Innovative Teaching Fellowship Program
Each semester, the Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning (CTTL) awards Innovative Teaching Fellowships to faculty selected to teach in Saint Louis University's innovative 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. The application period for the Innovative Teaching Fellowship is closed until Fall 2013 (to teach in the Learning Studio in Fall 2014 with a course release for Spring 2014). The next call for applications will go out in early September 2013, with Fellowship applications due on October 2, 2013. More details will be posted on the CTTL website in late August 2013.
All full-time 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.)
Applicants must submit a complete application, along with department chairperson and dean's approvals. Those awarded the Fellowship must teach the course described in the application.
A pre-submission consultation with the staff of the Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning is required. During the consultation, the applicant will visit the Learning Studio, brainstorm ideas to incorporate in her/his course design, and discuss questions about the application process and the course (re)design process. Faculty who are considering applying for a Fellowship also are strongly urged to attend an open forum, where they can preview the Learning Studio and get some preliminary ideas that can be further developed in the consultation.
Applications will be reviewed by representatives from the CTTL 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 the CTTL 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 CTTL 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 Designer (ID) in the CTTL, 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 and to prepare two 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, to participate in an on-going community of practice, and to share notable results with the academic community. To better understand the Instructional Designer and Fellow relationship, applicants are strongly encouraged to read the Instructional Design Statement of Practice here.
For a list of current and previous Innovative Teaching Fellows and their bios, visit our Innovative Teaching Fellows page.