About the Program

Conducting program-level assessment and utilizing assessment data to improve teaching, curriculum, and student advising are becoming an integral part of what faculty and higher education professionals are asked to do. UC Berkeley’s Center for Teaching & Learning sponsors a Graduate Student Assessment Fellows Program to supplement your graduate preparation by offering opportunities for you to train in assessment of undergraduate student learning and evaluation of educational programs on the Berkeley campus. This training will be useful for those seeking a position in higher education and also for those who seek employment in any type of educational program. Up to seven Fellows will be selected for the next cohort. 

The goal of this Fellowship program is to provide you with opportunities to gain the following knowledge and skills:

  • In-depth understanding of assessment practices in higher education
  • Knowledge and strategies to articulate learning outcomes
  • Application of use- and user-driven principles to design and implement program-level assessment
  • Ability to analyze and interpret qualitative and/or quantitative data
  • Ability to report assessment data in digestible ways

Expectations & Responsibilities

The workload for this Fellowship will be approximately 5 hours per week during spring 2018 for project assistance and cohort meetings (See the schedule below). Fellows will also be required to attend the orientation session on Thursday, December 7, 2017, 12 – 4 pm, and bi-monthly training sessions on assessment and curriculum re-design on the dates listed below.

The Fellows are expected to:

  • Attend ALL workshops and meetings with the Center for Teaching and Learning.
    Important dates: 

    • Kick-off and orientation: December 7, 2017, 12 – 4 pm
    • 2018 cohort meetings: 1/18, 2/1, 2/15, 3/1, 3/15, 4/5, 4/19, 5/3 (Final presentation)
  • Engage in a faculty-led program-level assessment project that focuses on undergraduate or graduate curriculum on campus. You will be indicating your project interest from a list of on-campus projects in your application and will be selected to work with a faculty member(s) to support a specific project for one academic year.
  • Generate a one-page summary of an assessment case study by the end of fall semester.
  • Write a short project summary and reflection report by the end of spring semester. Your summary will be showcased on the CTL website.

Upon completion of the training and the program-level assessment project, the Fellows will receive:

  • A recognition of completion
  • $2500 stipend at the end of spring

Eligibility

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Must have spent at least one full academic semester of graduate studies at UC Berkeley
  • Must have at least a 3.0 grade point average and be in good academic standing
  • Interest in pursuing a position in higher education (faculty, instructor, student advisor, etc.) or aspiration to pursue a career in education

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Taken a quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-methods research methods course
  • Undergraduate teaching experience

Those who have full-time GSI or GSR appointment can also apply as long as they can balance their academic obligations with the program requirements. If you would like to strengthen your assessment and evaluation profile, it is highly recommended to enroll in EDUC 276A: Introduction to Program Evaluation (or a similar program evaluation course).


Application

The application site will open early October.  Applications are due on October 30, 2017. For more information, see the Graduate Student Assessment website.


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