Graduate Student Teaching Fellows Program

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The College of Engineering Graduate Student Teaching Fellows program is a one-year competitive program that prepares graduate students who are currently (or will be) teaching at the postsecondary level. This is a unique opportunity that allows graduate students to engage with evidence-based teaching methods applicable to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Graduate Ph.D seeking students will learn to become effective teachers through active participation in a peer-observation program, learning evidence-based course design and development, structured discussions with faculty mentors, and taking part in a course focused on teaching. Upon completion of the program, participants are awarded a non-degree certificate of completion and named a UNL College of Engineering Graduate Student Teaching Fellow. Students will simultaneously earn associate level certification through the CIRTL@Nebraska program ( to be named a CIRTL Associate

Applications for the 2023- 2024 cohort

Applications for the 2023-2024 cohort are now open:  Graduate Student Teaching Fellows 2023-2024 Cohort Application Form

Program Requirements

Application Form

  1. College of Engineering Ph.D graduate students who have completed one year in their program (at least 18-credit hours in your PhD program)
  2. Submit a one-page letter of application detailing your motivation for seeking participation in the program. Describe how your participation in the program would support your current or future teaching and overall growth as a teacher. The letter should have your first and last name, phone number, and email address. You can submit this letter on the online application form.
  3. A short recommendation letter from your adviser that states their approval of your participation. You and/or your adviser can submit the recommendation letter on the online application form.
  4. Conduct 2 - 4 classroom observations as a participant in the Teaching Evaluation project at COE using COPUS. You will be contacted by the program facilitator regarding your observation assignments. Each observation is 50 minutes each.