Graduate Student Assessment Fellows Program

About the Program

Increasingly, conducting program-level assessment and utilizing assessment data to improve teaching, curriculum, and student advising are becoming an integral part of what faculty and higher education professionals are asked to do. The Graduate Student Assessment Fellows Program supplements your graduate preparation by offering opportunities for you to gain training in assessment of undergraduate student learning and evaluation of educational programs on the Berkeley campus. The goal of this Fellowship program is to provide you with opportunities to gain the following knowledge and skills: 

  • In-depth understanding of assessment practices in higher education 
  • Knowledge and strategies to articulate learning outcomes
  • Application of use- and user-driven principles to design and implement program-level assessment 
  • Ability to analyze and interpret qualitative and/or quantitative data 
  • Ability to report assessment data in digestible ways 

These assessment training will be useful for those who will be seeking a position in higher education and also for those who seek employment in any type of educational program. Up to 7 Fellows will be selected for the next cohort. 

If you are interested in the program for spring 2019, come to the 2018 cohort showcase on May 3rd 12--1:30 @117 Dwinelle (Academic Innovation Center). RSVP your attendance, since guest attendance is limted to the first 10 graduate students. 

Expectations & Responsibility

The workload for this Fellowship will be approximately 5 hours per week during spring 2018 for project assistance and cohort meetings (12-1:30p) See the schedule below). You will also be required to attend the orientation session on Thursday, December 7th (12pm-4pm) and bi-monthly training sessions on assessment and curriculum re-design on the dates listed below. 

The Fellows are expected to... 

  • Attend ALL workshops and meetings with the Center for Teaching and Learning.
    Important dates:  
    • Kick-off and orientation: January 18 (12-1:30) +  January 19 (12--4pm) 
    • 2018 cohort meetings (12p--1:30p): 1/18, 2/1, 2/15, 3/1, 3/15, 4/5, 4/19, 5/3 (Final presentation)
  • Engage in a faculty-led program-level assessment project that focuses on undergraduate or graduate curriculum on campus. You will be indicating your project interest from a list of on-campus projects in your application and will be selected to work with a faculty member(s) to support a specific project for one academic year. 
  • Generate a one-page summary of an assessment case study by the end of fall semester. 
  • Write a short project summary and reflection report by the end of spring semester. Your summary will be showcased on the CTL website. 

Upon completion of the training and the program-level assessment project, the Fellows will receive…

  • A recognition of completion 
  • $2500 stipend at the end of spring


  • Minimum: 
    • Must have spent at least one full academic semester of graduate studies at UC Berkeley. 
    • Must have at least a 3.0 grade point average and be in good academic standing. 
    • Interest in pursuing a position in higher education (faculty, instructor, student advisor, etc.) or aspiration to pursue a career in education.
  • Desired: 
    • Taken a quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-methods research methods course
    • Undergraduate teaching experience

Those who have fulltime GSI or GSR appointment can also apply as long as they can balance their academic obligations with the program requirements. It is highly recommended to enroll in EDUC 276A Introduction to Program Evaluation (or a similar program evaluation course), if you would like to strengthen your assessment and evaluation profile. 

Application procedures

1. Please submit your application online and send your Curriculum Vitae and unofficial graduate transcript(s) as an attachment to (with an e-mail subject line: CV+Transcript for Grad Student Assessment Fellowship). [Deadline October 30th, 2017]

    2. In addition to your application, please ask your faculty mentor/advisor to submit a support letter that describe your eligibility as an email attachment to Yukiko Watanabe ( by October 30thSupport letter should address the following: 

    • Applicant’s name you are supporting
    • Your name, academic/organizational unit, title, email 
    • Your relationship with the applicant
    • Briefly describe applicant's commitment to pursuing academic teaching or professional staff career in higher education or other types of careers in education. 
    • How will the applicant benefit from his/her participation in the Assessment Fellows Program?
    • Briefly comment on applicant's research skills (i.e., strengths in qualitative and/or qualitative data gathering and analysis). 

    DUE: October 30th, 2017


    Yukiko Watanabe, Ph.D. is a senior assessment and evalution consultant at the Center for Teachign and Learning. She has extensive experience researching and designing assessment in higher education. Her mission is to enrich assessment culture, capacity, and practices on Berkeley campus and beyond.  

    Shelly Steward is a PhD candidate in sociology at Berkeley. She participated in the inaugural class of Graduate Student Assessment Fellows in 2014-2015, for which she conducted an assessment of the Berkeley Connect campus-wide mentoring program. As an economic sociologist, Shelly studies labor, inequality, and culture. She also has a background in education, having taught middle school science on the Pine Ridge Reservation prior to graduate school.

    Laura Armstrong is a graduate student in science and math education at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests include chemistry curriculum design and assessing student learning gains from this new curriculum. She also works on evaluating the implementation and outcomes of new curriculum and utilizing the findings for improved course structure, content, and student learning gains. She participated in GSAF during AY 2016-2017.