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Teaching Scholars Program

What is the Teacher Scholar Program? The purpose of this program is to give psychology majors experience in educational programs and knowledge about the scientific basis for educational strategies. It is also a great way to learn more about psychology– we often learn material better when we have to teach and explain concepts to others. This is a great experience for students who are thinking about a teaching career, and also for those thinking about a graduate program in psychology. As we developed this program, we discovered that many of our current PhD students and faculty had taken part in this type of program when they were undergraduate psychology majors. The program begins this fall and applications are open now.

Who is eligible? All psychology majors who will be juniors or seniors in the semester for which they are applying. To select students for the program, we will look at GPA, performance in psychology courses, interest in the program and match with available courses, and future career plans.

What is involved in the program? Scholars will register for PSYC 489 for 3 credits. Scholars will have a weekly group meeting with the Director of the program to discuss instructional techniques, ethics and complete training in specific topics. Scholars will be assigned to an undergraduate course and will be required to attend lectures for their assigned course. They will work with the instructor of that course to develop a plan that involves student interaction (review sessions, discussion groups, tutoring) and course feedback (writing, assignments, exams). Students will complete brief observations/reflections as part of the 484 course. Some students may also elect to complete a capstone project as part of their scholars experience. Teaching scholars can expect an evaluation and/or letter of recommendation upon successful completion of the course.

How do you apply? Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis from now until about 25 scholars are admitted to the program. To apply, click here to complete the online Teacher Scholar application. You will provide some basic information and answer some questions about your interest in the program. Once we receive your application, we will contact you. If you don’t hear from us  within a week of submitting your application, feel free to email Dr. Smallman (rsmallman@tamu.edu)