CPS Teaching Fellowship Program

CPS Teaching Fellowship Program (TFP)

To allow PhD graduate students to develop their teaching skills and a teaching portforlio, the Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences (CPS) provides this annual fellowship up to 5 successful applicants to work on original and innovative lectures, tutorials, or new laboratory exercises in undergraduate courses. 

Student Eligibility

This fellowship is open to all PhD students who excel in research and have an interest in developing instructional skills for their future careers as academics.  All applicants must be affiliated at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) and are supervised by a CPS faculty member.

To be appropriately identified in ROSI as 'UTM affiliated', students need to complete and submit the hard copy of SGS Affiliation Form to the front desk of UTM Office of the Dean. Make sure to submit a copy to Jessica Bailey, CPS Financial and Administrative Coordinator.

Grant Purpose & Timing

This fellowship is provided to encourage training and scholarship in the pedagogical aspects of a discipline as a part of graduate programs. The successful applicants will work with a faculty member who will mentor them with the objective to provide a high quality learning experience in developing pedagogical tools that will benefit both the graduate student in their future career and enhance the quality of the instruction currently in the department.

Possible outcomes of this faculty-student collaboration include presentations in the education division of disciplinary conferences and publication in science education journals, e.g. Journal of Chemical Education, Journal of Geoscience Education, Journal of Science Education and Technology, etc.

The Fellowship can be held in any term - fall, spring or summer. Successful applicants will be expected to contribute about 45-55 hours of effort, for which they will be awarded $2,000 fellowship. Each successful participant in the TFP will also receive a certificate of completion and a notation on their permanent, academic co-curricular record. 

Application Process & Deadlines

Applicants are to develop a proposal that clearly enunciates the pedagogical activity that will be developed in the TFP. Interested students should approach a faculty member to discuss potential activities and together prepare the proposal. 

Proposals should include the following information:

  1. the course on which the project will focus,
  2. a description of the educational materials to be developed,
  3. an explanation of the perceived value to the course of the materials to be developed,
  4. a proposal of how and when the materials would be implemented in the course, and
  5. a plan for assessing the value of the materials to the course.

Proposals should be no more than five pages (1.5 line spacing, 12 point font, 1 inch margins) including any figures, tables, diagrams, structures, and references. 

Please submit below to the attention of TFP Adjudication Committee at cps.utm@utoronto.ca by October 22, 2018:

  1. CPS Teaching Fellowship Program application
  2. Proposal 
  3. CV
  4. any other supporting material to enhance the overall persuasiveness of the proposal