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Leadership Teaching Fellows

Why become a Leadership Teaching Fellow?

  • Receive extensive training on facilitation, coaching and mentoring peers, and giving and receiving feedback
  • Gain facilitation skills through role-playing, group exercises, self-reflection, and group and instructor feedback sessions
  • Attain mentorship from BLI staff and returning Leadership Teaching Fellows
  • Learn BLI Leadership Lab and Foundations in Leadership content in detail and contribute to ongoing curriculum development efforts
  • Work towards individual professional development and leadership goals
  • Develop confidence and abilities in facilitation and public speaking through experiential learning
  • Experience overseeing and coaching a diverse set of teams and projects
  • Learn to effectively give and receive critical feedback
  • Attain the skills to lead mindfulness and contemplative practice activities

Learn more

  • Time requirement: 7-10 hours per week
  • Eligibility: Must have completed either ALA (174) BLI Leadership Lab or ALA (175) BLI Foundations in Leadership
  • Application for Fall 2024: Closes April 14
  • Compensation: $16/hour
  • The BLI Applied Leadership Fellowship qualifies as a Blue Experience of the Michigan Leadership Certificate. 


“I think the most important aspect of becoming a PF that fascinates me is the ability to facilitate so many different project groups and to see how the team members grow stronger as leaders and how they work better as a team as time goes. Moreover, it is also great to see how the teams work through different challenges and bring their action plan and project to life by working closely together towards their ultimate goals. I really enjoy helping people address the topics that are important to them. Most importantly, you as a leader can practice your skills and widening the breadth of your knowledge. It really is a win-win opportunity that not only helps your mentees improve, but yourself along the way as well.”

Ken Zhang, Leadership Teaching Fellow

“Being a PF has challenged me to grow in ways that I both expected and did not expect. I came in walking to develop my public speaking skills, and I achieved that, as teaching a class forces you to. But, I also worked on my interpersonal skills when interacting with my fellow PFs and the groups that I mentored. I gained dispute settlement and problem solving skills and learned how to implement improvisation into my presentation skills and unexpected situations.”

Semia Clay, Leadership Teaching Fellow