Become a GIFT Mentor

If you are teaching a course in the fall or spring and would like to volunteer as a mentor for a GIFT teaching fellow, please call or e-mail Kim Ellwood 617.627.3106, kim.ellwood@tufts.edu, and indicate your department and course taught. Your name will then be listed on this website for potential graduate teaching fellows to see.

Faculty mentors must submit department and course information by Thursday, February 25, 2016 to mentor a GIFT teaching fellow in fall 2016 or spring 2017.

Faculty mentors paired with graduate students must submit a joint applicaiton to the GIFT program by Monday, March 14, 2016.

Benefits for Faculty Mentors

  • Mentors co-teach a course with one GIFT fellow during the fall or spring semester.
  • Team teaching provides a dynamic and stimulating exchange of ideas which can enhance your course and diversify your repertoire of teaching strategies.
  • Participate in Institute events - Faculty mentors are welcome at GIFT special events.
  • Performance reviews - Your commitment as a faculty mentor may be noted as a service activity to the university.

Expectations for Faculty Mentors

  • Co-teaching - Mentor the Teaching Fellow (TF) in key aspects of teaching the course. The role of the TF is different from that of a TA; the TF plays an active role in designing and delivering at least two teaching sessions.
  • Collaborate with the TF in preparing and teaching at least two sessions and possibly involve the TF in the assessment of these sessions. The mentor will attend the sessions led by the TF.
  • Feedback - Mentors are expected to provide TFs with feedback on their performance.
  • Final Assessment - Mentors are expected to provide the TF with a written assessment of their performance. A copy of the assessment should be sent to the GIFT Institute Director, Sinaia Nathanson.
  • Mentors should attend an orientation meeting hosted by the graduate dean at the end of the spring semester to familiarize themselves with GIFT and its goals.
  • Mentors should meet with their TF at least once before the beginning of the course.