What is the Integral Teaching Fellowship 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 up to six CIIS graduate students per semester (Spring 2015 and Summer 2015) to engage in a semester-long teaching fellowship.  Upon successful completion of the program, fellows will receive a $1000 stipend.

What are the opportunities and commitments for fellows in the ITF Program?

  • Participate in a three-day intensive workshop, Introduction to Integral Teaching (date TBA), to lay a theoretical and practical foundation for our inquiry into teaching and learning.
  • Shadow SUS faculty mentors during a specified part of each cohort weekend (a total of six weekends) during Spring 2015 or Summer 2015.
  • Participate in an on-going reflection group after each cohort weekend (a total of six meetings).
  • Write a reflective essay, including a teaching philosophy and a consideration of diversity in the classroom and in the curriculum.
  • Design a syllabus and write an accompanying syllabus justification.
  • Implement a teaching demonstration.
  • Participate in the year-end public CIIS and community-wide gathering (August 2015).

Who are the Fellowship Faculty?

The ITF Program 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. Isabel is a writer and educator who has extensive experience working with students of all ages. A SUS faculty member since 2010, Isabel also taught at Berkeley City College and in public elementary schools, worked at the Writing Center at Mills College, and was a youth educator at social justice non-profits.

Who is eligible to apply?

During spring 2015, applicants must be 1) currently-enrolled CIIS graduate students in their graduate degree program and 2) in their second year of graduate studies or beyond.

What is the application process?

Application materials will be available by late May 2014, with an application deadline of September 1, 2014. The program will select graduate students who demonstrate an enthusiasm for education, possess a desire to teach at the college level and are willing to make a full commitment to the fellowship program. The application will require an essay and two references. Select applicants will be asked for an interview. Notification of application status will be on November 15, 2014.

How can I apply?

Applications will be available by late May 2014 online at MyCIIS (my.ciis.edu). You will need to login, click on the Academics tab, then click on Undergraduate Studies. Paper applications will also be available on the bulletin board outside of room 555. 

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