International Teaching Fellows

The TLTC-Graduate School International Teaching Fellows (ITF) Program

Program description

The TLTC-Graduate School International Teaching Fellows (ITF) program for International Graduate Teaching Assistants (IGTAs) supports IGTAs in their professionalization as university teachers and future faculty. The yearlong program pairs novice international teachers with a senior international graduate student mentor. International Graduate Teaching Fellows regularly meet with their mentors and as a learning community to discuss undergraduate teaching and learning. International Graduate Teaching Fellows will dedicate approximately 20 hours per semester to the program. International Graduate Teaching Assistants selected to participate in the program will receive a $500 stipend and a TLTC certificate upon completion. Applicants selected to be an ITF must be teaching UMD undergraduates during the year they are an ITF.

Requirement for mentees:

Peer meetings: Each semester ITFs and their mentors will be invited to a meeting where ITF, mentors, and TLTC staff join together to discuss the program and its role in teaching and learning at the University of Maryland. These meetings serve to offer a breadth of perspectives and experiences on education that are central to the well-rounded professionalization of ITFs as well as ITF program improvements.

Click here to see the meeting schedule of 2015-2016

Class Observation: The senior mentor will observe the ITF's teaching at least twice during the academic year and provide feedback. We strong encourage that the observation include videotaping of the ITF's teaching. Video recording equipment can be borrowed from TLTC. ITF are required to observe exemplary UM teachers at least one per semester and reflect on the observation. 

Click here to get the class observation letter

Mini Teaching: Each fellow is required to demonstrate 15 minutes teaching. During the mini teaching, ITA should use five minutes to explain the structure and the objective of the class, then use ten minutes to demonstrate how you plan to teach this lesson. Mini teaching can be considered as a one of the most effective ways to improve ITFs teaching because it can demonstrate their strength or weakness of teaching in a very short time

Click here to get the template of mini teaching lesson plan plus a mini teaching evaluation and reflection form

Midterm Evaluation: ITFs are encouraged to conduct two times midterm evaluations during the school year. Mid-semester evaluations are a useful tool for gathering feedback from students while there is time left in the semester to fine-tune ITFs’ teaching.

Click here to get the midterm evaluation sample questions

Teaching Philosophy: The ITF participants will produce a teaching philosophy, where they outline their main teaching goals and addresses how these are met in their classroom. The teaching philosophy builds on the conversations with mentors and CTE staff as well as practical classroom experience.

Click here to get a sample teaching philosophy

Upon successful completion, ITFs will receive documentation from TLTC of ITFs participation in the program in addition to the stipend. 

Requirement for mentors:

  • Attend mentees’ mini teachings
  • Comment on mentees’ posts on the ITF program website
  • Observe twice and provide feedback on mentees’ class
  • Facilitate the development of mentees’ teaching philosophies

Click here to apply to be a mentor

Eligibility and Nomination Process

The TLTC-Graduate School International Teaching Fellow (ITF) Program is an honorific program and ITFs are nominated by graduate directors or other appropriate faculty in their department. To be eligible, the international graduate student must be involved in undergraduate instruction, e.g., be a TA during the academic year in which they participate in the program. This program is directed at meeting the needs of international teaching assistants who would benefit from additional support in adjusting to teaching at UMD. It is specifically tailored for promising international graduate students who are developing their teaching skills or are encountering teaching challenges related to cultural issues. Being nominated for the fellowship recognizes the potential of the international teaching assistant to make significant contributions to undergraduate education; it is not meant to recognize or reward international graduate teaching assistant who are already exemplary teachers. To nominate a student, we ask for a letter of nomination (no more than two pages) that articulates how participation in the program will benefit the student and help address the student's current teaching challenges and/or their potential for becoming an exemplary teacher. A faculty panel will select up to eight ITFs from the pool of nominees and invite them to be ITFs. Nominations are solicited at the start of the academic year.