Graduate Student Fellowship Program (GSFP)

The CFE and the Graduate School invite applications to the Graduate Student Fellowship Program. The joint Graduate School and CFE program provides graduate students with a unique opportunity to learn about faculty development. Based on Fellows’ experiences, goals, and skills, Fellows will be assigned to work with CFE staff members from one of the CFE program areas: Teaching and Learning, Research, or Leadership. Each Fellow will assist the CFE staff member with ongoing programming as well as complete a project on faculty development. In turn, the CFE staff members will provide professional development to Fellows to help them meet their career goals.

The CFE’s Graduate Student Fellowship 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. For more information, see the GSF application.



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Future Faculty Fellowship Program

The Future Faculty Fellowship Program (FFFP) is a semester-long program that introduces graduate students to evidence-based teaching practices, helps them understand the roles and responsibilities of faculty members at different types of institutions of higher education and helps them reflect on their professional goals.

Eligible students must (a) be enrolled in a graduate program at UNCCH; (b) have a commitment to an academic career; and (c) be assigned to teach as an independent instructor (Teaching Fellow) in the upcoming academic year at UNC or have a faculty sponsor who will allow the student to design, teach, and assess at least three contact hours of class time in one of the sponsor’s courses. An “independent instructor” has complete responsibility for planning a course, developing course materials, selecting texts, conducting classes, designing and administering tests and other assessments, and grading the students. For questions about eligibility, please contact Molly Sutphen (

Admission to the FFFP is competitive; information on the application is available here. Please download it, fill it out, and email it to Trisha Bienvenu, CFE Administrative Support Specialist and Program Coordinator, following the instructions at the top of the application. Instructions for the letter of recommendation are here. As part of the FFFP, each fellow is expected to attend CFE workshops on teaching and learning, participate in a graduate student learning community, submit a teaching statement, complete an exercise on faculty roles and responsibilities in different types of universities and colleges, and deliver a final presentation. Each fellow who completes the course receives an honorarium of $450.

Important dates for Fall 2017 cohort

  • February 24                 Call for applications
  • April 13                       Applications and Letters of Recommendation due
  • May 1                          Notification of acceptance
  • August 24                    Kickoff event

Graduate Student Office Hours

Each week, Donna W. Bailey, the Graduate Student Teaching and Learning Consultant offers office hours to discuss anything related to teaching and learning.  These are drop-in times that are available to help graduate students and post-docs, although it is a good idea to let me know so that I do not have too many people show up at one time.

The office hours are in Davis Library, Research Hub, Cube 4 at the following times:

Mondays 12 noon – 2 pm
Wednesdays 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Thursday 10 am – 12 noon

Other times can be arranged if these standard times do not work for you. Virtual interaction via Skype is also available. Most often, graduate students have questions about classes they are teaching or about their job search activities. If you are not sure about an area of interest or need, plan to drop by. If I do not know the answer, I can usually find it.


CFE staff offers four workshops each semester geared toward the needs of TAs and graduate students who are Instructors of Record. Topics include:

  • Aligning learning goals, assessment and grading rubrics
  • Creating an environment for learning
  • Using formative and summative assessment
  • Writing a Teaching Statement

Go here to register.

New TA Orientation

New TAs are invited to take an online course designed to prepare them for their dual role as a teacher and a student. Course topics include:

  • Preparing for the first day of class
  • University policies governing instructor and student conduct
  • General pedagogical issues such as overcoming apathy in the classroom and grading student work
  • Challenges that international TAs face

The course is offered in July and January.



Molly Sutphen, Associate Director and Teaching
and Learning Coordinator
Phone: 919-966-4838