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. 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.


Community College Teaching Fellowship Profiles

  • John Barr, GS, CHM

    John Barr is a Ph.D. Candidate in Chemistry and a 2020 Community College Teaching Fellow at Camden County College.

  • Katherine Thorpe, GS, ENG

    "It has beenn wonderful to have another sort of “home” outside of my department on campus, and another community of people to meet and learn from—it...
  • Merle Eisenberg, *18, HIS

    "The Community College Teaching Partnership Program offers perhaps the best opportunity for graduate students at Princeton to develop their potential...
  • Shengyu Yang, GS, EAS

    • Shengyu Yang, GS, EAS
      • Community College Teaching Fellow
      • Participant, American Higher Ed GradFUTURES Learning Cohort
    As a Community College Teaching Fellow, and a American Higher cohort member "I learned how to balance my research and teaching in a safe yet...
  • Sucharita Ray, GS, HIS

    "As a staunch believer in educational equity, I am thrilled to be a Community College Teaching Fellow at Mercer County Community College."