FDC Faculty Fellows 2014-2015 Proposals Due March 10

| January 22, 2014

The Faculty Development Center (FDC) is accepting proposals for faculty fellows for the 2014-15 academic year. Faculty fellows work with the staff in the FDC on focus areas to improve student learning through professional development and support for faculty members. Application materials are due March 10.

The FDC has defined areas of focus that faculty are encouraged to address through their proposed fellowship work. We also welcome and encourage proposals beyond the suggested focus areas, and well-defined, creative, and innovative topics will be considered equally among proposals for the listed areas.

The two focus areas for the 2014-2015 academic year are 1) the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), 2) and any topic related to the implementation of a College, School, or Departmental curricular initiative that can be significantly advanced through faculty professional development.

Focus Area 1: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

The scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) is the recognition that excellent teaching in higher education is a discipline itself, in which with scholars perform research and share the results with peers.

The process that guides the scholarship of teaching and learning involves identifying best practices in teaching, conducting research related to the practice of interest, and disseminating the results with others. The selected Fellow in this area would be expected to make a contribution to faculty development for SoTL in two or more of the following area:

  • Identifying best practices for measuring learning
  • Designing evaluative tools that can measure learning outcomes
  • Qualitative and statistical analysis of learning measurements
  • Publishing and/or presenting findings based on SoTL results

Applicants are welcome to identify other contributions based on their experience with this focus area.

Focus Area 2: College, School, Departmental Curricular Initiative (of applicant’s choosing)

As faculty members engage in complex processes to revise and develop curriculum, they may find that there are key faculty development challenges that will not only meaningfully advance current initiatives, but which are also of interdisciplinary value to the university at large.  University initiatives, including the Deans’ Global Initiative, are leading to innovations in course design, development, and/or delivery that require faculty skills and knowledge for successful implementation.  This fellowship provides faculty members with resources and support for developing and delivering professional development components of such curricular initiatives.

Applicants with interest in working to create and deliver faculty development programs to support their college, school, or department initiatives are encouraged to apply and include an outline of how they envision working with their faculty colleagues. If appropriate, applicants are also encouraged to describe how their efforts will be of use to faculty members beyond their target audience, including potential contributions to FDC programs and resources (faculty learning communities, teaching festival, workshops, webinars, etc).

How to Apply

Visit the Faculty Development Center page for complete details of this program, including information regarding the application and selection process and compensation.

For questions or other inquiries, please contact Erik Palmore, director, Faculty Development Center, at palmoeri@webster.edu or 314-246-8648.

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