Innovative Teaching Fellowship
Each semester, the Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning awards Innovative Teaching Fellowships to faculty selected to teach in Saint Louis University's Learning Studio through a competitive application process. Applications are solicited at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters, for course (re)design work in the following semester and for teaching in the following year.
All full-time, permanent teaching faculty at Saint Louis University are eligible to apply for an Innovative Teaching Fellowship. Priority consideration is given to applicants who have not previously received the Fellowship. (Note: No faculty member may receive an Innovative Teaching Fellowship in two consecutive years.)
The application process for the Innovative Teaching Fellowship includes the following: 1) attendance at a required pre-application information session; 2) a required pre-application consultation with a Reinert Center staff member, to brainstorm possible uses of the Learning Studio to be explored further in the application; and 3) a complete application, including a signed form acknowledging the support of an applicant's dean and department chair.
Applications will be reviewed by representatives from Reinert Center staff and SLU faculty. Priority consideration will be given to applications that:
- Include creative ideas for maximizing the use of the Learning Studio space and technologies to support student learning;
- Contain a method for assessing the impact of the proposed (re)designed course;
- Identify ways to serve as an instructional model for use by other SLU faculty; and
- Identify ways to contribute to the research on teaching in innovative, technology-rich spaces.
Applicants also are encouraged to consider including collaborative distance learning projects.
Benefits to Recipients
Benefits of receiving an Innovative Teaching Fellowship include:
- Assistance and support from Reinert Center staff with course (re)design, technology training, and assessment and evaluation strategies;
- One semester, one course reduced teaching load, to support the course (re)design work;
- Opportunity to interact and share ideas with other Fellows and with Center staff;
- Use of Learning Studio to explore new ways of engaging students and integrating technologies into teaching; and
- Opportunity to teach the (re)designed course in the Learning Studio in the semester following the (re)design, or in future semesters, based on availability of the Learning Studio.
Successful applicants are expected to work closely with an Instructional Developer (ID) in the Reinert Center, meeting regularly to articulate learning goals and explore specific tools and technologies that will help to meet those goals. We ask all Innovative Teaching Fellows to reflect on their experiences working with an ID in the first semester of the Fellowship (during the course release) and to prepare both brief mid-semester and end-of-semester reports that examine the instructional design collaboration and the ongoing course development process. Fellows also agree to participate in research related to the Learning Studio space and technologies (if applicable), to participate in a community of practice, and to share notable results with the academic community. To better understand the Instructional Developer and Fellow relationship, applicants are strongly encouraged to read the Instructional Developer Statement of Practice here.
For a list of current and previous Innovative Teaching Fellows and their bios, visit our Innovative Teaching Fellows page.