Published: Jan. 10, 2023

The CU Dialogues Faculty Fellowship aims to encourage CU Boulder faculty (at any rank) to incorporate dialogue principles and practices into their courses by providing resources and support. We intend to sponsor 2-3 Dialogues Faculty Fellows in AY 2023-24 in order to develop the dialogue-based pedagogy of these fellows while also building a cohort of practitioners. The fellowship runs from May 2023 through May 2024. Fellowship applications are due Monday March 10 by 5pm.  See below for application details.

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 the full $2000 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 in April in order to familiarize themselves with the Fellowship

May, 2023

The fellowship will start with a half-day Faculty Fellows workshop, scheduled between May 15 and May 31, 2023. Some pre-reading will be shared in advance of the workshop.

May - August 2023

● 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 2023 or Spring 2024.

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

Fall 2023

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

Spring 2024

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

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

● Mentor one new Faculty Fellow (April).

By May 11, 2024

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, 2024

The fellowship ends with some sharing of your experiences as a Fellow with the upcoming cohort of Fellows.  This can take place by attending the outset of the Faculty Fellowship Workshop, scheduled between May 15 and May 31, 2024, or by pre-recording a message. 


How to Apply

Please send an electronic file containing the following items to CU Dialogues Program Director, Dr. Karen Ramirez at Applications are due Monday, March 10, 2023 by 5pm.

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.

About the CU Dialogues Program

The CU Dialogues program is housed in CU Engage in the School of Education and serves the campus at large by providing facilitated dialogue coaching and dialogue practice for students, staff, and faculty.  The CU Dialogues Program is committed to the practice of open dialogue that intentionally focuses on equity, justice, and the inclusion of diverse voices.  In addition to facilitating 60-75 dialogues in CU classes across the curriculum each year, we sponsor an annual Faculty Fellowship to support faculty interested in developing dialogue as a pedagogy within their field; we sponsor an undergraduate class on dialogue theory and practice; we provide workshops on dialogue as a pedagogy for faculty, staff, and graduate teaching assistants, and since 2020 we have coordinated a staff-to-staff dialogue project within CU's Finance and Business Strategy (FBS) unit.