• [the Leads'] professional development and altering the academic cultures of [over 45] departments ...
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    it provides a model other PFF sites might wish to consider and follow." -- James F. Slevin, Professor, Georgetown University, Site Evaluator for NPFF Project
  • "For me personally, I really liked meeting people from other departments and seeing how they do things in other parts of campus."

  • "Its my first real experience working with peers...working with people who challenge me. "

  • "...no doubt in my mind that my own teaching has improved this year as a result of being a Lead."

  • "I appreciate all the training and support I have received from the Graduate Teacher Program."
  • "I found few new faculty (at my new job) that have received the high quality training I received."

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Graduate Teacher Program: College & University Teaching and Professional Development

We are  a division of the Graduate School. Our vision is to serve as an exceptional graduate and professional student development program.

Our mission is twofold: to create excellent learning experiences for undergraduates by training graduate student teachers and supporting departments; and to prepare graduate students so they may thrive in higher education or the private sector as professionals once they graduate.

We work with graduate students from all departments in all schools and colleges on the Boulder campus. We offer comprehensive college teacher training, support research skill development, and provide academic and nonacademic career preparation opportunities through conferences, workshops, and individual consultation.

We encourage graduate students to take their current teaching, research, and service responsibilities seriously and to view their experiences on the Boulder campus as preparation for academic or nonacademic careers.

Our Goal, Projects and Activities



The Graduate Teacher Program’s goal is to encourage graduate student participants to take their current teaching responsibilities and preparation as future faculty seriously and to view teaching as a scholarly activity.


To this end, we offer workshops and other activities that allow graduate students to meet the following objectives:

• CU Boulder's graduate teachers interact with a community of scholars made up of faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, and staff from their own and from other departments and campuses;

• They learn to work with diverse populations in diverse postsecondary and other work environments;

• They model and foster integrity and fairness; • They expand advising, counseling, mentoring, and management skills;

• They approach teaching, research, service, and professional development from an evidence-based perspective that assesses student learning;

• They explore and learn to use effective learning technologies.

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Training Events
  • Fall Intensive
  • Spring Conference
  • The COPFFN Forum
  • Lead Network Seminar

Weekly Workshop Series 

  • Monday Workshops
  • Technology Workshops
  • TIGER Workshops
  • Friday Forums
  • Intercultural Workshops
  • Special Workshops

COPFFN Site Visits

  • Fall Site Visit
  • Spring Site Visit

One-on-One Consultation
Videotape Consultation on Teaching