Teaching Fellows

Introduction to Psychological Science (PSYC 100)
Please note that the Department of Psychology is piloting a new model for the Introduction to Psychological Science (PSYC 100) course in the 2023-2024 academic year. The new model revolves around smaller class sections (capped at 20 students per section) meant to promote engagement, discussion, and community. The new model does not include a lab component. Additionally, the Teaching Fellows Program is on hold, thus, we will not be seeking applicants for the 2023-2024 Teaching Fellows Program.

The Psychology Teaching Fellows (TFs) program is a tremendous opportunity for students in our introductory course and more senior psychology majors to learn together. The primary goal of the laboratory component of our Introduction to Psychological Science course is to engage students with the methods psychologists use to ask and answer questions. The TFs play an essential role in providing a learning environment that promotes discovery and active learning and that focuses on the scientific method and scientific writing.

Working in pairs, the eight TFs lead the laboratory sections of the Introduction to Psychological Science course, meet together for group supervision sessions, score lab reports, and hold office hours. In addition, TFs spend an intense training week together before classes begin in August. Serving as a TF provides a unique capstone experience for students, allowing them to apply the skills and knowledge they have acquired in their psychology career and to gain valuable teaching experience. Since 1993, over 100 bright and dedicated students have served as TFs, and these students have gone on to illustrious graduate programs in numerous areas of psychology, to law school, to medical school, and to careers in advertising, in teaching, in business, and in research. 

Read More About the Program:

Newcomb, A. F., & Bagwell, C. L. (1997). Collaborative learning in an introduction to psychological science laboratory: Undergraduate teaching fellows teach to learn. Teaching of Psychology, 24, 88-95.