Provost's Doctoral Teaching Program

Doctoral Teaching Program students and coordinator at Norm Niner fountain

2018 Nomination/Application Information

The Office of Academic Affairs, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Graduate School collaborate with Ph.D. programs to offer a Provost’s Doctoral Teaching Program.  The purpose of the Provost’s Doctoral Teaching Program is to introduce doctoral students to effective teaching practices and to help prepare them to pursue careers in academia.

Nomination Process

Each UNC Charlotte Ph.D. program may nominate 1-2 applicants that meet the program requirements. The Ph.D. program must agree to the following criteria:

  1. A full (20 hr/week) graduate assistantship commitment from the applicant’s department is required for the 2018-2019 academic year, and 10 hours of the GA-ship must be dedicated to teaching in the Fall 2018.
  2. The Ph.D. student must be assigned as the Instructor of Record for an appropriate 3 or 4 hour undergraduate course, designated in Banner, for the Fall 2018 semester.  The course must be approved by the doctoral program coordinator and the course’s department chair.  The selected course should align with recipient’s background knowledge and experience.
  3. A department course mentor must be assigned by the nominated student’s Ph.D. program coordinator to provide support prior to and during the Fall 2018 semester.
  4. Complete and sign the nomination form. After completing this information and obtaining the required signatures, scan the completed nomination form with signatures and email it to Dr. Tracy Rock (, Faculty Fellow in the CTL. 

Program Requirements

Successful applicants must agree to the following conditions:

  1. Applicants must be a Ph.D. student in a doctoral program at UNC Charlotte with a demonstrated interest in an academic career. Priority will be given to those who have completed comprehensive exams or are closer to degree completion.
  2. Recipients will engage in an (a) intensive week long training the third week of May 2018, (b) independent/online course development over the summer with several deliverable due dates and (c) another intensive week long training the second week in August 2018. There will also be a midpoint and final seminar meeting during the fall semester for the Fall 2018 cohort.  These training seminars offered by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) will focus on course design, creating positive learning environments, effective teaching methods, and assessment.
  3. Recipients will be observed at least twice during the fall semester by a CTL faculty fellow and includes individual pre/post conferences.
  4. Recipients will complete a teaching journal and final report reflecting on their experience during the teaching semester.


The following outlines the important dates for the program:

November 1, 2017 Application opens for Ph.D. program coordinators to submit nominations.
December 1, 2017 Nomination period closes for Ph.D. program coordinators to submit nominations.

Student nominees will be invited to apply formally for the program.
January 30, 2018 Application deadline for nominated Ph.D. students.
February 1-15, 2018 Interviews of applicants will be conducted.
March 1, 2018 Program acceptance will be announced.  Participants should be added as Instructor of Record in Banner at this time.
May 10-11,14-16, 2018 Intensive Session I of II (on-campus sessions, focusing on course design, introductory and intermediate pedagogy, classroom management, academic technology/Canvas)
May 17 - Aug 5, 2018 Summer Course Development (including online meetings, 1:1 consultations with CTL instructional designers, multimedia production as desired, etc.)
August 6-10, 2018 Intensive Session II (on-campus sessions, focusing on course delivery and advanced pedagogy, advanced Canvas)
Fall 2018 Ph.D. Students teach as Instructor of Record; will also meet twice as a group; will be observed and mentored by CTL faculty fellows


As a member of this competitive program, Ph.D. students will receive an additional $5,000 in funding.  This funding is in addition to--and not a replacement for--the full, required assistantship provided by the Ph.D. program/department.  The funding will be paid during the summer of 2018 to the PDTP participants for the two, intensive pre-service training weeks and for the development of their courses.