Apply To Be A Master Teacher

[highlight]Deadline for the Spring 2018 cohort: Friday, October 27, 2017[/highlight]


Master teachers are senior faculty with tenure or CCE who facilitate their group’s meetings and activities.


  • Be a tenured professor of any rank or lecturer with CCE
  • Be available to participate for four semesters beginning Spring 2018
  • Have your department chair email a letter of support to Judith Yancey

Please note that department chairs are not eligible to serve as master teachers. Department P&B members may serve as master teachers if they agree to recuse themselves from discussions of teaching fellows in their department.

Role & Responsibilities

Being a master teacher provides faculty members with tenure or CCE an opportunity to expand their role as pedagogical leaders at BMCC. The primary work of the master teacher is to facilitate and participate in group interactions about teaching and learning–listening actively and asking questions that promote reflection. As a master teacher, you will:

  • Organize group meetings and observation schedules
  • Observe the members of your group (as a group) and invite them to observe you
  • Model and encourage descriptive, non-judgmental feedback
  • Encourage experimentation with small change in teaching
  • Facilitate group interactions about observed lessons, readings, and SoTL projects
  • Ensure that your group completes all assignments and surveys
  • Meet and communicate regularly with other master teachers and Teaching Academy directors
  • Assure participants’ confidentiality
  • Be flexible in your availability, which will occasionally involve meeting on a non-teaching day
  • Attend the orientation and wrap-up each semester. The orientation for Spring 2018 is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 26th (10:00 am–5:00 pm).

For more details about Teaching Academy activities, please see Overview of Semesters.

Reassigned Time

In recognition of the value of this important role and the time commitment involved, master teachers will be awarded three hours of reassigned time per calendar year.


Master teacher application form


Master teacher applications will be reviewed by a committee that includes: the Director of CETLS, the Director of the Teaching Academy, two former or current master teachers, and two former or current teaching fellows. Selection of master teachers is based on responses in the application form, recommendations from department chairs, availability, and approval by the Associate Dean of Faculty. Participants will also be selected to ensure representation from across disciplines.  Applicants will be notified by Friday, December 1, 2017