Published: Nov. 18, 2021

The CU Dialogues Faculty Fellowship aims to encourage CU Boulder faculty (Tenure Track or Instructors) to incorporate dialogue principles and practices into their courses by providing resources and support. We hope to sponsor three Dialogues Faculty Fellows in AY 2022-23

in order to develop the dialogue-based pedagogy of these fellows while also building a cohort of practitioners. The fellowship runs from May 2022 through May 2023. Fellowship applications are due Tuesday, January 18, 2022 by 5 pm. See below for application details.

● Benefits of the Fellowship

● Timeline of Fellowship Deliverables

● About the CU Dialogues Program

● How to Apply

Benefits of the Fellowship

● Resources: Faculty Fellows will receive $2000 for time spent over the whole year, paid out over the summer.

○ This can be received one of two ways:

■ as supplemental income, in which case it will be distributed as $1420 salary and $580 benefits.

■ As faculty development funds, in which case it will be held for you by your home department and can be drawn on for faculty development purposes.

● Professional Development: Faculty Fellows will:

○ deepen their understanding of the theory and practice of dialogue.

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

           ○ improve their ability to teach complex topics in non-polarizing ways.

● Professional Learning Community:

○ Faculty Fellows will exchange ideas and share teaching experiences with each other and the CU Dialogues Program faculty/staff.

○ They will have the opportunity to learn from a previous Dialogues Faculty Fellow as a mentor.

Timeline of Fellowship Deliverables

In advance of starting the fellowship, new Fellows will be paired with a previous Dialogues Faculty Fellow as a “mentor.” New Fellows are encouraged to meet with their mentor and/or CU Dialogues Program staff during the Spring 2022 semester in order to familiarize themselves with the Fellowship

May, 2022

The fellowship will start with a half-day Faculty Fellows workshop, scheduled between May 15 and May 31, 2022. Some pre-reading will be shared in advance of the workshop.

May - August 2022

● Study dialogic practices and how to incorporate them in your class(es) by:

      ○ Reading and researching about dialogic practices.

      ○ Revising syllabi, including developing new modules in which dialogues will be used during Fall 2022 or Spring 2023.

      ○ Meet with CU Dialogues Program staff once to discuss developing ideas. Fall 2022

● Integrate facilitated dialogues (in partnership with the CU Dialogues Program) and implement other dialogic practices in course(s).

● Participate in a panel presentation with other Fellows to share your learning/experience with dialogic pedagogy (October/November).

Spring 2023

● Continue to implement facilitated dialogues (in partnership with the CU Dialogues Program) and other dialogic practices in course(s).

● Mentor one new Faculty Fellow.

By May 11, 2023

In lieu of a formal report, the Fellows are asked to write an analytical memo or “notes from the field” brief/blog for distribution on the CU Engage website. The goal of this document is to share with other CU faculty some of your learning and experience from integrating dialogue and dialogic practices into your teaching over the fellowship year.

May, 2023

The fellowship ends with attendance at the opening of the Faculty Fellowship Workshop, scheduled between May 16 and June 3, 2023, where you will be asked to share your experiences as a Fellow with the next cohort of Faculty Fellows.

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 Applications are due Tuesday, January 18, 2022 by 5 pm​.

1. CV

2. Statement of interest with explanation of

a. how/why you hope to use dialogue and dialogic practices in your teaching, b. how you are considering integrating dialogue practice into your class(es), c. learning objectives you hope to meet through dialogue practice in your class(es). 3. Letter of support from Department Chair

4. Optional supporting material to help us understand your interest in dialogue, such as: a. Syllabus/syllabi for course/courses in which you intend to incorporate dialogues, b. relevant sample assignments, e.g. critical thinking, discussion assignments c. Community-based experiences

d. Research methods

Questions about the fellowship can be addressed to:

Dr. Karen Ramirez

CU Dialogues Program Director


To learn about some of our previous fellows, click here.