Teaching Fellowship Program

Teaching Fellowship

Protohaven’s Teaching Fellowship is a six-month program that is designed for makers looking to enhance their pedagogical skills. The Fellowship program happens twice a year and offers two seats each session. The Teaching Fellowship team plays a key role in creating a rich, supportive learning environment that brings value to students of all skill levels, while enhancing their ability and confidence as an instructor. 

Being a Teaching Fellow

Teaching Fellows work directly with our Education Manager to focus on becoming a better instructor. Fellows will be coached in developing a syllabus, ensuring equity within the classroom, maintaining a safe learning environment, and the many other aspects of being a good teacher.

As a team, Teaching Fellows will also engage collaboratively with our current instructors as they develop core Protohaven classes—classes that dive into everything from immersive projects that teach students how to operate equipment with confidence to advanced maintenance and troubleshooting intensives that earn members clearance to join our maintenance crew.  

Protohaven is committed to serving the BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities, and members of these communities are enthusiastically encouraged to apply.

Teaching Fellow Responsibilities

  • Weekly Class Development: 3 flexible hours of collaborative research and design to take place either from home or on-site with weekly virtual check-ins. Co-develop classes and tool guides that meet current demands of Protohaven and serve as the basis for receiving clearance and building skills. 
  • Weekly Office Hours: 3 hours regularly scheduled on-site time. In the beginning, this can be flexible to accommodate shadowing and assisting current instructors in class. Once leading a class, this should become a regularly scheduled time each week for teaching or helping maintain equipment.
  • Marketing: Help spread the word about events and classes at Protohaven.
  • Maintenance: Help to track and troubleshoot maintenance needs alongside staff and qualified volunteers. Collaboratively document preventative maintenance needs to serve as the basis for maintenance training.

Qualifications for Teaching Fellows

  • Demonstrated technical skill in an area
  • Eagerness to cultivate your skills as an instructor
  • Ambitious to develop and share knowledge in a team environment
  • Experience leading diverse groups of creative people to accomplish common goals
  • Responsible, empathetic, conscientious, and friendly
  • Skills in technical troubleshooting, problem solving, and critical thinking
  • Availability to commit to 6 hrs/week for 6 months—3 regularly scheduled on-site, 3 flexible

Details and Benefits for Teaching Fellows

  • Building and enhancing  your capabilities as an instructor
  • Cultivating a shop environment where you enjoy working
  • 6 Months of General Membership
  • Free cross-training on equipment where you’ll be instructing
  • Stipend for class development
  • $30/hr for class instruction
  • Fellows may work with children and PA Child Abuse History, PA criminal background, and FBI criminal background clearances may be required. Associated costs are covered by Protohaven.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, February 8th, 2023 at 11:59PM EST.
The fellowship will kick-off Wednesday, March 8th, 2023.

Please compile a resume, reasons why you’d like to teach with us, and documentation of your work and submit them through this form.