The Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) is requesting applications from graduate students interested in being a Graduate Student Fellow (GSF) for the CFE for the 2017-2018 academic year. Completed applications are due by Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Up to six, part-time GSF positions will be filled.

The CFE’s GSF Program is for graduate students interested in learning more about faculty development in one or more of the CFE’s main areas (Teaching and Learning, Research, Leadership, or Mentoring). Based on Fellows’ experiences, goals, and skills, GSFs will be assigned to work with CFE staff members to assist with ongoing programming as well as complete a project in faculty development that supports the work of the CFE.

In addition to providing valuable assistance with CFE programming, the GSF program is intended to support the personal and professional development of Fellows. The program offers Fellows opportunities to:

  • Learn about faculty development generally and, more specifically, CFE’s unique approach to it
  • Develop a deeper awareness of faculty roles in teaching, research, and leadership
  • Research faculty development literature to find evidence-based practices to share with faculty
  • Participate in CFE programs as a team member in a supportive, collegial environment
  • Shadow a CFE staff member at meetings and events
  • Contribute to CFE events by taking notes and providing feedback
  • Be part of a weekly GSF Learning Community to discuss faculty development topics and share experiences about their fellowships

Expectations: GSFs will work 10 hours per week at the Center for Faculty Excellence from August 2017-May 2018. CFE GSFs will be expected to:

  • Be physically present at the Center for their 10-hour commitment each week
  • Participate in a one-week orientation
  • Work with a CFE staff member on faculty development programs in Teaching and Learning, Research, Leadership, and/or Mentoring
  • In collaboration with a CFE staff member, develop and complete a GSF project that contributes to an aspect of faculty development at the University
  • Participate in weekly meetings with the CFE staff member assigned to you
  • Take part in a GSF Learning Community facilitated by CFE staff
  • Deliver a 10-15-minute presentation of your project to CFE staff, the Dean of the Graduate School, and other guests
  • Participate in the evaluation of the GSF Program, including pre-, mid-, and end-of-semester assessments to understand the Fellow’s experiences in the program


  • A current graduate student (Master’s, Ph.D., or in a professional graduate program) who has completed a minimum of three semesters as a graduate student
  • Ability to devote 10 hours a week onsite to support the work of the CFE
  • Demonstrated interest in faculty development and a desire to learn more about faculty development to share with others


Each GSF will receive $5,000 for each semester (Fall 2017 = $5,000 and Spring 2018 = $5,000); GSFs will be paid biweekly for no more than ten hours a week of work.

Applications Deadline:

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Application Materials:

  1. Complete the Qualtrics survey at this link:
  2. Submit a letter of support from the Chair of your department. Please request that the letter be sent as a PDF document (with your last name as the name of the document, e.g., smith.pdf) to Donna Bailey, Graduate Student Teaching and Learning Consultant, at
  3. Submit a curriculum vitae as a PDF document (with your last name as the name of the document, e.g., smith.pdf) to Donna Bailey, Graduate Student Teaching and Learning Consultant, at

Once you submit you application, if you do not receive an email confirmation within 72 hours, please contact

Finalists will be invited for a brief interview with the GSF Review Committee during the week of April 24, 2017.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I learn more about CFE?

Please visit our website: and find information about the CFE staff, mission, areas of focus in Teaching and Learning, Research, Leadership, and Mentoring, and upcoming events.

When will I be notified about whether I will be interviewed for the GSF program?

We will notify you no later than Monday, May 1, 2017.

When will the GSF program begin and end?

The GSF program will begin on August 14, 2017 and the last day will be May 11, 2018.

When will the GSF presentations be scheduled?

We will schedule the GSF presentations during May 2018.

I have had a GSF Fellowship already; may I reapply for another one?

Yes! We welcome former Fellows to apply for another GSF Fellowship.

Does the GSF program pay my tuition and health insurance?

No. As Graduate Assistants (i.e., not working as research assistants on faculty members’ research projects), GSFs are not eligible for tuition or health benefits.

I’m interested in learning more about faculty roles, but I do not have any experience in faculty development. Is the GSF Program appropriate for me?

Yes! We welcome all graduate students who have an interest in working on faculty development in the areas of Teaching and Learning, Research, Leadership, and/or Mentoring.

What are some past GSF Projects?

  • Development of an event focusing on research communication for graduate students in different disciplines (Ampson Hagan)
  • Development of a sustainable resource repository for materials that can be used in CFE programming and materials (Heather Woods, Franny Brock, Ampson Hagan)
  • Publication of a learning activity for a teaching-learning Journal (Heather Woods and Mark Collins)
  • Development of a resource list for women’s academic leadership roles (Franny Brock)

What are some other ideas for projects or activities?

We have a number of opportunities and programs for you to consider, including:

  • Working on CFE Course Design Institutes, which are three-day intensive workshops designed to introduce faculty to backward design in their teaching.
  • Developing resources on mentoring for researchers, such as how to develop mentee or mentor relationships.
  • Producing multi-media resources for faculty on topics in teaching, research, leadership, or mentoring. For example, a GSF might design and produce a short-animated piece for faculty leaders on how to give and receive feedback.
  • Helping with the evaluation of programs at CFE, in particular the impact of programs offered by CFE. If a GSF takes part in this work, he or she will learn about quantitative and qualitative methods of program evaluation.