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.

 Project Proposal Format


 Online Application Submission Form


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, with the exception of those in the Law School, 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.