Teaching Program for Doctoral Students


2014-2015 Application Information

The Office of Academic Affairs and the Center for Teaching and Learning collaborates with several Ph.D. programs to offer a Teaching Program for Doctoral Students (TPDS.) The purpose of TPDS program is to introduce doctoral students to the teaching practices used in higher education instruction and to help prepare them to pursue careers in college-level teaching.

If you are a successful applicant, you must agree to the following conditions:

  1. Attend six 3-hour, Friday afternoon spring seminars offered by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) on teaching methods, instructional design, and assessment, as well as complete all seminar assignments.
  2. Teach a summer course approved by your doctoral program coordinator and the course’s department chair. Your teaching will be observed by a faculty member affiliated with CTL and includes individual conferences.
  3. Complete a teaching journal and final report reflecting on your experience.


The following deadlines apply to the program:

  • October 20, 2014: Application deadline. You must email your scanned application (see attached.)
  • October 30, 2014: You will be notified if you have been accepted into the program.
  • Jan 16- Feb 20, 2015: You will attend seminar sessions at CTL.
  • Spring term 2015: You will work with your course’s home department to complete an electronic Graduate Assistant (eGA) form and with HR to complete paperwork.  . - See more at: http://teaching.uncc.edu/services-we-provide/doctoral-students-program#sthash.5kifiZUy.dpuf


As a participant, you will receive a $4,500 stipend for meeting all of the conditions listed above. This stipend will be paid on a semi-monthly schedule for the summer term in which you are teaching.

Who May Apply?      

Students who have passed their doctoral qualifying exam are eligible:

  • Geography
  • Health Services Research
  • Health Psychology
  • Organizational Science
  • Public Policy

Application Process

Complete and sign the attached application form. Your doctoral program coordinator will need to recommend you by signing where designated and will assist you in meeting with the appropriate department chair in order to identify the specific course and possible summer term you can teach. After completing this information and obtaining the required signatures, scan your completed application with and email it to Tracy Rock, Ph.D. (tcrock@uncc.edu), Faculty Fellow in the CTL.

Selection Preferences

Preference will be given to doctoral students who:

  • have no prior experience in college teaching
  • are in the final phase of their doctoral work
  • plan a career on college level teaching