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Faculty Development Fellows

The Faculty Development Fellows Program is designed to provide financial assistance to a faculty member to work on a specific teaching/learning project for one year from April through the following April.  The Fellow will explore the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) around that teaching/learning project and will work with VITAL to share what he or she has learned with other faculty.

The award for the fellowship is $3,000.  This covers a $2,500 stipend and $500 in faculty development funds to work with other faculty, such as books or meals.  In addition, there is another $1,000 available for the Fellow and runners up to attend the annual Midwest Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Conference in South Bend in April.

Potential projects could include:

  • Designing a Scholarship of Teaching & Learning project 
  • Developing pre-class assignments to get students ready to learn
  • Creating a Flipped Classroom
  • Using technology/social media to create an active learning environment 

The Fellow would be expected to do the following:

  • Develop and run one faculty development workshop and oversee one other FD activity of your choice (round table, book group, teaching square, FLC)
  • Write a blog article on your project
  • Attend and offer to present at the April Midwest SoTL Conference in South Bend for two years (once with next year’s fellow)
  • Hold regular planning meetings with VITAL

Applications for Faculty Development Fellowships shall be submitted to VITAL. All faculty with the rank of lecturer or above are eligible.

A Faculty Development Fellow shall file with VITAL a detailed report on his/her work, normally by June 1, following the year for which the award was granted. A copy shall also be filed with the Fellow’s department or college. If a subsequent application for a Faculty Development Fellowship is made on the basis of the same project, a detailed progress report on the work done under the earlier award shall accompany the application.