Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows Program

The Sheridan Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows program is a yearlong, cohort-based learning community that provides the opportunity for a small group of junior faculty from across the disciplines to come together to reflect upon and discuss their teaching and their students’ learning with Sheridan staff. Throughout the year, Fellows participate in seven reading group discussion sessions on key topics of higher education pedagogy, including equitable teaching, learning design, student engagement, and assessment. Fellows will also have the chance to select additional topics as a group.

Each semester, fellows also participate in peer teaching observations and discuss the insights and ideas gained from the experience. Participants also receive feedback on their teaching through a course observation or early student feedback session and one-on-one consultation with Sheridan staff.

Fellows are celebrated each year at the University Teaching Awards Ceremony and will receive a $500 research stipend after completing the program. Please note that participants must complete all required components of the program in order to receive the research stipend.

We welcome applications from lecturers and assistant professors. The program is limited to 8 faculty members and admission is based on the application, so please fill it out carefully. Applications for the 2024-2025 program year must be received no later than August 26th, 2024. To apply, please fill the Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows Application form.

Program Dates

The program will be held in-person in the Sheridan Center (201 Thayer Street). Fellows are expected to participate in-person, but we can accommodate occasional virtual participation for research travel, conferences, etc.

Fall 2023

Wednesday, September 18th, 3-4:30 PM
Wednesday, October 16th, 3-4:30 PM
Wednesday, November 6th, 3-4:30 PM
Wednesday, December 4th, 3-4:30 PM

Spring 2024

Wednesday, February 4th, 3-4:30 PM
Wednesday, March 5th, 3-4:30 PM
Wednesday, April 2nd, 3-4:30 PM
University Awards Ceremony: Date TBA (attendance is optional, but highly encouraged)

Program Eligibility

In order to be eligible for the program, participants must be:

  1. Lecturers or Assistant Professors who teach as part of their job duties. Postdocs are not eligible for the program.
  2. In-residence and teaching at Brown in the 2024-2025 academic year
  3. Able to meet all of the program requirements & attend all meetings.

Please contact Dr. Sara A. Misgen ([email protected]) with questions about the program.


Current Fellows


Kiana Murphy (American Studies)
Alejandra Rosenberg Navarro (Hispanic Studies)
Ivan Tan (Music)
Seda Salapayca (Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences)
Gajendra Kumar (Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry)
Tiraana Bains (History)
Mindi Leigh Schneider (Institute at Brown for Environment and Society)

Past Fellows


Karianne Bergen (Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences)
Chen Sun (Computer Science)
Shilo McBurney (Public Health - Epidemiology)
Atin Jindal (Bio Med Medicine)
Lucas Caretta (School of Engineering)
Sara Mueller (Physics)
Tricia Kelly (Education)
Kristina Mallory (Applied Mathematics)


Roman Feiman (CLPS)
Stéphanie Gaillard (French & Francophone Studies)
Brad Gibbs (Economics)
Ainsley LeSure (Africana Studies)
Patience Moyo (Public Health - Health Services, Policy & Practice)
Iván A. Ramos (Theater Arts and Performance Studies)
Mauro Rodriguez Jr (School of Engineering)
Ritambhara Singh (Computer Science)


Charrise Barron (Africana Studies and Music)
Theophilus A. Benson (Computer Science)
Renee Surprenant Fitzgerald (Theatre Arts & Performance Studies)
Emily Gadbois (Health Services, Policy, & Practice)
Emily Kress (Philosophy)
Jinying Li (Department of Modern Culture and Media)
Alice Paul (Biostatistics)


Jesse Ault (Fluids and Thermal Sciences, School of Engineering)
David Buchta (Classics)
Emily Drumsta (Comparative Literature)
Marissa Gray (Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology, & Biotechnology)
Elizabeth Miller (Philosophy)
Jessica Plavicki (Pathology and Laboratory Medicine)
Malte Schwarzkopf (Computer Science)


Lisa Biggs (Africana Studies/Rites and Reason Theatre)
Elena Festa (CLPS)
Amanda M. Jamieson (Molecular Microbiology and Immunology)
Kemp Plumb (Physics)
Lulei Su (East Asian Studies)
James Tompkin (Computer Science)


José Manuel Conde Alonso (Mathematics)
Leon J. Hilton (Theatre Arts and Performance Studies)
Jeff Huang (Computer Science)
Hieyoon Kim (East Asian Studies)
Jason Protass (Religious Studies)
Jerome Robinson (Chemistry)
Adam J. Sullivan (Biostatistics)


Lisa Dicarlo (Sociology)
Jennifer Franck (Engineering)
Jennifer Lambe (History)
Jeremy Mumford (History)


Nina Emery (Philosophy)
Karla Kaun (Neuroscience)
Sarah Thomas (Hispanic Studies)
Paul Valiant (Computer Science)


Cici Bauer (Public Health - Biostatistics)
Sylvia Kuo (Economics)
Eng-Beng Lim (Theatre Arts and Performance Studies)
Monica Linden (Neuroscience)
Josh Pacewicz (Sociology)


Jennifer Lindsay (Education)
Brandon Marshall (Public Health - Epidemiology)
Li-Qiong Wang (Chemistry)
Andrew Pennock (Taubman Center)


Stephen Bush (Religious Studies)
Johanna Hanink (Classics)
Thomas Serre (CLPS)
Kathleen Hess (Chemistry)