Published: Oct. 23, 2019

cu dialogues faculty fellow The CU Dialogues Faculty Fellowship aims to encourage CU Boulder faculty (tenure track or instructors) to incorporate dialogue principles and practices into existing courses by providing resources and support. The fellowship runs from January 2020 through December 2021. A “notes from the field” style report is due by May 2022. Fellowship applications are due Nov 27, 2020 (see below for application details).
To learn about the 2018-19 fellows, click here.

Benefits for Dialogues Faculty Fellow

  • Resources: the Faculty Fellow receives $2000 total as summer pay or professional development funds.

  • Professional Development: the Faculty Fellow will…

    • deepen their understanding of the theory and practice of dialogue

    • create plans to incorporate dialogue practices in their course(s)

    • improve ability to teach complex topics in non-polarizing ways 

  • Membership in a professional learning community: the Faculty Fellow exchanges ideas and shares teaching experiences with other faculty members who have held dialogues in their courses.

Timeline and Deliverables from Faculty Fellow

Spring Semester 2021

  • Fellow meets for 1-2 sessions with CU Dialogues Program staff to learn about theory and practice of classroom dialogue

  • Dialogues Program staff facilitate dialogues in Fellow’s class(es) during the semester

Summer 2021

  • Fellow commits to

    • reading about dialogic practices, including resources suggested/provided by Dialogues Program staff

    • revising syllabus, including developing new modules in which dialogues will be used during Fall 2020

Fall Semester 2021

  • Implement dialogues, dialogic practices in course(s)

  • Participate in community of Practice (AY 21-22)

By May 31, 2022

In lieu of a formal report, the Fellow agrees to write a 1500-2500 word “notes from the field” brief for publication on the CU Engage website. The goal of this document is to share with CU Engage faculty the experience of integrating dialogue and dialogic practices into your teaching.


About the CU Dialogues Program

The CU Dialogues Program facilitates classroom dialogues that generate open discussion of difficult or controversial topics, promote engaged learning and enable participants to gain a deeper understanding of their own and others’ perspectives on an issue. A classroom dialogue is a facilitated conversation on a specific issue or topic that encourages students to share their experiences and speak from their own perspectives while also challenging them to understand why they hold a particular perspective. Through dialogue, participants gain a deeper understanding of their own and others’ perspectives and learn to consider differing viewpoints side-by-side. A dialogue is not a debate; while disagreement is an important component of dialogue, the facilitator asks participants to disagree with curiosity, in order to understand rather than attack a different perspective. A dialogue sparks engaged learning and supports inclusive practices in the classroom. 


How to Apply

Please send an electronic file containing the following items to CU Dialogues Program Director, Dr. Karen Ramirez at  

  1. CV

  2. Statement of interest with explanation of 

    1. how/why you hope to use dialogue and dialogic practices in your teaching 

    2. how you will integrate dialogue practice into your class(es)

    3. learning objectives you hope to meet through dialogue practice in your class(es)

  3. Syllabus/syllabi for course/courses in which you intend to incorporate dialogues, with relevant sample assignments, e.g. critical thinking, discussion assignments

  4. Letter of support from Department Chair


Questions about the fellowship can be addressed to:

Dr. Karen Ramirez
CU Dialogues Program Director

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