary cohort-based learning community that provides graduate students and postdoctoral research associates with the opportunity to develop their teaching skills by learning to conduct peer teaching observations and micro-teaching sessions, provide formative peer feedback, and research, develop, and present a small teaching-focused project. The program is designed for graduate students and postdocs who wish to take a closer look at the scholarship of teaching and learning and its cross-disciplinary applications. Participants will strengthen their understanding of evidence-based teaching practices and learn strategies for creating inclusive learning environments.

Sheridan Graduate and Postdoc Teaching Fellows receive a $500 award for successfully completing the program.

The GPTF program is designed as a small, intensive learning community. As such, enrollment is limited and application-based. Criteria for selection will include:
•    Ability to complete all requirements below--including session attendance 
•    Statement of interest

Questions about the program may be directed to: [email protected]

Please note: The Fellows program is not a transcripted Certificate program. For Sheridan Certificates, see

Learning Objectives

Participants will . . .
•    Explore the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) relating to teaching observations, consulting, and disciplinary practices
•    Collaborate across disciplines to deepen knowledge of evidence-based practices 
•    Participate in reflective observation and consulting practices and provide formative peer feedback
•    Propose and conduct a small teaching-focused research project
•    Disseminate research findings to the Brown community
•    Gain facility with the field of Educational Development

Program Dates

Note: All sessions are held on Wednesdays, 3-5 pm at the Sheridan Center
•    February 6th: Session 1: Introduction to Educational Development Theory & Practice
•    February 20th: Session 2: Teaching Observations: Gathering Data & Providing Feedback
•    March 20th: Session 3: Exploring the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL)
•    Week of April 3rd: Small group meetings
•    April 17th: Session 4: Peer Feedback
•    May 8th: Teaching Showcase

Program Pre-Requisite

•    Completion of the Sheridan Reflective Teaching Seminar (Certificate I)

Program Requirements

•    Full attendance at all sessions, May showcase, and a small group meeting*
•    Conduct paired teaching observations and/or micro-teaching sessions
•    Completion of a group or individual research project
•    Participation in/presentation of work in teaching showcase

*Please note that since the program is small learning community, make-up sessions are not possible. Fellows are required to attend sessions 1 & 2 to remain in the program and receive the monetary award. We regret that we are unable to offer exceptions. For the other program sessions, participants may miss one--and only one--session. Those who miss session 3 or 4 are responsible for catching up on the material outside of class.

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Applications are due January 16, 2019 by 5 pm