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Call for Proposals: Reinert Center Fellows

The Paul C. Reinert, S.J., Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce a call for proposals for up to three Faculty Fellowships in the 2016-2017 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 work on specific projects, which they propose, during the fellowship year. (Sample projects are described below.) Fellows receive a stipend of $1,000 (to be disbursed at $500 per semester).

At this time, we seek proposals for projects that will enhance the applicant's knowledge and expertise on a particular teaching topic and that will enhance/supplement Reinert Center programs and/or resources. Projects should result in a tangible faculty 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 on Monday, February 15, 2016, at 5 p.m. Proposal guidelines can be found below. (A complete PDF of the Call for Proposals also may be found here.)

Proposal Format

Proposals must respond to all questions on the Faculty Fellowship Proposal Form and must be accompanied by a Statement of Support signed by the applicant's department chair and dean.

Project Expectations

To be considered, proposals must describe projects that:

  1. Focus on a specific topic related to pedagogical strategies, course design, and/or research on teaching and learning;
  2. Have a demonstrable ability to enhance faculty development on that topic;
  3. Are broadly applicable for faculty from a broad range of disciplines across the University; and that
  4. Enhance the Reinert Center's current faculty development offerings.

Additionally, proposals should clearly articulate the phases of the project, the faculty development opportunity 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 is expected to contribute to the pedagogical development of other SLU faculty from a range of disciplines across the University.

Faculty who propose projects involving the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (that is, conducting original research on and/or helping other faculty to develop skills for producing original research on teaching and learning) may wish to be considered for the Mary L. Stephen Faculty Fellowship for Scholarly Teaching.

Sample Projects

Examples of projects that might be appropriate for Reinert Center Fellows are as follows:

  • Create an online resource or a set of research-based guides to help faculty identify specific strategies for advancing diversity and inclusion initiatives in their own courses.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Conduct a study on the outcomes of a particular teaching strategy and present the findings as a workshop or facilitated discussion, with an emphasis on how instructors from other disciplines might apply those lessons in their own courses.

Selection Criteria

Proposals will be reviewed by Reinert Center staff and current, or past, Reinert Center Fellows.  The selection committee will be looking for:

  • Detailed description of the project to be undertaken, including a timeline for completion and the tangible faculty development opportunity that will result 
  • Explanation of the applicant's interest in the topic, including how the project will enhance her/his own knowledge and/or skills
  • Description of how the project would benefit other SLU faculty, from a broad range of disciplines, beyond the applicant's own department/college
  • Articulation of how the proposed project is suited to the Reinert Center's strategic plan and of how the project is expected to enhance or supplement existing Center programs and/or resources
  • Brief description of the kinds of assistance and/or materials that may be needed in order to successfully complete the project

Proposals for projects that make a measurable contribution to the Reinert Center's current strategic plan will be especially competitive.

Submission Process

Completed proposals, including the dean/chair Statement of Support Form, must be submitted to Mary Cook at mcook25@slu.edu no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, February 15, 2016.  Final selections will be made no later than March 2, 2016.

Questions about the Reinert Center, or this fellowship, may be directed to Dr. Gina Merys(gmerys@slu.edu).

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