Teaching and Learning Fellows

For several years Brandeis has hosted a year-long program for Teaching and Learning Fellows. Meeting every two weeks, these faculty groups discuss a wide range of learning and  teaching theory and practice. In addition, each Fellow will undertake an assessment project to understand better how well their students are actually learning.

We're looking forward to working with the 2018-2019 Brandeis Teaching and Learning Fellows

Past Fellows are great resources on issues of pedagogy and assessment – and we hope that you will reach out to them to discuss learning and teaching.

Contact a Davis Teaching and Learning Fellow in your department, or see a list of past fellows by name.

Here is a list of the 2017-18 Brandeis Teaching and Learning Fellows

You can read reflections from Davis Teaching and Learning Fellows here

Who is encouraged to apply to the Fellows program: Faculty members at any career stage who are interested in helping their students learn more effectively. (Note: faculty in their first year and those with several decades of experience have taken part in both programs. For testimonials, see below.) 

Who is eligible to apply to the Fellows program:

  • Tenure-track and Tenured faculty
  • Contract faculty on multi-year contracts who teach at least two courses per year
  • Part-time faculty who have taught at least four courses in the previous three years

Thoughts from participants in the Teaching and Learning Fellows Program

The CTL Fellowship was a wonderful opportunity to explore best practices with other faculty members. I discovered and adopted valuable new teaching techniques that I regularly use in my classes. Plus, it was inspiring to be surrounded by colleagues who care deeply about teaching and to discover their thoughtful perspectives. 

Carol Osler, Economics and IBS

… including from first-year faculty in the Fellows Program

Being a part of the Teaching and Learning Fellows program has been a wonderful experience, which I’d recommend to anyone. Having the opportunity to discuss and reflect on teaching strategies, course design, and student assessment has provided me with several new tools to bring in the classroom. Moreover, because the program includes both junior and senior faculty across campus, the program provides great opportunities for collaboration and growth.

Paula Musegades, Music and American Studies

The Brandeis Teaching and Learning Fellows Program is a great opportunity for Brandeis faculty to take a step back and reflect upon the learning of students and their effectiveness as teachers. I learned a lot through the program about improving and enriching my pedagogical tools and methods as a teacher. Most of all, I found that the program took away a lot of the anxiety that comes with being an inexperienced teacher. Being part of a dedicated group of Brandeis faculty who come together once every other week to discuss teaching and learning is a precious experience, especially for junior faculty.

Suleyman Dost, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies

As a junior faculty, with a vague idea of what learning is from the point of view of Brandeis students, the Teaching and Learning Fellowship has allowed me to better understand my students and my teaching by exchanging ideas with senior and junior faculty. As a result, I have become more confident in my teaching and have developed strategies that save me preparation time.  

Emilie Diouf, English

For the first four years, the Fellows program was generously supported by the Davis Educational Foundation. In the 2017-18 academic year, Brandeis began supporting the program.