"Our program is more than a program; we are a family at WCU"
Thank you for your interest in the Western Carolina University Teaching Fellows. Because funding for this program ceases in 2015, applicants can no longer be accepted. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
There are a million reasons why a future teacher would want to come to Western Carolina
University. Here are just a few benefits of being a Teaching Fellow at Western …
North Carolina Teaching Fellows Scholarship covers most expenses at WCU
One of the wonderful things about Western is that it is a tremendous deal for your money. A student can live, learn, and eat on campus for around $10,000 (give or take) per year. Although the Teaching Fellows Scholarship does not totally cover these expenses, the $6,500 each year ($26,000 over four years) goes a long way in helping to cover these expenses. The dean of the College of Education and Allied Professions also provides each Teaching Fellow student with an extra $4,000 that can be used on things such as purchasing a computer, taking a trip to Europe, or helping with additional college expenses.
We Strive to Meet Your Individual Needs
Our University, along with our Teaching Fellows Program, is smaller than others across the state. Therefore you will find smaller class sizes and more individualized instruction.
Freshman Trip to Europe
Each freshman class has the opportunity to travel to Europe. This trip is unique to our program, and we are proud that the University supports our endeavors by offering a special $1,000 bonus scholarship to help offset the cost of travel. Teaching Fellows have visited England, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, the Vatican City, and Monaco in previous years. Learn more about the trip to Europe.
Personal Guidance and Support
The staff at Western Carolina University is dedicated to meeting the needs of the students in the program. Jacqueline Smith, program director, and our program assistant help each Teaching Fellow in ways unimaginable. They aren't second or third mothers, but they do keep a watchful eye on the progress of each student, and are more than willing to help in any way possible. Our program is proud to offer such personal guidance and support.
Be Part of a Close-Knit Group
You'll see Teaching Fellows all over campus—and many times they won't be alone. Western's Teaching Fellows enjoy a very close bond with one another. Larger institutions can't always offer such a tightly bound group. Often, friendships exist across different class levels—freshmen develop quick friendships with upperclassmen during our Freshmen/Sophomore Fall Retreat at the beginning of each year; sophomores serve as mentors for the freshman class and ensure that all newcomers feel welcomed into the program.
Opportunity to live in Balsam Hall
Balsam Hall will be home to approximately 424 men and women beginning in Fall 2009. Members of the Honors College and Teaching Fellows will reside in Balsam and will hold many activities in the common areas of the hall. Balsam Hall is air conditioned and consists of both private and double rooms which are arranged suite-style. Occupants of private rooms share a bath with one other private room resident, while each double room has its own bath. Residents of each floor can take advantage of a common living area and kitchen.
Hall features: Air conditioned; co-ed; private and double rooms; four floors; 24-hour visitation; seven study lounges; seven public kitchen lounge areas; laundry room; vending room.
Room features: Private Rooms – One loftable XL twin bed; one combination moveable wardrobe/dresser; one moveable desk; one desk chair; one Ethernet port; one cable TV jack; horizontal blinds. Double Rooms – Two loftable XL twin beds; two moveable combination wardrobes/dressers; two moveable desks; two desk chairs; two Ethernet ports with high speed Internet connection; one cable TV jack; horizontal blinds.
Leadership Opportunities Abound
NC Teaching Fellows have been dubbed "the Best and the Brightest," and Western's Teaching Fellows do not fall short. Many of the Teaching Fellows in our program serve in a variety of impressive leadership positions on campus. You will see some of the Teaching Fellow students on the Student Government Senate while others serve on the Chancellor's Distinguished Award Committee. Many Fellows are involved in a variety of leadership activities on campus, as well as within the Teaching Fellows Program itself.
These are just a few benefits to being a Teaching Fellow at Western but don’t just take our word for it—find out what our Teaching Fellows have to say and watch short videos to get an idea of what life is like here in Cullowhee! Check out the wealth of seminars and activities available to you, too.
Questions? Please contact us.