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Teaching Fellows Collegewide Graduate Assistant Colloquium on Teaching and Learning

Roles and Responsibilities

Teaching Fellows assist the Assistant to the President for Outreach in planning, organizing, and conducting the annual Graduate Assistant Colloquium on Teaching and Learning (GAC) and follow up activities.

A Teaching Fellow position is an award that compliments other graduate appointments such as graduate or research assistantships or fellowships. A modest stipend is provided.

Fellows are selected based on a formal review process that recognizes their exemplary performance in previous and/or current graduate assistantships or other teaching positions; interest in and commitment to teaching and learning in higher education; and interests, skills, and experiences that will contribute to their role as Teaching Fellows. Consideration is given to representing the range of professions and discipline represented at ESF and to students in terminal degree programs (this is often a Ph.D. program except, for example, in landscape architecture, where the MLA is the terminal degree).

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Recommendations from both the major professor and faculty chair are required for final selection.

The Teaching Fellow role is both advisory and supportive in nature and involves specific tasks and responsibilities. The Fellows’ role will entail:

  1. Meeting regularly from March to mid-May in order to address issues of immediate concern (e.g., confirming the program, schedule, presenters, rooms). This is typically done through two to three brown-bag meetings during the month.
  2. In addition to these meetings, Fellows work independently on selected tasks and assignments in order to make preparations for the August Colloquium. This may include, for example, selecting the theme and participants for the "Panel of Experienced GAs", and selecting the content and procedures of a campus tour.
  3. Communication with the Assistant to the President for Outreach after Spring classes have concluded until the end of June is necessary. Typically this has been accomplished through occasional e-mails.
  4. The Fellows, Assistant to the President for Outreach, and other staff resume meetings the week of the August Colloquium in order to make final preparations. This typically entails a few meetings, along with other tasks, depending upon needs. Fellows should be available the two days immediately preceding the Colloquium. We usually hold a pre-Colloquium noon meeting for all presenters and organizers two days prior to the Colloquium. Some tasks must be addressed during the Spring semester while others cannot be completed until just prior to the Colloquium. It is, of course, difficult to anticipate what surprises may await us in August. Therefore, while Fellows will not be required to work the entire two days prior to the Colloquium, they should be prepared to be very flexible and generally available the Monday and Tuesday immediately proceeding the Colloquium.
  5. Fellows participate in the GAC as hosts, administrative support, facilitators, and presenters from approximately 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM on both days.
  6. Following the GAC, Fellows assist in the collection, review and reporting of evaluation information from participants and in planning, scheduling and hosting at least one follow-up session especially for GAC participants each semester throughout the academic year.