Faculty-Student Partner Program

The Faculty-Student Partner (FSP) Program is a semester-long collaborative partnership between a professor and an undergraduate student, who is paid for their work. Informed by a supportive and formative framework for teaching development, the partnership is built on regular classroom observations and ongoing dialogue about the methods, practices, values and challenges of teaching. Both partners learn and grow as they exchange perspectives stemming from their mutual experience of the class.

About the program

TEP’s Faculty-Student Partnership is modeled after the student consultant program developed by Dr. Alison Cook-Sather (Director of the Teaching and Learning Institute at Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges) and is one of a number of such programs currently underway at campuses in the United States and Europe, including at Reed and Oberlin. Thanks to a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, TEP successfully piloted the Faculty-Student Partner program in the Fall of 2017 at Lewis & Clark. As of 2023, TEP continues to offer the Faculty-Student Partnership thanks to the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

How it works 

Faculty partners choose one course that they would like their student partner to observe once a week. Student partners take notes about their observations. Faculty and student partners meet once a week for dialogue about the student partner’s class observations, the faculty partner’s goals, and potential areas for growth. See the infographic for more information.

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“This program has rekindled my love of teaching and fostered my improvement during the oh-so-difficult “mid-career” years. I absolutely loved it. Your student partner becomes a mirror for you to see yourself the way your students might see you.”

- Former Faculty Partner

“I really appreciated every part of this program. I loved being able to sit in the classroom and pick up on the nuances of active learning and the dynamic between peers and between them and the professor. It gave me a wider perspective of how a class can be organized as well as how, often times, a lot relies on the students themselves.”

- Former Student Partner

Interested in participating? Fill out the Faculty-Student Partner Interest Form and we will be in touch with you!