The Trefny Center offers fellowship opportunities for faculty, graduate student, and postdoctoral leaders to support the culture of teaching and learning at Mines.

Peer Observation Fellows

Peer Observation Fellows (POF) support all aspects of the faculty peer observation program, which is being piloted from AY23-24 through AY25-26. The Fellows lead department trainings, conduct off-cycle observations, act as a resource for faculty, and assess the initiative. Fellows commit to two academic years in this position, investing approximately 40 hours per semester, and receive a $5,000 stipend each year.

Applications will open near the end of the Spring 2024 semester for two new POFs to start in Fall 2024.

Polina Ringler

Teaching Assistant Professor,
Mechanical Engineering

Becky Swanson

Teaching Professor
Applied Mathematics & Statistics

Justin Shaffer

Teaching Professor,
Chemical & Biological Engineering

Deb Carney

Teaching Professor,
Applied Mathematics & Statistics

Graduate Teaching Fellows

The Trefny Graduate Teaching Fellowship provides support for experienced graduate students and postdocs to further and refine their pedagogical development. As part of their yearlong fellowship, recipients participate in monthly meetings with other Fellows and Trefny staff to explore topics in teaching and learning and advance their leadership skills by mentoring their peers in the College Teaching Certificate Program. Fellows are also provided with personalized professional development opportunities based on the Fellow’s specific interests and professional goals.

Fellows are awarded $2500, distributed evenly throughout the year. Prospective applicants are required to be at Mines throughout the duration of their fellowship year, and must have already completed the College Teaching Certificate Program. Applications for ’24-25 academic year will open in March and will be due on Monday, April 29, 2024.

Alexandra Bejarano

PhD Student
Computer Science

Emily Sabo

PhD Candidate

Aram Bingham

Teaching Postdoc
Applied Mathematics & Statistics