Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

McDougal Graduate Teaching Fellow


The McDougal Graduate Teaching Fellows at the Poorvu Center lead programs on effective and innovative teaching, develop teaching resources, and provide individual consultations for graduate student instructors at Yale. The Poorvu Center emphasizes teamwork as well as individual participation. This group of approximately 20 doctoral graduate students facilitates a wide array of programming, including Teaching at Yale Day, Fundamentals of Teaching Workshops, and Advanced Teaching Workshops. Graduate Fellows work within their own departments or disciplines and across disciplines. Graduate School of Arts and Science and Professional School doctoral students may apply for a term of one year. The Center often invites fellows to renew their term for an additional second year.


  • A listing of your college teaching experience, both formal and informal
  • A brief (250 words max.) self-assessment of your teaching strengths, strategies, and style
  • A representative sample of your teaching evaluations (the Center suggests your most recent evaluations)
  • A description of the teaching development activities (including Poorvu Center workshops and events) in which you have participated
  • Please identify one aspect of Teaching Fellow preparation that you feel needs attention and describe a program or resource that you might develop to address it. Your proposal may include a current program offered by the Poorvu Center that needs revision or redirection. (250 words max.)

Note: Please place all documentation into a single PDF file and include your last name, first name, email address, and phone number in the header of the file. McDougal Graduate Teaching Fellows develop new workshops and resources for peers. These initiatives often focus on a specific department, discipline, or topic. Applicants can review previous workshop descriptions online.


  • Fellows lead workshops each semester, either online or in-person
  • Fellows meet with other teaching fellows across the University in one-on-one consultations, either online or in-person
  • Fellows work 6-8 hours/week in a flexible schedule that fits with most coursework, lab, teaching, clinical, and research activities and personal lives
  • Fellows plan their schedules, in consultation with the two graduate fellow coordinators
  • Fellows work as part of a team of approximately 20 McDougal Graduate Teaching Fellows, two McDougal Graduate Teaching Fellow Coordinators, and Poorvu Center staff members

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Fellows receive training, a shared office, and a $5,000 honorarium for the academic year. Fellows may jointly hold the honorarium with most research, teaching, and dissertation fellowships at Yale and outside appointments.

The Poorvu Center accepts applications each spring. The 2021 deadline is March 26, 2021.

For more information, please contact Suzanne Young or Gina Hurley.