The CUTF Application
Each Winter quarter, graduate students who will advance to candidacy by the following Fall may submit an application to their home department to develop and teach their own lower-division 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. Graduate students cannot have received their Ph.D. prior to the academic year in which they will teach.
The nominations must come from the department, and each department may nominate up to three graduate students. 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 19 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 remissions 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
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 and eligible for General Education credit. 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.
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 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