About the Program

  The Teaching Fellows Program was implemented in Spring 2013. The goals of the Teaching Fellows Program are to inspire SRJC students interested in teaching or a related educational career, and to provide Fellows with real-life, practical experiences to enrich their understanding of the joys and challenges of being an educator.

  Each year, approximately twelve pairs comprised of one student Fellow and one Faculty Mentor are selected to participate. Fellows and their Mentors apply to the program as a team, and each team is selected via a competitive process. Each Fellow receives a stipend that is made possible by a generous donation from a member of our community. Faculty Mentors may count their hours of participation toward their professional development or College service obligation, or toward Professional Growth Increments.

  The program is campus-wide and serves a diverse group of students who are considering a profession in education. Fellows come from many disciplines, from the Liberal Arts to the Natural Sciences, and have goals that include kindergarten teaching, high school counseling, and university professorships. Fellows represent a range of backgrounds, ages, and levels of preparation, and this diversity of backgrounds and goals has contributed to the richness of Fellows’ experiences.

  During the year-long program, each Fellow works on a project(s) designed with a faculty member in a specific discipline, to experience the world of the teaching profession and other careers in education. Fellows may gain experience with tutoring students, designing course lessons and materials, giving lectures, and evaluating student work. Regardless of the specific tasks and projects they take on, they all gain experience with and insight into meeting the educational needs of SRJC’s diverse student body.

  In addition, each year participating Faculty Mentors design and facilitate monthly cohort meetings for the Fellows. Recognizing that working in an educational institution is complex and engages the whole person, Mentors design the cohort meetings to provide an opportunity for Fellows to explore philosophical, psychological, emotional, and other aspects of teaching, counseling, and librarianship. Cohort meetings also typically address nuts-and-bolts issues of applying for jobs, interviewing, and career options. Past cohort meeting topics have included cultural diversity, the tenure process, academic freedom, active learning, the Socratic Method, and developmental psychology.

  The Teaching Fellows Program Steering Committee is comprised of faculty members representing the Academic Senate, the All Faculty Association, and former Program participants, as well as the Director of Scholarships and a dean who provides administrative support. This Steering Committee meets regularly to provide leadership, planning, and facilitation for all processes and policies related to the program.

 

Past Fellows have shared the following comments about the Program:

“I enjoyed the diversity and free exchange of ideas fostered by the activities. By being able to discuss concepts with groups from other disciplines, it added more texture my individual Teaching Fellow projects.”

 

“The opportunity to gain real classroom experience was priceless. I now know the work involved with being a professor. The grading, office hours, planning, all of it. If it wasn't for this program, I would still wonder if teaching was for me. Now I know that I love it, and have started building a toolbox of skills to make me effective.  Seeing students succeed has been thrilling. Being able to assist in the endeavor of intellectual equity has been my highest honor. Even on hard days, or when people were struggling with course content, it was an amazing experience working with them. I loved it!”

 

“The most positive and rewarding experience of the program was being able to work directly with students to help them understand concepts and answer questions. Getting to be a part of their learning experience and seeing them grow as learners in the subject throughout the semester and seeing their "aha!" moments as they grasp new concepts was so rewarding.”

 

“The Teaching Fellows Program was vastly informative and equally transformative. As a member, I learned to more confidently speak publicly, to more effectively cater to individual needs, and to appreciate the incredible volume of work that is necessary to be a successful professor. The whole program enabled my self-improvement, in these respects, and affirmed my desire to teach. For me, the goal of the program has been achieved.”

 

“Every mentor that led the meetings brought their own perspective or recommendations regarding the topic of discussion, which was very helpful in gaining a wide spectrum of insights about what teaching is and how to be a ‘good’ teacher.”