Science Education Specialist [Science Teaching & Learning Fellow (STLF)]
Role & development

NOTE: Science Education Specialist = CWSEI Science Teaching & Learning Fellow (STLF) = CU-SEI Science Teaching Fellow (STF). The text and files below use STLF.

A Science Teaching & Learning Fellow (STLF) has a combined expertise in the specific departmental discipline as well as knowledge of relevant teaching methods and research on learning. A typical STLF is a recent PhD in the relevant science discipline who is keen to improve learning and interested in discipline-based education research. Since most STLFs have limited prior experience with science education research, the SEI Central runs an STLF development series described below. Most of what is described on this page is similar for CU-SEI Science Teaching Fellows (STF).


Science Teaching and Learning Fellows are key players in course transformation and institutional change. The STLFs collaborate with individual faculty or small groups to implement course transformation, helping faculty increase their knowledge of teaching and learning research and supporting the introduction of evidence-based educational practices and measurements of learning.
Science Teaching & Learning Fellow role (2 pages, giving major components of the role & representative examples)

STLF development Series

The purpose of this series is to develop knowledge and skills in new STLFs so that they can effectively apply relevant research in cognitive psychology and education to improve teaching and learning in higher education. The series is 12 sessions, ~1 per week, with 1.5 hour meetings. The document gives the preparation required for each session, the tasks at the meetings, and a list of resources with links.
Science Teaching & Learning Fellow development sessions

STLF Reflections on their job

This 6-page document is a combination of documents created by STLFs, most of which were produced in STLF meetings: What is an STLF? (short summaries); STLF Tasks and Skills (lists); What do STLFs do, and how can they improve in these roles?; Advice from old STLFs to new STLF; Brett Gilley’s thoughts on features that helped the EOAS Department's CWSEI program.
Science Teaching & Learning Fellow reflections