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Pedagogical Partnership Program (P3) for Inclusive, Learner-Centered Teaching

Sponsored by CELT and Undergraduate Program Founders and Coordinators Jillian Impastato and Langley Topper, T2021

CELT is currently inviting applications from faculty members in Arts, Sciences, and Engineeringwho are teaching undergraduate courses in the fall 2022 to participate in the Pedagogical Partnership Program

If you are interested in applying to the program, please visit this link to complete your application by Monday, April 18 . 


What is it?

The Pedagogical Partnership Program will create the opportunity for students and faculty partners across departments to spend a semester together creating innovative strategies for enhancing classroom student engagement, reflecting on equity, and improving learning outcomes. These partnerships are intended to alter power dynamics, allowing faculty to look for and understand the student perspective, and give student partners the opportunity to constructively co-create improved learning experiences. Partners will think together about their current experiences of learning environments and work to evolve current ways of approaching pedagogy.
Each partnership is unique, with the goal of true collaboration focused on equity and learner centered approaches in teaching. Some examples to consider include:
  • Collaborate to ensure that your class is both student-centered and engaging
  • Develop new avenues to build stronger relationships with and between students
  • Identify classroom inequities, understand how students of different identities are experiencing the class, and propose ways to make the class welcoming to all students
  • Brainstorm ways to make classrooms accessible and equitable
  • Elicit mid-term feedback for course improvement
  • Assist in the development of curriculum for courses that you will be teaching in the future

How does it work?

Student partners will observe one of their faculty partner’s class sessions each week and faculty and student partners will be expected to meet weekly outside of class. Additionally, the cohort of faculty partners will meet monthly with the program advisors, Annie Soisson and Ryan Rideau from CELT. The cohort of student partners will meet weekly with the student program coordinators. 

How much time will it take?

Including all meetings and planning, faculty partners should expect to spend approximately two to three hours per week for the program. Student partners will spend approximately five hours per week for the program.

What other universities have programs like this?

Pedagogical partnership programs around the country serve as a responsive professional development strategy using a student centered lens to examine inclusivity practices. Successful programs include Bryn Mawr and Haverford’s Students as Learners and Teachers (SaLT), Smith College’s Student-Faculty Pedagogical Partnership Program, Trinity University’s Tigers as Partners, and Vassar College’s Student Teacher Engaged Pedagogical Partnerships (STEPP).

Articles Written about the Program!

Photo: Alonso Nichols

Teaching Toward Equity: Opening Doors to New Dialogues

Tufts students and faculty work closely together to create a new program that fosters inclusive teaching and learning.

Photo: Christine Lee / The Tufts Daily Archives

The Tufts Daily

In new program, CELT pairs students, faculty to address inequity in classrooms.


Supported by Tufts Springboard Grant and a grant received from the Davis Educational Foundation established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after Mr. Davis's retirement as chairman of Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc.