Texas Tech University

TEACH Program

About the TEACH Program

The TEACH (Teaching Effectiveness And Career enHancement) Program, affiliated with the Texas Tech Graduate School, was modeled after the national Preparing Future Faculty movement and assists Ph.D. students in further developing teaching skills and exploring faculty roles. The program welcomed its first pilot cohort in 2000 in the Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center at Texas Tech; it now operates under the auspices of the TTU Graduate School, and has grown into an elite, highly-regarded program that has become a model for other programs across the country.

Program activities include one-on-one consultations, recorded classroom instruction, comprehensive feedback, peer observations, workshop attendance, and the development of a professional teaching portfolio and detailed course design project. Past TEACH fellows estimate that the program requires 30- 40 hours per semester. Fellows selected for this program are paid a $500 stipend per semester for their active participation. Many departments at Texas Tech currently offer their TAs excellent opportunities for development and training. The TEACH program does not replace those programs in any way; rather, it seeks to supplement their efforts with a year-long focus on intentionality and evidence-based best practices in the classroom.

The TEACH program offers individualized attention from consultants who specialize in pedagogical development and are committed to teaching excellence. The program provides numerous opportunities for self-reflection, and through these experiences, each successful fellow can expect to:

  • Identify and apply new instructional strategies to improve student learning in his/her courses;
  • Acquire knowledge, develop skills, and prepare documents to facilitate the transition to a career in academia; and
  • Develop relationships with faculty, staff, and peers to maintain a spirit of collegiality in the pursuit of professional development.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Dr. Kristi Gaines (Associate Dean, Graduate School).

TEACH Cohort 2019-20


TEACH Fellow Discipline  
Khaleel Abusal English  
Kelley Anderson Marketing  
Heather Beltz Music  
Ahalee Cathey Kinesiology and Sport Management  
Zachary Dailey Theatre  
Mai Dao Mathematics and Statistics  
Anthony Foster Psychological Sciences  
Nellie Hill Agricultural Education and Communications  
Cara Lawson Agricultural Education and Communications  
Gabriela Manzo Psychological Sciences  
Natira Mullet Marriage and Family Therapy  
Tiffany Murray Personal Financial Planning  
Anisha Navlekar Biological Sciences  
Willow Sauermilch Media and Communications: Public Relations  
Anne Wharton Music