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The Mentoring and Teaching Practicum (MATP) allows participants to experience mentorship, observation, and teaching in an undergraduate classroom at neighboring institutions or universities. This exciting opportunity will offer selected participants the ability to gain an enhanced level of teaching experience, mentoring, and observation designed to increase professional development and preparation for a career in higher education.  This is a fantastic opportunity for someone in the beginning stages of job searching, as each participant is able to explore a different university that they might be interested in and get the ‘inside scoop’ on what it would be like to be a faculty member there.

The program is open to a limited number of advanced Certificate of Accomplishment in Teaching and Fundamentals In Teaching participants, program alumni, and postdoctoral scholars. Upon entering this program, students will select a mentor professor in their field of expertise from an outside university. These mentor professors will offer vast experience, talent, and knowledge in teaching, research, and service in their respective fields. In the fall, participants will choose, meet, observe, and establish relationships with their mentor. In the spring, participants will observe their professors teaching and teach a class session, as well as participating in the peer review process. Program workshops will allow opportunities for participants to reflect, share their experiences, discuss teaching strategies, and learn from other participants.

This is a competitive program, and participation is limited. The application period will open in Fall of 2014 for the 2014-2015 MATP Cohort.  Participants will be selected based on the quality of responses in the application, future career goals, and prior teaching experience.

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  • Shadow an experienced professor in your field of study at neighboring universities
  • Discover the ‘inside scoop’ on being a tenured/experienced professor
  • Earn three credits towards Certificate of Accomplishment in Teaching workshops
  • Receive individualized assistance in teaching
  • Enhance teaching portfolios
  • Complete the observation process to receive formal feedback on teaching skills


The program is open to advanced graduate students, other program graduates, and Postdoctoral scholars.  Since it is designed to help future faculty members, applicants should be within 1-2 years of the job search.

  • Applicants must have completed at least one semester of teaching experience leading lectures for at least half of the semester.  Leading labs or facilitating discussion sessions does not count as teaching experience for the program.
  • Selected participants must have at least one semester of teaching experience, including developing lesson plans and lecturing. This does not include leading a lab or discussion section. This does include leading lecture sessions and co-teaching with other faculty. If there are any questions about eligibility of teaching experience, please contact Beth Overman.

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Applications are accepted for the program every fall for the cohort of that academic year.  Applicants are selected and identified prior to the first meeting.  If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact Dr. Beth Overman.

Student Testimonials:

  • Karen Bliss, Department of Mathematics: “Participating in MATP has really helped me think about what it means to be a faculty member.“
  • Zach Abernathy, Department of Mathematics: “Not only did my mentor offer some great teaching tips, but he also had a wealth of advice for preparing job applications, deciding between a faculty and post-doc position….I have learned a great deal about my future career as a professor as a result of this program.”
  • Steven Toaddy, Department of Psychology: “Participation in the MATP program has afforded me an eye-opening experience that I could not have hoped to have found in my everyday professional experience. The lessons that I have learned in this program, be they from my mentor, my co-participants, the program facilitators or the invited speakers, will meaningfully impact my professional strategy.”

Mentoring and Teaching Practicum Program Director:
  Dr. Beth Overman,beth_overman@ncsu.edu