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Applying for the CUTF Program

The CUTF Application

Each winter quarter graduate students who will advance to candidacy by the beginning of the fall quarter of the academic year in which they are planning to teach, but have not yet graduated, are invited to submit a proposal to the CUTF faculty advisory committee to develop and teach their own course. Departments are asked to endorse their graduate student applicants and to provide a faculty advisor who will mentor the fellow's seminar development in the department.

Prospective applicants are advised to consult with their home department regarding the departmental due date allowing sufficient time for applying and ranking.

Copies of each proposal are reviewed by the CUTF Faculty Advisory Committee, and approximately 16 fellows are selected in the spring quarter.

The CUTF offers unique opportunities to both graduate and undergraduate students alike.  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 Dr. Kumiko Haas from the Office of Instructional Development and Dr. Christopher Mott from the English department.  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 provides an invaluable experience for the soon-to-be university instructor.

Fellows then teach their own seminars in either the winter or the spring. Fellows are paid a stipend and receive fee remission and insurance in the quarter in which they teach. 

Fellows are encouraged to read past successful syllabi, contact previous CUTF Fellows in their department (if any) and discuss the process with them. After doing so, if assistance is still needed CUTF offers consultation on the application process, as well as proposal suitability.

Criteria for CUTF Selection

Teaching fellows must have advanced to candidacy by the beginning of the fall quarter of the academic year in which they are planning to teach, but not yet graduated. Proposals are selected based on, amongst other factors, intellectual content, originality, and likely student interest. They should be suitable for a seminar format and not duplicate the standard curriculum. Proposed courses should not be survey courses or introductory courses of the topic, regardless of whether such a course is offered in the department.

The Committee also attempts to ensure balance in its selection across departments and across topics. For departments with multiple submissions, department chairs are asked to suggest a ranking, and it is unlikely that more than two proposals would ever be selected from any one department in any one academic year.

The opportunity to participate in the CUTF program is available to advanced graduate students in all divisions of the College and across the professional schools, with special consideration being given to programs whose graduate students do not normally have the opportunity to teach their own courses. The Committee's criteria for reviewing course proposals also suggest that the seminar be relevant to the graduate student's career plans and provide a link to the subject area of their dissertation research. Departments without doctoral programs may submit proposals and MFA students may apply in the last year of their programs.

Guidelines and application forms to apply for the CUTF program:


Examples of past successful syllabi: (These syllabi were submitted for application and the fellows had the opportunity to modify their syllabi in the pedagogy seminar).

   • Mobile Technologies: Participation and Surveillance 2010
   • Psychology 98Ta: The Psychology of Race and Gender in Sport
   • Psychology 98Tb: Why We Remember and Why We Forget: Educational 
     Applications of Memory Research
WAC 98T: Site Specific Performance and the Politics of Place
   • Women’s Studies 98T: Ethical Consumerism in the United States
   • Comparative Responses to AIDS in Africa


For more information and resources regarding the CUTF Program click HERE.


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