Preparing Future Faculty


Associates in Teaching

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 

Offered in conjunction with Graduate Career Services, the Academic Job Search Series takes postdoctoral fellows and graduate students through the entire process of applying for and landing an academic position.  Beginning with the development of a curriculum vitae and cover letter and ending with strategies for interviews and job talks, the series helps postdoctoral fellows and graduate students refine their materials and their skills. 

1. Academic Job Search

Every fall we collaborate with Graduate Career Services on the Academic Job Search Series, to help postdoctoral fellows and graduate students prepare for the academic job market. Sessions are free and do not require advance registration. The fall series is for participants in all departments, while several sessions are then repeated in the spring to provide additional opportunities to prepare for an academic interview.

Fall 2013 Schedule

When: September 4, 9, 17, 26, and 30 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Where: HGS 119

September 17, 2013“How to Show Evidence of Teaching, Teaching Statements, Evaluations, etc.”

September 26, 2013“Review of Question Types, Types of Interviews, and How to Frame Effective Responses”

NOTE: the September 26th session is two hours long

September 30, 2013“Preparing to Teaching the Interview Class and the Job Talk”

Register here

2. 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 Faculty Series

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.