Call for Proposals: Reinert Center Fellows
The Reinert Center is pleased to announce a call for proposals for up to three Faculty Fellowships for the 2014-2015 academic year. Contributions from Reinert Center Fellows are vital to the ongoing work of the Center. In the past, Fellows have helped to shape and advance the Center's mission, expand its programs and online resources, and build new partnerships toward establishing a culture of evidence-based teaching and learning at SLU.
Reinert Center Fellows will work on a specific project during the fellowship year, as described in their proposals. (Sample projects are described below.) We seek proposals for projects that will: 1) enhance the applicant's knowledge and expertise on a particular topic related to pedagogical strategies, course design, and/or research on teaching and learning, and 2) enhance or supplement Reinert Center programs and/or resources. Projects should result in a tangible development opportunity for other SLU educators (from a range of disciplines) as a means to enhance pedagogical knowledge and skills across the campus.
Proposals are due no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, February 17, 2014. Proposal guidelines can be found below. (A complete PDF of the Call for Proposals also may be found here.)
Projects should focus on a specific topic related to pedagogical strategies, course design, and/or research on teaching and learning. Proposals should clearly articulate the phases of the project, the product(s) that will result, how the proposed project will enhance the applicant's knowledge and skills, how the project is suited to the Reinert Center mission, and how the project might contribute to the pedagogical development of other SLU faculty.
Examples of projects that might be appropriate for Reinert Center Fellows are as follows:
- Prepare a white paper (considering existing research) that summarizes the literature on flipped classroom strategies, looking in particular at what makes this choice effective for student learning; conduct a teaching workshop or series of brown bag conversations on teaching to share lessons learned.
- Identify strategies for effectively structuring team-based learning, with an emphasis on how best to assess and grade student collaborative work, and develop a teaching resource guide to disseminate this information to the larger SLU teaching community.
- Develop a workshop series for the Reinert Center focused on teaching international students, perhaps in collaboration with other campus units.
- Develop a resource for the Reinert Center website that would help faculty design and teach graduate-level courses (including how they might differ from undergraduate courses).
- Create a Google site (or other web-based tool) that can serve as a resource and repository for faculty interested in integrating Ignatian pedagogy into their teaching more intentionally and sharing materials with other like-minded faculty.
- Develop a course re-design planning tool to help faculty to convert an existing lecture-based course to a more inquiry-based curriculum.
- Conduct a study on the outcomes of a particular teaching strategy and present the findings as a workshop or facilitated discussion.
Proposals will be reviewed by Reinert Center staff and current Reinert Center Fellows. The selection committee will be looking for:
- A clear, detailed description of the project to be undertaken, including a general timeline for completion and the product(s) that will result from the project
- A description the applicant's interest in the topic, including how the project will enhance her/his knowledge and/or skills
- A consideration of how the proposed project is suited to the Reinert Center mission and of how it may enhance or supplement existing Center programs and/or resources
- A clear articulation of how the project would benefit other SLU faculty
- A brief description of the kinds of assistance and/or materials that may be needed in order to successfully complete the project
Completed proposals, including the dean/chair Statement of Support Form, must be submitted to Mary Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, February 17, 2014. Final selections will be made no later than March 3, 2014.
Questions about the faculty fellowships may be directed to Gina Merys (email@example.com).