The Teaching Fellow Program (TFP) provides the principal framework at Yale in which graduate students learn, under faculty guidance, to become effective teachers and to evaluate student work. Such learning is integral to the preparation of graduate students for professional lives of teaching and scholarship. In order to obtain the greatest benefit from this training, teaching fellows are urged to participate in the programs offered by the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning designed to prepare them for the variety and complexity of classroom environments that they will encounter.
Throughout the year, the TFP office works directly with graduate students to answer questions about teaching fellowships and match interested students to teaching opportunities in departments and programs other than their own. Teaching fellows who have questions about any aspect of their appointments at any time during the semester are encouraged to contact the director of the TFP office or their associate dean. Decisions regarding the program are made in close collaboration with the Deans of the Graduate School and Yale College, as well as with the Chairs, Directors of Graduate Studies (DGSs), and Directors of Undergraduate Studies (DUSs) of the arts and sciences academic departments and programs.