Community College Teaching Fellowships


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. This program helps Princeton graduate students to develop as teachers, designing and delivering their own courses in their academic fields in a community college setting.

Following a mentored semester, during which Princeton Ph.D. students shadow and learn from a tenured community college faculty member, they will have the opportunity to teach a course at a participating 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. Applications will be solicited from across Princeton University by the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School, in concert with the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning.


Community College Teaching Fellowship Profiles

  • Abigail Sargent, GS, HIS

    Abigail Sargent is a Ph.D. candidate in History and a 2020 Community College Teaching Fellow at Camden County College.

  • Ben Xinzi Zhang, GS, CHM

    Ben Xinzi Zhang is a Ph.D. Candidate in Chemistry, and a 2020 Community College Teaching Fellow at Mercer County Community College.

  • Dan Berbecel, *19, Politics

    "I would recommend this program to any Princeton graduate student, and they will gain a lot by participating in it."
  • Elliot Taffet, GS Chemistry

    "This opportunity is a great way for Princeton PhD candidates to gain confidence with their ability to inspire in the classroom and navigate the...
  • Emilia Arguello, GS, Chemistry

    "I am excited to participate in this fellowship to experience the personal connections – both as a mentee and as a mentor – that only a genuine...
  • Emilie Storer, GS, PHY

    Emilie Storer is a Ph.D. Candidate in Physics, and a 2020 Community College Teaching Fellow at Mercer County Community College.

  • Ian McKeachie, GS, PHI

    Ian McKeachie is a graduate student in the Princeton philosophy department.

  • Janet Chow, GS, ENG

    "The Community College Teaching Fellowship completely changed the way I think about accessibility and pedagogy, for which I’ll always be deeply...