Kicking Off the CUTF: Synthesizing Knowledge through Case Study Problem-Solving

Hello all! My name is Mike Sobol, and I am thrilled to be participating in the Spring 2022 Chancellor’s Undergraduate Teaching Fellowship. I am a sophomore in the University Honors College pursuing dual degrees in Neuroscience and Politics & Philosophy. This semester, I am working with Dr. Scott Nelson as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (UTA)…

CUTF: The College Audience In “Readings In Contemporary Fiction”

Hello! My name is Sabrina, and I am a sophomore here at Pitt. I am currently double majoring in English Writing (Fiction Track) and Psychology. This semester I am working on my CUTF project with Professor Shannon Reed in the “Readings in Contemporary Fiction” class. Together, we have revised the syllabus to include readings catered…

CUTF Blog Post #1: Navigating a Packed Plate

Hello—my name is Edwin Coffman, and this is my first blog post for the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Teaching Fellowship. I am mentoring under Dr. Andrew Lotz of Pitt’s Political Science Department in his Myth, Propaganda, and the State analysis course. In my project, I am an undergraduate teaching assistant. Here, I will connect with students and…

A Catalyst for Change: Post Reflection

When group project presentations begin, final exams start approaching, study sessions become rampant, that usually means the end of the semester is near. For me, I have the privilege of adding one more thing: a reflection of my CUTF fellowship. I began this fellowship with one question in mind: What does an inclusive education look…

And That’s a Wrap on Introduction to Global Health, Fall 2021!

Throughout a quick, eventful, and memorable semester, my understanding of teaching changed by acknowledging the importance of a transformative, rather than a transactional approach. By engaging in rich discussions with students on their experiences working in the healthcare field, Dr. Salter’s experiences as a former journalist in Central America, and Dr. Fapohunda’s academic and experiential…

My CUTF: Changes in Myself

My CUTF experience this semester brought me a whole new perspective on teaching and the work that goes into it. There were things I already anticipated doing going into this experience–such as providing feedback, adding to class discussions, etc. as these are the things most teaching assistants do inside and outside the classroom. My most…

My CUTF: “I open at the close”

Annabeth Collis I open at the close … It’s hard to believe that this semester is almost over. It seems like it was just a few weeks ago that I was drafting and writing my midterm analysis exemplar for my Harry Potter class. Since August, our class has covered a lot of material, including all…

My CUTF: Happy Turkey Day, everybody!

In the spirit of my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, I would like to express gratitude for this fellowship experience. Thanksgiving is unequivocally my favorite holiday. Beyond watching my Detroit Lions lose, I also get the opportunity to give back and appreciate what I’ve been given. With this being my final blog post for this semester, it’s…

From Fellow Peer to Peer Leader

As I reflect upon the last two months of serving as a Teaching Fellow, I have been able to not only grow as a peer, but a peer mentor and leader to the students within Dr. Salter and Dr. Fapohunda’s Introduction to Global Health class. As a Teaching Fellow, I not only have the opportunity…