Cornell Teaching Partnership Program

What is the Cornell Teaching Partnership Program?

The Cornell Teaching Partnership Program (CTPP) fosters conversations about teaching and learning by pairing a new faculty member with a tenured faculty member who is widely respected for both teaching and scholarship. Partners meet periodically throughout the year to engage in conversations about teaching, participate in classroom observations, and foster a more stimulating and satisfying teaching experience.

All pairings are tailored to provide a fruitful match of interests and pedagogical challenges. Partners are not located within the same department, but in an adjacent one with shared interests and teaching styles. As such, mentors can assist mentees in a completely confidential manner. She or he will focus on giving advice and encouragement, and not on providing teaching evaluations for promotion decisions. A teaching partner supplements a departmental mentor.

Who can attend?

The program is designed for assistant professors in their first two years of teaching but is open to any junior faculty member.

When is CTPP?

Date: Varies by mentor/mentee relationship over the course of the academic year. 

Time: Varies by mentor/mentee relationship.

CTPP lasts approximately one year. Partners typically meet for a few hours over the course of the year to discuss teaching and to sit-in on each other’s classes. Partners determine the length, frequency, and topics of meetings. The typical time commitment is less than ten hours for the year. After a year, partners can continue to meet if they choose.

Desired Outcomes

  • Learn the tips and tricks of the trade of excellent teaching.
  • Provide an avenue to discuss any issues that come up with regard to teaching styles, enhancing active learning in the classroom, developing new courses, proper assessment tools, and the balance between teaching, research, and life.
  • Visit the mentor’s classroom, and possibly have the mentor visit the mentee’s classroom, to foster the development of an exciting and engaging classroom.

Registration Process & Deadline

A luncheon is held at the beginning of the academic year where interested mentees can meet past and present mentors and mentees. To request a mentor at any time or for questions about CTPP, please contact the Center at