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The Collegium of University Teaching Fellows (CUTF) offers outstanding graduate students the opportunity to teach undergraduate, general education seminars on topics related to their dissertation research.  Since its inception in 1994 as an experimental program sponsored by the Faculty Committee on Instructional Improvement Programs, the CUTF has funded 13-15 undergraduate seminars each year.  The popularity of the program has enhanced the competitiveness of the selection process and thus the prestige of having a seminar selected.  It has become increasingly difficult to choose from among the approximately 35 departmentally pre-screened proposals submitted to the Faculty Advisory Committee each year.  Applications are welcome from students in all UCLA graduate programs.  The only requirement is that students be advanced to candidacy before the start of the fall quarter in the year that they teach.

The CUTF offers unique opportunities to both graduate and undergraduate students.  Graduate instructors may offer courses on topics close to their research interests and assume the class management responsibilities that are commensurate with those that they will face as new assistant professors.  Moreover, the CUTF prepares them for their classes through a required training seminar taught by Professor Peter Kollock from UCLA’s Department of Sociology and the Office of Instructional Development’s Associate Director, Dr. Kumiko Haas. This seminar, given in the Fall quarter preceding the undergraduate offerings, brings fellows together as teaching colleagues to discuss syllabus preparation and classroom strategies.  The combination of the training and the undergraduate seminars provide an invaluable experience for the soon-to-be university instructor.

The CUTF offers undergraduates stimulating and interesting seminars that significantly broaden the range of topics students may explore in satisfying their general education requirements.  Also, the students are exposed to young graduate researchers as teachers who can communicate the excitement and the challenges of intellectual exploration.  Student evaluations of the seminars have been consistently high, and the courses continue to be fully subscribed.
Some of the most gratifying responses from former fellows have expressed the importance of their Collegium experience both in their job searches and their first years of university teaching.  The collective hope of the CUTF Advisory Committee is that soon a larger number of well-qualified graduate students will be able to benefit from the program and thus add an even greater variety of graduate-taught seminars to the general education curriculum.

Professor Kathleen L. Komar

Chair, Faculty Advisory Committee
Collegium of University Teaching Fellows
Department of Comparative Literature

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