Teaching Inquiry Fellows

The Teaching Inquiry Fellows Program convenes full-time faculty as a reflective community of inquiry, exploring interdisciplinary and disciplinary education research literature and systematic methods that can be used for rigorous scholarly inquiry into teaching.

The Teaching Inquiry Fellows Program is a year-long program open to all full-time faculty at Northeastern University. Fellows will receive a $1,000 stipend upon completion of the program.

The 2019 cohort will explore foundational literature from across the learning sciences. Programming for the 2019 cohort will also include intentional examination of issues related to diversity and inclusive pedagogies.


This program offers a variety of opportunities to examine and reflect on your teaching practice by documenting and analyzing many forms of evidence—including existing empirical and theoretical literature, the work of your students, and feedback from both students and peers. Benefits of participating in the Teaching Inquiry Fellows Program include:

  • Developing and exploring the nature of evidence and evidence-based teaching in your discipline
  • Using inquiry, integration, and reflection to examine teaching beliefs and practices
  • Collaborating with and contributing to a generative exchange of teaching insights, questions, ideas, and practices as part of a community


  • Attend a day-long kick-off retreat
  • Meet with the TIF cohort, bi-weekly for 90 minutes during the Spring and Fall semesters
  • Between meetings, read 2-3 articles on a particular topic and reflect on how that topic is relevant in your teaching practice
  • Maintain an individual electronic portfolio and respond to prompts relevant to meeting activities and readings

Note: Optional opportunities will be provided for peer observation of teaching

NU-SCI Fellows Positions

Two positions in the 2019 TIF cohort will be reserved for full-time faculty applicants who express a particular interest in examining how to increase inclusivity in teaching science disciplines and to improving diversity in the College of Science majors. These positions are funded through a grant for the project “Northeastern University Skills and Capacity for Inclusion (NU-SCI)” from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) whose purpose is to “drive institutional change at Northeastern University in order to increase interest and success in the natural sciences on the part of nontraditional students, particularly underrepresented minorities and first-generation college students.”

Fellows funded through NU-SCI will receive a stipend of $2,000. These two positions carry expectations in addition to those listed above. These two Fellows will be asked to share their work and learning from the program with faculty from the College of Science, for instance as a part of the workshops and teaching circles that NU-SCI is creating.

How to Apply

The application period for the 2018-19 Teaching Inquiry Fellows cohort is now closed. Please contact Dr. Laurie Poklop with any questions.

2017-18 TIF Cohort: Reflections

Visit the group portfolio created by the 2017-18 TIF cohort, reflecting on their work and learning during the program.