Mentoring Fund

As they prepare for academic careers, graduate students can benefit from conversations with experienced faculty that are uniquely focused on the practice of teaching. The McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning invites applications from faculty and graduate students to our Mentoring Fund. The fund supports the two types of mentoring activity described below: mentoring activity within a course and departmental teaching conversations.

McGraw Center directors welcome the opportunity to help you design your mentoring plan. We are also available to join your meetings as facilitators for discussions on specific issues in teaching and learning. To consult with us or invite us to one of your meetings, contact Kate Stanton, Senior Associate Director for Teaching Initiatives and Programs.

Please note: The McGraw Center Mentoring Fund is intended to foster mentoring relationships between faculty and graduate students. We cannot fund refreshments for undergraduate course assistants (UCAs) or post-doctoral instructors (post-docs), but McGraw Center directors are available to consult with and about UCAs and post-docs. 

Mentoring Activity within a Course

Faculty members can apply to the Mentoring Fund to support substantive discussions of teaching with their AIs. Topics for discussion may include:

  • Grading practices: understanding grading criteria and responding to student work
  • Crafting lesson plans
  • Student learning in the discipline
  • The art and craft of lecturing

Funding is available to help defray the cost of refreshments at these meetings; those groups meeting 5 or fewer times in a semester will receive $10/person per meeting. Groups meeting more than 5 times will receive a total of $50/person for the semester.

Deadline to apply: February 26, 2018

Apply: Mentoring Activity within a Course

Departmental Teaching Conversation

Faculty members or graduate students can apply for support for a department-wide conversation on teaching and learning. Topics may include creating a syllabus and setting goals for learning, planning classroom activities, lecturing, or designing assignments and grading criteria.

Funding is available to help defray the cost of refreshments at this mentoring activity. Funded applications for a departmental teaching conversation will receive $10 per participant.

Deadline to apply: OPEN, as long as funds are available.

Apply: Departmental Teaching Conversation