What is Teaching-as-Research?

Teaching-as-Research (TAR) involves the deliberate, systematic, and reflective use of research methods to develop and implement teaching practices that advance the learning experiences and outcomes of students and teachers. 

Learn the basics behind CIRTL's "teaching-as-research" concept in this 5-minute video from CIRTL's MOOC on evidence-based teaching.

Hear graduate students and postdocs reflect on how doing a TAR project helped them in this 10-minute video from CIRTL's MOOC on evidence-based teaching.

How does Teaching-as-Research Impact Your Career?

In this video, a panel of TAR alumni reflect on their TAR experiences, with a special focus on how TAR impacted their careers. Panelists addressed questions on the value of TAR, how TAR impacted their career plans, and how they leveraged TAR when applying for jobs.


JHU Ph.D. graduate students and Post-doctoral Fellows who have completed some form of pedagogical training (i.e., attended the 3-Day Teaching Institute, completed a JHU or CIRTL teacher training course or the equivalent) and have some teaching experience are eligible to apply.  This fellowship requires an educational context to evaluate.  This can be your own course, a course that you assist a faculty with or an educational program. 

Please note: 

If you are in a visa status sponsored by JHU, you must contact the Office of International Services ([email protected]) to determine your eligibility to engage in paid teaching activities. Failure to do so could result in a violation of your visa status. 

Post-doctoral fellows that are employed at a rate of 100% FTE (Full Time Equivalent) for their research/appointment must be pre-approved before any additional work (e.g. a paid teaching opportunity) is undertaken. Please work with your department or center Administrator who will work with the Office of the Dean on the necessary approval, before you accept a paid teaching opportunity.

Please understand that these policies are not to limit our support of your professional development but to protect you from being in violation of possible visa and/or funding restrictions. Both the Office of International Services and your deptartment or center Administrator will be able to review your specific case and make recommendations based on your eligibility. 

How to Apply?

Email [email protected] or [email protected] to inquire about the current application cycle and training course to support your TAR Project!  

The Teaching-as-Research Process and Steps to Completing the TAR Fellowship