Community College Teaching Fellowships
Community College Teaching Fellowship and COVID-19
Princeton University/Community College Teaching Partnership Program
The Princeton/Community College Teaching Partnership program enables Princeton University graduate students to teach courses at Mercer County Community College, Rowan College South Jersey or Camden County College. This program provides a valuable, mentored experience by a tenured community college faculty member, and helps Princeton graduate students to develop as teachers, providing them the opportunity to design and teach a course.
The Fellowship is spread across two semesters: typically across the Spring and Fall of the same calendar year. During the mentored semester (typically conducted in the Spring Semester), Princeton Ph.D. candidates shadow and learn from a tenured community college faculty member. Fellows sit in on lectures and classes, attend faculty meetings, and are given in many ways a behind-the-scenes view of the life of a professor at a community college. Many Fellows also guest lecture or present during this mentored semester, and they also spend time learning about the student populations in community colleges, as well as the range of resources that are available to them. This information and experience is put to use in the second semester of the program (typically in the Fall) when Fellows have the opportunity to teach a course as the sole instructor of record at a community college.
This professional development opportunity is particularly rich for graduate students because it encourages them to develop effective teaching skills in a highly diverse community college. These skills have been proven to benefit all students, regardless of their career trajectory.
A cohort of roughly eight Ph.D. students (who must be enrolled, and must have completed the general examination in their field) are selected to participate in the program each year. International graduate students must contact the Davis International Center to obtain work authorization prior to beginning their teaching. Applications are solicited each fall from across Princeton University by the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School, in concert with the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning.
Hear from Former Fellows:
The Community College Teaching Fellowship has been an extraordinary experience. I've gained so much insight not only into teaching in general, but also specifically into what it's like to teach at a 2-year college--something I would never have encountered if not for this program. It's made me a much better instructor.
The Community College Teaching Fellowship has given me the opportunity to observe students and educators outside the confines of elite institutions of higher learning, to learn from their expertise, and to gain experience teaching to a broad group of students… I'm now excited about learning to teach better online, especially since, done right, it has great potential to democratize higher education.