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Teaching Residency

The purpose of the Teaching Residency is to enhance the expertise of students in the role of educator. Because students enter the program with differing prior experiences in the role of educator, the Teaching Residency is tailored to students’ individual learning needs.  At the minimum, it is expected that students with no or minimal prior teaching experience will graduate with a beginning level of expertise in course planning, course evaluation, dealing with difficult student situations, test construction, paper assignment construction and grading, content delivery methods, and other aspects of the faculty teaching role. Students entering with more extensive teaching experience tailor their teaching residencies to enhance their expertise in these various areas.

The Teaching Residency is one semester in length and may be completed in any semester prior to graduation. The Teaching Residency (NURS 890) is awarded 1 course unit (1.0 CU) of academic credit. It is graded Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U) and is not counted toward the GPA.  Students who receive a grade of “Unsatisfactory” will need to remediate the residency.

The Teaching Residency must include activities that exceed the routine work of a teaching assistant (TA). Activities that may occur during the Teaching Residency include:

  • Serving as a TA with an additional focused project or role.
  • Working with faculty on faculty teaching projects with a particular focused project or role
  • Participating in curricular initiatives within the School of Nursing
  • Taking additional coursework in teaching
  • Participating in University programs for TAs through the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) 

Additional examples of approved activities can be found on the DSO Intranet site (School of Nursing credentials needed).

Procedure
Before the Residency Begins

Each student, with the help of his or her advisor(s), will identify the semester during which s/he wishes to complete the Teaching Residency, develop objectives for the residency based on the student’s prior teaching experiences, and identify a faculty preceptor. The faculty preceptor may be a different person from the advisor and may be a master teacher (e.g. practice professor) who can craft an exceptional teaching experience for the student.

The advisor, preceptor and student will plan activities to accomplish the objectives and will submit this information on the Teaching Residency Proposal Form. The form, which serves as registration, should be submitted before the beginning of the residency, and before the end of the Course Selection Period in any semester, to the Office of Student Services for review and approval by the Graduate Group in Nursing Chair. 

The Teaching Residency may be taken any time prior to graduation, and registration may occur in a different semester to ensure the student has full-time registration (i.e. Fall Semester, Year 3).  Only one member of the Graduate Group in Nursing may be recorded in the registration system as the faculty of record.  Timely submission of the proposal and evaluation forms is required.

After the residency ends

Upon completion of the Teaching Residency, the student, faculty preceptor, and faculty advisor (if different than the preceptor) must complete and sign the Teaching Residency Evaluation Form and submit it to the Office of Student Services.  If objectives and activities have been successfully completed, the Graduate Group in Nursing Chair will sign the form. The Office of Student Information (OSI) will then process the form and post official credit.


Research Residency

The purpose of the Research Residency is to enhance socialization to the role of the researcher. The Research Residency is one semester in length and may be completed in any semester prior to graduation. The Research Residency (NURS 897) is awarded 1 course unit (1.0 CU) of academic credit. It is graded Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U) and is not counted toward the GPA.  Students who receive a grade of “Unsatisfactory” will need to remediate the residency.

Activities that may occur during the one semester Research Residency should include at least two of the following:

  • Serving as a Research Assistant (RA) with a particular focused project
  • Being a fellow on a T32 grant with a particular focused project or attendance at a series of research seminars (schedule to be submitted)
  • Preparing an individual NRSA with focused mentoring by a Standing Faculty member
  • Working with faculty on faculty research, including data-based publications, with focused duties and responsibilities.
  • Attending Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Research Seminars (schedule of topics to be submitted)
  • Attending Faculty Seminar Series (schedule of topics to be submitted)
  • Attending seminars throughout the University that are research-based (schedule of topics to be submitted)
  • Participating in the review and critique of proposals during research center meetings (details of proposals reviewed to be submitted)

Additional examples of approved activities can be found on the DSO Intranet site (School of Nursing credentials needed).

Procedure
Before the residency begins

Each student, with the help of his or her advisor/chairperson, will identify the semester during which s/he wishes to complete the Research Residency, develop objectives for the residency based on the student’s prior research experiences, and identify a faculty preceptor. The faculty preceptor may be a different person from the advisor but must be a member of a Graduate Group within Penn.

The advisor, preceptor and student will plan activities to accomplish the objectives and will submit this information on the Research Residency Proposal Form.  The form, which serves as registration, should be submitted before the beginning of the residency, and before the end of the Course Selection Period in any semester, to the Office of Student Services for review and approval by the Graduate Group in Nursing Chair.  

The Research Residency may be taken any time prior to graduation, but registration may occur in a different semester to ensure the student has full-time registration (i.e. Fall Semester, Year 3).   Only one member of the Graduate Group in Nursing (advisor if the faculty preceptor is not affiliated with the Graduate Group in Nursing) may be recorded in the registration system as the faculty of record.  Timely submission of the proposal and evaluation forms is required. 

After the residency ends

Upon completion of the Research Residency, the student, faculty preceptor, and faculty advisor (if different than the preceptor) must complete and sign the Research Residency Evaluation Form and submit it to the Office of Student Services.  If objectives and activities have been successfully completed, the Graduate Group in Nursing Chair will sign the form. The Office of Student Information (OSI) will then process the form and post official credit.