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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: Closed
  • Compensation: $16/hour
  • The BLI Applied Leadership Fellowship qualifies as a Blue Experience of the Michigan Leadership Certificate. 


“It has been so much fun seeing how everything works behind-the-scenes, and has given me a better perspective on what it would be like to fully teach a course as a professor or GSI. However, as a student, I can better connect with my students and develop more meaningful connections. I've learned so much through this role, especially in leadership, which I know shouldn't be too surprising, but when I think about it, I realize how far I've come in public speaking, facilitating, and managing teams. I am so glad to have had this opportunity and I highly encourage everyone to take the chance and apply :) ”

Mindy Huang, Leadership Teaching Fellow

“Think of the BLI as a space for growth..." are the words I use to start every semester of ALA 174 and 175. More than anything, the wisdom I gather from my colleagues continues to fine-tune my perception of even the most hidden opportunities for growth. Although my title reads Leadership Teaching Fellow, teaching is just as much a form of learning – learning how my leadership philosophy evolves with me, learning how to find comfort in discomfort, and learning how to nurture growth in others. The BLI stands out as one of very few spaces in the world where every ounce of gratitude and love (feedback) is returned tenfold by its members, community, and mission, all of which are driven by a commitment to intention. I intend to continue investing in the BLI and the community we've built here, and I look forward to growing and connecting alongside the BLI's mindful leaders of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.”

Samantha Howden, Leadership Teaching Fellow