Preparing Future Faculty


Associates in Teaching

The information below applies to the Spring 2014 application process.
Spring 2015 information will be posted soon. 
(December 12, 2014)

Eligibility, Expectations, and How to Apply

The competitive Associates in Teaching (AT) program, offered under the aegis of Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, allows advanced Ph.D. students to expand their range of teaching experiences and responsibilities.  During the application process, they work with a cooperating faculty member to conceptualize or redesign and plan out an undergraduate course. If selected, the graduate student then works together with the faculty member to jointly deliver the proposed course.  Experience shows that this program, begun in 2009, provides a dynamic cooperative teaching experience for graduate students and faculty members both, with the faculty member offering direct feedback on curriculum, leading discussions, lecturing, demonstrating, or whatever teaching practices enlisted in that course.

Ten courses were selected for the 2014-2015 academic year:

  1. AMST, Laura Wexler & Lauren Tilton, “Introduction to Digital Humanities”
  2. ENGL, David Kastan & Carla Baricz, “Marlowe, Shakespeare, Jonson” (deferred to 2015-2016)
  3. HIST Jennifer Van Vleck & Taylor Jardno, “America’s Backyard? The Cultural History of U.S.-Latin American Relations”
  4. HIST Joseph Manning & François Gerardin, “Ancient Empires”
  5. HIST, Peter Perdue & CJ Huang, “Twentieth-Century China in the World”
  6. HSAR, Timothy Barringer & Julia Lum, “Art and the British Empire”
  7. HSAR, Edward Cooke & Sylvia Houghteling, “Arts of the Global Maritime Trade, 1500-1800” (cancelled)
  8. NSCI, Ralph Dileone & Robert Wickham, “Nutrition and the Brain”
  9. PHIL, Keith DeRose & Julianne Chung, “Faith and Reason”
  10. PHYS, Simon Mochrie & Eric Holland, “University Physics for the Life Sciences”

Tips for Associates in Teaching Co-Teachers

An article and a video about the Associates in Teaching program

The Associates in Teaching program was featured in the April 2014 edition of the GSAS News, under the title “Yale Launches New Collaborative Teaching Initiatives.”  The article spotlighted three AT co-teaching pairs: Assistant Professor of Psychology June Gruber and Psychology graduate student Hillary Devlin (“Human Emotion”); Professor of Music Patrick McCreeless and Music graduate student Jonathan Guez (“Schubert’s Lieder and Sonata Forms”); and Professor of Film Studies and Film Studies graduate student Anne Berk (“Contemporary Documentary Film and Video”).   

Guez said of the AT experience, “Working in close contact with a professor helped to hone my teaching skills. I learned so much from him, both in his office, before and after classes, and in the classroom itself.” The seminar met “with a handful of dedicated and talented music majors at the height of their game, all of whom were interested in the subject. What an experience!”

The “Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Associates in Teaching Program” is a video featuring Julia Adams, Elizabeth Breese, and David Odo. Julia Adams is a Professor of Sociology, the Director of the Center for Comparative Research and the Director of the Division of Social Sciences; Elizabeth is an Associate Professor of Sociology; and David Odo is the Bradley Assistant Curator of Academic Affairs in the Yale University Art Gallery. 

Academic Job Search Series 

Join us for our annual series of workshops and panel discussions designed to help postdoctoral fellows and Ph.D. candidates interested in an academic career.  This series is run in collaboration with the Office of Career Strategy, Postdoctoral Career Services, and Yale University Postdoctoral Affairs. 

All events run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and are held in HGS 119 (Hall of Graduate Studies, 320 York Street)

  • Workshop descriptions are available here.
  • Video recordings of 2014 workshops are available here.
Workshop Titles
  1. Welcome Talk: Understanding the Academic Job Search | Thursday, September 4 | Jennifer Furlong
  2. The Teaching Portfolio I: How to Write a Teaching Statement | Tuesday, September 9 | Risa Sodi
    1. click here for Risa Sodi’s slides
    2. click here for a video recording on this workshop
    3. click here for a sample teaching portfolio
    4. click here for sample teaching statements
  3. Academic Job Search & Preparing the Cover Letter in the Humanities | Tuesday, September 16 | Kathryn Lofton
  4. Academic Job Search & Preparing the Research Statement in the Sciences | Monday, September 22 | Tony Koleske
  5. The Teaching Portfolio II: Evidence of Teaching Ability, Evaluations, and Sample Syllabi | Tuesday, September 22 | Risa Sodi
  6. The Basics of Preparing an Academic CV | Wednesday, September 24 | Lorna MacEachern
  7. The Job Talk and the Interview Class | Tuesday, September 30 | Jennifer Frederick
  8. Academic Interviewing in the Humanities | Tuesday, October 7 | Carlos Eire (History), R. Tripp Evans (History of Art), and TBA
  9. Academic Interviewing: The Job Talk in the Sciences | Tuesday, October 14 | Kathryn Miller-Jensen (Biomedical Engineering), Anjelica Gonzalez (Biomedical Engineering), Joan Steitz (Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry), and Melissa J. Marcucci (Biology)
  10. Women in Academia | Tuesday, October 21 | Valerie Horsley (Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology), Shirin Bahmanyar (Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology), and TBA
  11. Working with Your Mentor to Achieve Your Career Goals | Wednesday, October 22 | Gregory Huber (Political Science), Dan Prober (Applied Physics), and TBA
  12. New Faculty Panel | Tuesday, October 28 | Benjamin Glaser (English), Jesse Rinehart (Cellular and Molecular Physiology), Joshua Gendron (Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology), and TBA

For more information, please contact

Training Lab for Scientists

This series is designed to help postdoctoral fellows and graduate students and in the sciences find postdoctoral positions and/or prepare for an academic job search. Each session features outside speakers or Yale faculty members, who address topics such as how to find a postdoctoral position, what it is like to be a new faculty member, how to prepare application materials, and what selection committee members really look for. This series is offered in late May or early June.

Preparing Future Science Faculty Series

[This series in on hiatus in 2014-2015]

This series provides guidance similar to the Academic Job Search series, and includes sessions that will help the new assistant professor succeed in the first year of teaching and research. 

1. Preparing Future Science Faculty Series (I): Teaching Your Own Course

Participants in this workshop series gain valuable tools for getting started as science teachers. Topics include course and syllabus design, presentation skills, writing a lecture, promoting active learning, incorporating science information literacy in the classroom, and the effective use of writing and other assignments. This series is offered in the spring and alternates between Science Hill and the Medical School area.

2. Preparing Future Science Faculty Series (II): The Classroom and Beyond

This workshop series addresses the skills and strategies that science graduate students and postdoctoral fellows will find helpful and they prepare for an academic job. This series is offered every two to three years and features guest speakers from the Yale faculty. Junior professors share their perspectives on what it is like to get started, and senior professors offer advice about teaching non-majors, engaging students in any course, and developing the leadership skills to manage and mentor your own lab group. The final session provides practical advice on writing a teaching statement, making the most of your teaching experience, and talking about teaching in an interview.

Online Resume Review Service

The Graduate Career Service, part of the Office of Career Strategy, announces a resume review services.  Have your resume or cover letter reviewed online with a 5 business day turn around.  To utilize the resume service, send your resume in PDF format to resume review.  If you need a quicker review please bring your documents to walk-in hours.  Please use the resume web resources and update your resume before submitting it for review.  Also please indicate in the subject line that you are a graduate student.