Call for Applications for the 2014-15 Teagle Teaching Seminar

Princeton’s McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, in partnership with the Graduate School, will convene its  expanded offering of the year-long teaching seminar for graduate students and faculty from a variety of academic departments. The seminar provides a unique environment, particularly important in a research university, for participants to focus intensively on the goals and practices of teaching as well as the challenges encountered by their undergraduate students as they confront the unique assumptions and conventions of disciplines across the curriculum. Through, participants engage with current research and literature on a range of issues in higher education in order to frame how they design and practice their teaching as well as assess and reflect on their students’ achievements.

The Seminar

  • Participants include graduate students and several faculty
  • 3-4 sessions per semester:  Whole group meetings are held on Friday mornings, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm with brunch; small breakout group meetings are held in between whole group meetings
  • Involves critical reading and discussion of current scholarship and research in effective pedagogy and learning as well as activities to apply these discussions to the classroom. Topics include:

o   Contemporary directions in higher education (e.g., the shift from teacher-centered to student-centered learning, online learning)

o   Research on learning in a range of disciplines from cognitive psychology to physics and history

o   Effective course design and assessment

o   Student engagement in lectures, discussions, and laboratories

o   Uses of instructional technology that promote learning

o   Writing a syllabus and a teaching statement

Applicant Information

  • Open to post-generals graduate students
  • Teaching (AI or similar) opportunity at Princeton between Fall 2014 and Fall 2015 terms (preferred)
  • Graduate students must agree to attend all sessions, tentatively scheduled for Oct. 17, Nov. 14, Dec. 12, Feb. 6, Mar. 6, Apr. 10, May 1, and May 8


  • Graduate student applicant proposals should describe the potential impact of the seminar on a course you plan to teach or assist in teaching at Princeton and the value of this experience for your professional development; the application must also include a short one-page essay describing an important teaching moment and its significance for you as a teacher.
  • Faculty proposals should describe the potential impact of the seminar on a course they plan to teach and specific issues that they would be interested in pursuing.
  • For graduate students, a letter of support from a faculty member included with the application or sent separately.


All participants will receive $1,000 from a grant from the Teagle Foundation.


*EXTENDED DEADLINE for applications is OCTOBER 7, 2014. Queries and applications should be submitted to Jeff Himpele or Sarah Schwarz in the McGraw Center for Teaching & Learning.