Program overview


The Preparing Doctoral Students for 21st-Century Teaching initiative is offered by the Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (through the GSAS Teaching Center) in partnership with the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning, and funded by the Teagle Foundation.

The program entails a variety of training, evaluation, and mentorship activities, all focused on connecting fundamentals of university teaching with innovations made possible by new media technology. Graduate students who participate in the program normally have immediate or future teaching responsibilities at the university.

Innovative Teaching Summer Institute at Columbia


Institute participants define learning goals and assessment strategies, explore the application of educational technology to these goals, and develop innovative assignments to run in future classes. At the Institute's conclusion, the 50 Columbia doctoral students who had completed all Institute requirements receive certification.

The 2015 Summer Institute ran June 15-18, 2015, at Columbia University. Read more about the Summer Institute.

Peer Teaching observations


Columbia doctoral students who earn certification at the Summer Institute are then eligible to apply for Peer Teaching Consultant fellowships (formerly Teagle Teaching Fellowships). This program entails responsibilities and stipends during the academic year. Teaching Consultant Fellows help each other evaluate each others' pedagogy; they work in pairs to plan, implement, and reflect on teaching observations.

A cohort of ten Columbia University graduate students participated in a series of peer teaching evaluation activities during the 2013-14 academic year, and twelve are doing so during the 2014-15 academic year. Read more about these activities, and browse teaching observation plans developed by Columbia doctoral students working across disciplines.


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