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Dana Teaching Fellows – applications due October 9

Contributed by Gordon Rowland on 09/17/20 

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The Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) seeks faculty members for its Dana Teaching Fellows Program, an innovative program developed by faculty for faculty. Our Teaching Fellows are exemplary instructors and scholars who engage in development and scholarly activities that focus on teaching, contribute to their professional development, and support other faculty members.

Applications should be submitted to CFE@Ithaca.edu by October 9 for fellowships to begin in January and August 2021.

Program Description

Educational success at Ithaca College depends, above all else, on the commitment and inventiveness of our faculty. Excellence in undergraduate teaching and research must be rewarded and encouraged. To this end, the Center for Faculty Excellence has established a program to recognize faculty members who have profoundly influenced our students through their sustained and significant contributions to pedagogy and scholarship.

Teaching Fellows are faculty members from various departments who provide support to other faculty members aiming to enhance their students' learning and performance and to address shared teaching and scholarly challenges. Their support can take many forms: collaborating on CFE long-term programming, initiating new programming, leading CFE hosted events, one-on-one consultations, classroom observations, and/or other support depending on the specific circumstances. Pedagogical and research support can include helping faculty to think about designing a new course or revamping an existing course, examining a course to address inclusive excellence, implementing a new instructional strategy, designing curricula and assignments that promote authentic learning, implementing formative assessments, and addressing workflow efficiency. The Teaching Fellows Program builds on the robust experiences of faculty developers and faculty peers at the Center for Faculty Excellence. The Teaching Fellow positions are highly collaborative; the major program goal is to deploy pedagogical and scholarly expertise across the campus through faculty networks.  

Duration of fellowship is one year (fall/spring or spring/fall), with the possibility for yearly renewal up to maximum fellowship of three years. Fellows receive one three-credit course release and a $3,000 stipend per year plus support for professional development. The Teaching Fellows Program is open to all tenured and tenure-eligible faculty members as well as long-term non-tenure-eligible faculty members. 

Activities

Each Fellow will work on programs selected through a conversation and mutual agreement with the CFE Director and Assistant Director. The Fellow will meet regularly with the other Fellows, CFE Leadership, and staff members whose work relates to their selected  programs. The Teaching Fellows program is grounded in a distributed leadership model. CFE Leadership and the Teaching Fellow will jointly determine the final plan for implementation. 

Application Guidelines

In less than 1000 words, describe your experience and interest in faculty development. You may include proposals for work in specific areas in which a need or opportunity for faculty development is perceived. This work should be positioned alongside Ithaca College initiatives (e.g., the Strategic Plan) and have potential impact beyond one’s department. 

Attach a current curriculum vitae.

A letter of support from your chair or program director is required, also, and should: 

• verify the excellence of your undergraduate teaching, 

• express how the fellowship will contribute to your professional development, and 

• state that the three credits of reassigned time will fit within your annual teaching load. 

The application, curriculum vitae, and letter of support should be sent, together or separately, to the Center at CFE@Ithaca.edu by October 9.

Finalists for the fellowships will be interviewed by the CFE Director and Assistant Director, who will then make the selection. 

Contact the Center for Faculty Excellence for further information regarding the Teaching Fellows Program.

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