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Senior Teaching Fellowships

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The Senior Teaching Fellowship provides support for those students who have already completed a teaching fellowship in the department. Students who have completed a Graduate Teaching Assistantship assignment in which the level of teaching responsibility was sufficient to demonstrate the exemplary nature of the student's teaching ability may also apply.

The application for a Senior Teaching Fellowship must include evidence of teaching effectiveness. Evidence can be provided through the submission of the current teaching evaluation instrument approved by the Arts and Sciences Council (SEEQ). However, recognizing that SEEQs are an imperfect instrument, students may opt instead to submit department evaluations of their service as Graduate Teaching Assistants and/or Teaching Fellows, if available. Departments are encouraged to complete these evaluations for each student at the end of each semester. For updated stipend rates, please see Stipends and Scholarships.

Award Information
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Senior Teaching Fellowship provides an academic year stipend and tuition scholarship. For programs based on 12-month financial aid packages, a 12-month stipend is provided. For updated stipend rates, please see Stipends and Scholarships. Responsibilities of Senior Teaching Fellows include teaching two courses per year at Fordham College under faculty supervision.

Eligibility
Doctoral students in good standing with satisfactory academic progress according to the guidelines established by the graduate school are eligible for this award. A student may apply for only one of the three academic-year financial aid awards for advanced students (Research Assistantship, Senior Teaching Fellowship, or Alumni Dissertation Fellowship). A student may apply for a Summer Fellowship. 

Application Materials
The application will be available after December 1, 2017.  To apply, log on to your my.fordham portal to apply for the Senior Teaching Fellowship. 

The following files should be uploaded as one PDF (preferred) or one WORD document.  The file name should begin with the student's last name_first name_Dept_Fellowship name - (e.g., Doe_Jane_HIST_RF).

  1. Statement of Teaching Philosophy (Recommended: 2-3 pages)
  2. SEEQ scores for each course taught or a copy of your department's evaluation of your service as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and/or a Teaching Fellow
  3. Curriculum Vitae

A Teaching Mentor’s Recommendation Report is also required. This report should incorporate information obtained through observation of the applicant’s teaching. The student should arrange for the mentor to submit the report electronically to the Department or Program by the deadline (see above).

Departments
Each department may nominate up to 3 students for the Senior Teaching Fellowship. To nominate students, the Department Chair or Program Director should prepare a memo ranking the nominees and describing why they deserve to earn this award. Nominations are limited to 100 words per nominee or 350 words total. If no ranking is indicated, the student whose name appears first will be considered to be rated as the top candidate.

Review and Selection Process
Applications will first be submitted to the student’s department. Committees within each department will discuss and rank the applications. The members of the Distinguished Fellowships Committee (DFC) will read all applications and the DFC will make its recommendations to the Dean. Applicants will receive notification approving or denying their applications by April 1.