About the ITF Program

Launched in Spring 2014, the Integral Teaching Fellowship (ITF) Program is a unique opportunity for CIIS graduate students who are interested in exploring teaching at the college level. With an emphasis on critical pedagogy, integral education, and liberatory teaching methods, the program aims to prepare graduate students to teach in the college classroom using innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

The program will select fellows for the spring 2018 semester to engage in a semester-long teaching fellowship. By participating in an intensive workshop on Integral Teaching, shadowing faculty mentors in the Bachelor's Degree Completion Program, engaging in on-going reflection groups, and implementing various projects, fellows will deepen their theoretical understanding of integral education while developing practical skills that can be used in their future classrooms. Upon successful completion of the program, fellows will receive a $1000 stipend.

Program Structure

The fellows will begin the program with a two-day intensive workshop, Introduction to Integral Teaching, in which they engage the foundation of integral, critical, collaborative and transformative pedagogies. While the emphasis will be on critical pedagogies, fellows will also be oriented towards the field of higher education and will learn practical skills, such as facilitation, lesson planning, and course design as well. The workshop will be co-facilitated by Alec MacLeod and Sara Salazar, faculty members in the School of Undergraduate Studies (SUS) who are leading the ITF Program.

Fellows will then be matched with seasoned SUS faculty mentors to shadow part of an undergraduate program's core curriculum cohort. Fellows will be included in faculty planning meetings and engage with the class as appropriate, with the intention of learning by being in the classroom. After each experience in the classroom, fellows will meet with fellowship program faculty, Alec MacLeod and Sara Salazar, to participate in an ongoing reflection group. In these sessions, fellows will reflect on their experiences in the undergraduate classroom and engage in pedagogical discussions and learning. Culminating projects at the end of the semester will give fellows the opportunity to develop practical skills, reflect on what they've learned, and articulate their own teaching philosophies. Fellows will be supported in developing and implementing a teaching demonstration and designing a sample syllabus accompanied by a syllabus justification.

In May 2018, the School of Undergraduate Studies will host a Semester-End Gathering on Integral Education, in which fellows will share their experiences with the larger CIIS community.

Mentoring Faculty

The ITF is led by SUS faculty members Alec MacLeod and Sara Salazar. Alec is a core faculty member and was the founding director of the undergraduate program at CIIS. He has close to thirty years of experience working in the classroom with traditionally underserved populations and has published in the field of multicultural education. Sara, a graduate of CIIS and full-time faculty member in the BAC, is an educator and community activist who has extensive experience working with students of all ages.


The application packet is linked below. Applicants are strongly encouraged to learn more about the Bachelor's Degree Completion Program before applying. Applications are due on October 1, 2019.
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