Group photo of the Faculty Fellows

2022–2023 Fellows to Support A&S Teaching Quality Initiative

ASSETT’s annual call for Faculty Fellows is now open! Apply by December 20th for full consideration. This year our programming will focus on continuing to build your teaching repertoire in areas such as course design, active learning, inclusive teaching, teaching assessments, and teaching with technology. With support from ASSETT staff, Faculty Fellows serve as mentors, leaders, and liaisons to address teaching, learning, and technology needs and challenges within their individual departments. 

Change second paragraph, To apply, complete the online application by December 20, 2022. Candidates for this cohort must be nominated by their department chair to be considered.

Online Application

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

Program Goals

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Develop a collaborative network of faculty committed to excellence in education.

  4. 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 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.

Faculty fellows will participate in a seminar during spring 2022 with a cohort of interdisciplinary colleagues from across A&S. At the end of this seminar, fellows will propose a project to actively address identified teaching, learning, and technology challenge(s). For AY 2022-23, fellows will carry out their proposed projects, engage their departments where appropriate and share the results with their department and the wider A&S community. Additionally, ASSETT staff are available to support fellows work on projects. Fellowships require a three-semester commitment and include a $3000 professional development award. A cohort of up to 10 Fellows will be invited to participate. The seminar will consist of 8 meetings. The schedule will be determined by participants availability and preference for in-person or synchronously on Zoom. 

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 Manager.