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Former Pedagogical Fellows say...

Since participating in the PF Program, my students and colleagues have noticed a dramatic improvement in teaching skills. The PF Program also improved my CV, helping me to secure an academic position.

Nick Petersen Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Miami

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Graduate students who are interested in advanced pedagogy and mentoring other graduate students can apply each year for the Pedagogical Fellows (PF) Program.

The PF Program is a highly regarded "preparing future faculty" program; selection is competitive, based on a record of excellent teaching, promising scholarship, and service to the University, department, and the disciplines' professional community. The PF Program provides advanced pedagogical and professional development in an interdisciplinary community that emphasizes professional and personal support. In addition, Fellows receive personalized assistance with preparing for the academic job market.

Additionally, the Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation is excited to announce an increased stipend for Fellows. PFs will now receive a stipend of $2500.

Current and former Fellows have done well on the academic and other professional job markets, have been honored for their teaching, and have received a number of competitive fellowships and awards. Furthermore, our Program strives to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in our graduate student community through the following: creating inclusive learning environments for PFs, equipping PFs with inclusive teaching tools for carrying out our university-wide Teaching Assistant Professional Development Program (TAPDP), and instructing PFs to provide incoming Teaching Assistants with inclusive teaching strategies for use in their own classrooms.

Click here to see where some of our previous Pedagogical Fellows have accepted industry and academic positions.

For a list of current Fellows, please click here.

To see the catalog of past PF cohorts, please click here.

Goals of the PF Program:

By the end of their year in the PF program, Pedagogical Fellows will be able to:

  1. Develop and refine advanced pedagogical skills for use in higher education.
  2. Create and implement a discipline-specific TA Professional Development Program (TAPDP) for new graduate student TAs.
  3. Foster an interdisciplinary community of graduate students focused on improving pedagogical practices.
  4. Prepare competitive application materials for the academic job market.

Criteria for Selection:

To be eligible to apply for the PF Program, applicants must complete at least one (1) of the following:

Note: You can be concurrently enrolled in any of the courses below in the Fall and still be eligible to apply. If you are doing the self-paced Certificate in Teaching Excellence Program (CTEP) option, you must complete all modules except for the teaching observations before applying. However, we strongly encourage partially completing the teaching module (i.e., having your teaching observed by one peer and observing one peer) before applying.

You can be even more competitive if you become a Pedagogical Liaison. Liaisons' applications are fast-tracked to the interview stage, which  is the final stage of the application process. For information on becoming a Pedagogical Liaison, please click here.

As mentors to other TAs within the Fellow’s department and School, the ideal applicant will have…

  • taught a range of courses within the department over an extended period of time
  • excellent teaching evaluations, with indications of steady improvement over time
  • a clear, exemplified, and well-written cover letter
  • an up-to-date CV, using accepted formatting
  • strong letters of recommendation from supervising UCI faculty who demonstrate the candidate’s credibility as a future researcher, excellent instructor, and mentor to others
  • evidence of service
  • evidence of continuing professional development as instructors
  • genuine interest in learning more about pedagogy

Additional Information:

Question: What if I am not able to enroll in 390X this quarter?

Answer: Instead of taking 390X, you can enroll in the online Certificate in Teaching Excellence Program. To meet the prerequisite requirements for the Pedagogical Fellows program, you need to complete all of the modules (except for the peer teaching observations) before applying. Completing the six modules (How People Learn, Active Learning, Inclusive Teaching, Collaborative Learning, Instructional Technology, Assessment, and Course/Lesson Design) generally requires watching and responding to a short lecture video and then writing a 1 -2 page reflection after reading an article pertaining to the module topic. The Program can be completed at your own pace, so it should be manageable to complete these modules before the application deadline. We recommend that you look through the Course Equivalency table at the bottom of this page, as you may be able to waive certain module requirements based on your participation in other programs and courses.

Applicants need to know that being a Fellow requires a year-long commitment, from January through December starting in the Winter quarter and ending in the Fall quarter.  Throughout the appointment, Fellows participate in the following courses and activities:

Winter Quarter: University Studies 390A
Fellows read both general and discipline-specific pedagogical theory, observe and implement evidence-based teaching practices, and build community with their co-Fellows.

Spring Quarter: University Studies 390B
Using many of the principles and skills acquired in 390A, Fellows apply them to the design of a TA Professional Development Program for new TAs in their discipline.

Summer: Pre-Service
Over the course of a couple long days, Fellows present selected TA Professional Development Program workshops to one another and receive feedback in preparation for conducting the fall training.

Welcome Week/Fall
Fellows implement their TA Professional Development Program (orientation for new TAs in their discipline).

Fall Quarter: University Studies 390C
This course focuses on academic job preparation and special topics chosen by PFs. PFs also serve as the search and interview committees for the next round of PF applicants.


Apply now to be a 2022 Pedagogical Fellow

Deadline: October 22, 2021 by 6:00PM Pacific Time 

*Note* We strongly recommend that you begin this application early to ensure that you gather all the necessary materials and request the letter of recommendation before the deadline. Late submissions will not be accepted.

To aid applicants in creating their application materials and to provide transparency in our selection process, please review our rubric for evaluating applications here. In order for your application to be complete, your Faculty Advisor must submit a letter of recommendation before the application deadline. Letters of recommendation may be submitted here. (You may optionally ask one additional professor to submit a letter of recommendation, if you have served as Teaching Assistant for them or if they have observed your teaching.)


If you have any questions, please email the Program Coordinator, Mayank Verma at .