GIFT - For Graduate Students

Expectations for Teaching Fellows

  • Time commitment - Teaching Fellows (TF) will be expected to commit themselves to and participate in all Phase I GIFT workshop days during the summer.
  • Meetings with faculty mentors. Once the summer workshops have been completed, the TFs will meet regularly with their faculty mentor to prepare for co-teaching the mentor's fall or spring course.
  • Co-teaching - TFs will have shared responsibility, with their faculty mentor, for many aspects of the course. For instance, they may play an active role in designing the syllabus, reviewing the reading list and the course content. TFs are expected to teach at least two sessions during the course.
  • Differentiation between TF & TA - TFs are not expected to serve in the capacity of TAs. However in some cases TFs are hired by departments to also serve as a paid TA for the same course. That arrangement is separate from the Teaching Fellowship through GIFT.

Benefits of GIFT Teaching Fellowship 

  • Co-teaching opportunity - Teaching Fellows (TF) will be given the opportunity to co-teach a Tufts course during the fall or spring semesters under the mentorship and supervision of a Tufts faculty member.
  • Opportunity to interact with graduate students and post docs from other disciplines who share an interest and commitment to teaching.
  • Prepare for future employment by increasing both teaching and communication skills through peer-reviewed practice in a supportive learning environment.
  • Facilitation for developing a teaching statement.
  • Tuition and Stipend - Tufts doctoral students will receive a tuition scholarship to enroll in the Institute. Arts, Sciences, and Engineering GIFT fellows will also be paid a taxable stipend for their teaching responsibilities. If the TF is unable to fulfill her/his teaching commitment in the fall or spring, she/he will be expected to forfeit the second portion of the stipend, unless other teaching arrangements are made.