The Teaching Fellows Program is a two-year program with the goal of enhancing the teaching skills for PhD students and post-doctoral associates in the Materials Science & Engineering Program. Participants will develop critical teaching skills that will help prepare them for an academic or teaching career.

If you are a post-doc and are interested in this program, please contact Laramie Rose and Valeriia Kim.


Each Teaching Fellow will:

  • Serve as a co-instructor of one semester course during their two-year tenure. As a co-instructor, the Teaching Fellow will develop and teach two weeks of lectures, create new homework and exam problems and solutions. The Teaching Fellow will spend on average 10 hours per week or a maximum of 150 hours during the semester. The course will typically be one of the core MSEN graduate courses.
  • Attend teaching seminars and workshops held each semester, organized through the MSE program.
  • Attend at least three teaching workshops offered by the Center for Teaching & Learning during the Teaching Fellow’s tenure in the program.


The Teaching Fellow will receive:

  • Mentorship from the primary instructor of the course in which the Teaching Fellow serves as a co-instructor.
  • Constructive feedback on the lectures they teach and assignments they prepare from the primary instructor.
  • Training on innovative teaching pedagogies.
  • A one-time supplement of $1000, which will be given at the end of the semester in which the Teaching Fellow serves as a co-instructor.


  • A one-page statement describing why the applicant is interested in becoming a Teaching Fellow and their long-term career goals. The applicant should include a rank order of their preference for MSEN courses.
  • A letter from their PhD advisor indicating their support for the student or postdoc to become a Teaching Fellow. The letter must also include a statement that they will continue to support the student or postdoc on their full-time appointment.

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