2021–22 Fellows to Support A&S Teaching Quality Initiative
The 2021–22 cohort of Faculty Fellows will be different from past years' offerings. Instead of pursuing individual projects of interest, all of the fellows' culminating projects will involve leading their departments in constructive conversations and consensus-building to define and document teaching quality. This dedicated cohort is one of ASSETT's contributions to supporting the recently announced plan for departments in the College of Arts and Sciences to develop discipline-specific standards and measures for evaluation.
The call for the 2021–2022 cohort of Faculty Fellows is open until January 18, 2021. Candidates for this cohort must be nominated by their department chair to be considered.
What Is the Faculty Fellows Program?
The ASSETT Faculty Fellows Program is a collaborative community of faculty from the College of Arts & Sciences who address teaching, learning, and technology challenges within their individual departments. With support from ASSETT staff, Fellows provide leadership and guidance by facilitating constructive conversations, workshops, or other events aimed at identifying, clarifying, and reducing barriers within their departments. Fellows serve as mentors, leaders, and liaisons to promote and prioritize continuous improvement of the undergraduate learning experience.
"The best part of being a Faculty Fellow, to me, has been the wonderful cross-disciplinary discussions with colleagues from across the campus. It made me realize how much we have in common even when our disciplines seem like they are opposites. Talking about ways of promoting or assessing critical thinking or discussing how to assess if our assignments meet learning goals is one kind of conversation between a bunch of people who teach the same subject. It is entirely different in surprising and enlightening ways when you put together a historian, a mathematician, a biologist, and a writing instructor, for instance."
-- Nicole Jobin, 2017–18 Faculty Fellow
Foster communication, identify departmental interests and needs, provide departmental leadership and resources around best teaching practices, and act as an ambassador and communication conduit for ASSETT and OIT resources.
Stimulate departmental and cross-departmental conversations around technology integration as a means to contribute to a larger culture shift toward evidence-based pedagogy, active learning, and student-centered approaches.
Develop a collaborative network of faculty committed to excellence in education.
Cultivate a network of advocates and mentors located within academic departments to provide guidance and leadership in teaching and learning.
Who Should Apply?
Ideal candidates have a history of advancing education in their department or the college and can adopt a leadership role around teaching in their department. If you have an interest in evidence-based pedagogical approaches, implementing academic technologies, and professional development to advance departmental teaching goals, you should apply!
Benefits include recognition as a Faculty Fellow and leader supported by the college in ways that advance your service record around our collective educational mission. Second, you will work closely with ASSETT/OIT staff and educational scholars, gaining access to resources. Third, you will develop a network of engaged scholars to support the College’s educational mission around relevant and important issues in higher education.
Ten (10) Faculty Fellowships will be awarded. Fellowships require a three-semester commitment and include a $3000 professional development award (not to be used as a salary stipend). Fellows will participate in a bi-monthly seminar during spring 2021, then they will facilitate their department's efforts to develop teaching quality standards during the 2021–22 academic year. Ideal candidates will possess:
- Interest and commitment to excellence in teaching and learning
- Ability to positively impact teaching and learning in their department
- Bandwidth and ability to fulfill a three-semester commitment.
Questions about the program or the application process may be directed to Amanda McAndrew, ASSETT’s Faculty Services Portfolio Manager.