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Faculty Fellows Program

The Center for Academic Innovation is ecstatic to announce its new Faculty Fellows program, launching in Fall ’22! We anticipate selecting three Faculty Fellows who will begin work with CAI in September ’22 and work with our team through the end of Spring ’23.

The Faculty Fellow program is an opportunity to amplify faculty voices at WOU in support of teaching excellence. Fellows propose and complete a unique project, aligned with their area of interest and expertise, that helps expand the programs, workshops, and resources available to all WOU faculty. Fellows also have opportunities to explore pedagogy together and advance important conversations about teaching and learning at WOU by providing feedback and insight to Academic Affairs leadership.

The priority deadline for applications is July 1. If spots remain, applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Apply now to become a Faculty Fellow!

Learn more about the Faculty Fellows Program:

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Program Activities & Requirements

Overview

The Faculty Fellow program is structured to provide an opportunity to enhance support and programming for instructors at WOU, build a community of practice around supporting learner success, and provide insight and feedback to WOU’s leadership on opportunities and challenges for teaching and learning.

Each Faculty Fellow completes an individual project, with support and feedback from AI staff and other fellows, but there are additional components to the program. Some are required and some are optional.

Required Program Activities
  • Individual Fellowship Project
  • Fellows partake in a monthly conversation with other fellows to engage in shared inquiry into different pedagogical ideas and perspectives.
  • Fellows must check in regularly with the Faculty Fellow Coordinator. Meetings to touch base should occur 1-2 times per month.
Optional Program Activities
  • Each term, Faculty Fellows are invited to participate in a lunch to share feedback and insights with Academic Affairs leadership. 
  • Faculty Fellows are invited to participate in other Academic Innovation team meetings and events to provide perspectives and feedback. 

The Faculty Fellow program is facilitated by CAI’s Faculty Fellowship Coordinator. The Faculty Fellowship Coordinator serves as a mentor and guide to Faculty Fellows as they progress through the program. The Faculty Fellowship Coordinator works with Fellows to define their Fellowship Project, helps Fellows identify support and resources, tracks project progress, and facilitates the monthly pedagogical discussion.

Fellowship Project

The most intensive part of the Faculty Fellow program is the development and completion of a unique project that supports teaching and learning at WOU.

Each faculty fellow proposes and undertakes a unique project. During the first month of the program, the Faculty Fellow works with Academic Innovation to define the project. This includes identifying a schedule of milestones related to the project to be completed over the course of the academic year. The Faculty Fellow program coordinator, Dr. Amy Harwell, will work with each fellow to map out a plan for the project and mentorship as the project unfolds.

The Fellowship project should align with CAI’s mission and expand its programs or resources. On average, faculty fellows should plan to spend 10 hours per month working on their project. Collaboration with Academic Innovation staff is highly encouraged.

Examples of projects could include, but are not limited to:

  • Designing and facilitating a workshop series or training
  • Developing self-paced resources
  • Creating templates (e.g., course shells, activities, or assessments)
  • Supporting other faculty through one-on-one consultations or mentoring

The above are only illustrative and options are not limited to the above: faculty fellows pursue projects grounded in their own interests, expertise, and discipline.

Compensation & Time Commitment

Time Commitment

Each fellowship lasts from Fall term through the end of Spring term. Fellows should expect to spend at least 10 hours a month working on their project, engaging with cohort members, or contributing to conversation about teaching and learning at WOU.

Compensation

Faculty Fellows receive a total stipend of $3000, paid as $1000 each term (Fall, Winter, Spring). 

Faculty Fellows also receive in-kind support from Academic Innovation’s instructional designers and technologists necessary to complete their Fellowship Project.

In addition, funds may be provided for training and professional development related to the Fellowship Project, subject to approval and availability. 

Faculty Fellows are expected to complete the project milestones and attend events each term. Faculty Fellows who do not complete project milestones or miss events may have their fellowship discontinued. Discontinued fellowships will be paid only for the terms in which the fellowship was active. 

Application, Selection Criteria, & Eligibility

 Application Information

You can apply by filling out the Faculty Fellows Application form!

The priority deadline is July 1. Remaining positions will be filled on a rolling basis, if available.

Selection

Applicants who apply by the priority deadline will be informed of the decision by July 15.

The application will ask you to share information about:

  • Your teaching philosophy and teaching practice
  • Your interest in the program and any prospective thoughts about your fellowship project
  • Your thoughts on challenges and opportunities for teaching and learner success at WOU

These questions will help understand how applicant interest aligns with the goals of the program and if CAI can provide meaningful support to complete the project. Alignment with the goals of the program is the most important factor for selecting fellows.

If the pool is highly competitive, the extent to which proposed projects align with specific strategic focuses Academic Innovation has identified for the 2022-2023 academic year will be considered. Candidates with a record of proactive engagement with the Center for Academic Innovation and the work it undertakes may also receive preference. Academic Innovation’s focus areas for the upcoming academic year are:

  • Inclusive pedagogy
  • Universal design for learning
  • Canvas 2.0: Tools, strategies, and resources for elevating WOU’s Canvas usage as we move forward from our initial transition period
  • Interventions in high-DFW courses

Eligibility

This program is open to WOU instructors, including part-time and NTT faculty and staff with instructional duties.

Prospective fellows must have a record of teaching regularly at WOU. For our purposes, we are considering this to mean you have taught at least one course in at least three of the following terms: Winter ’21, Spring ’21, Summer ’21, Fall ’21, Winter ’22, Spring ’22.