Distinguished Active Learning Teaching Assistant (DALTA) Program

NOTE: The 2018-2019 DALTA awards have been made. Check back in the Spring of 2019 for information on the next round of grants.

The Distinguished Active Learning Teaching Assistant (DALTA) Program raises awareness about the role that teaching assistants (TAs) have in teaching and learning at Cornell. It is a collaboration between the Center, the Active Learning Initiative in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Vice Provost for Academic Innovation, and is funded by a grant from theĀ American Association of Universities.

Eligibility & Requirements

Graduate students who are TAs in natural science or social science undergraduate courses, especially those in large, introductory level courses, are invited to apply. During the year-long program, participants will:

  • Receive training in research-based teaching strategies to improve student learning in the sciences and social sciences.
  • Refine teaching skills.
  • Participate in an education discussion group.
  • Work with a team of other graduate students and experts at the Center to develop TA training materials and resources.

Awards

Participants will receive a $1000 honorarium. A $250 travel award is also available to support presenting educational research related to the program.

Deadlines

The 2018-2019 DALTA awards have been made. Check back in the Spring of 2019 for information on the next round of grants.

Application Process

Step 1: Fill Out Application

You will be asked to include the following information to Carolyn Aslan (crc1@cornell.edu):

  • Completed application form (link will be provided).
  • Current Curriculum Vitae (CV).

Step 2: Final Application

Finalists will be asked to provide the following:

  • A letter of support from your advisor or department chair.
  • A professional-looking headshot photograph (to be included on the website).
  • A brief biography (to be included on the website).
  • International students must also submit a completed Foreign National Questionnaire (for required taxation purposes related to the honorarium).

Questions?

Questions about the application process should be addressed to Carolyn Aslan (crc1@cornell.edu).