Reinert Center Fellows are vital to the ongoing work of the Center. Throughout the Center's history, faculty fellows have helped to shape and advance the Center's mission, expand its programs, services, and online resources, and build new partnerships toward establishing a culture of evidence-based teaching and learning at Saint Louis University. During the fellowship period, Reinert Center Fellows work on specific projects (that they propose) during the fellowship year, as described below.
The next Call for Proposals will be in spring 2015.
The purpose of the Reinert Center Fellowships is to create mutually-beneficial partnerships between Center staff and SLU faculty, to foster collaboration among SLU faculty on topics related to teaching and learning, and to enhance/supplement existing Center programs and resources. Additionally, these fellowships provide an opportunity for SLU faculty to deepen their understanding of and involvement with the Reinert Center and for the Center to better understand the pedagogical needs and interests of SLU faculty.
SLU faculty members who have a full-time, permanent teaching appointment in any academic department of the University, and who have (or will have) completed a minimum of 2 years of teaching at SLU by the beginning of the Fellowship term are eligible to apply.
Fellowships generally occur over the course of a single academic year. Depending on the scope and nature of a given project, fellowships may be renewable for one additional year.
During the fellowship period, Reinert Center Fellows:
- Work independently on their proposed projects, making consistent progress, collaborating with Reinert Center staff as needed, and communicating regularly with the Center's director
- Attend one Advisory Board meeting per semester to report on the status of their projects
- Agree to serve as a resource on their project topic for other instructors, including making the project public for other SLU faculty (e.g. a workshop, a facilitated conversation, an online resources, etc.)
- Write one blog post per semester for the Reinert Center blog (The Notebook), to share information with the wider SLU community on some aspect of their projects
- Complete their proposed projects
- Prepare a short reflection on their experience as a faculty fellow, including any recommendations for how their projects might evolve, at the end of the fellowship period
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.
Benefits to Faculty
Benefits of serving as a Reinert Center Fellow include:
- Professional development in an area of interest to the applicant focused on pedagogy, course design, and/or research on teaching and learning
- An opportunity to create resources and/or programs to enhance or supplement the Reinert Center's current offerings and to enhance pedagogical knowledge and skills among their peers
- The opportunity to work closely with Reinert Center staff to develop skills and expertise on a topic of their choice
- The potential for conference or other presentations (depending on the project)
- Recognition as a Reinert Center Fellow
- A stipend of $1,000 (to be disbursed at $500 per semester) to support development efforts and time commitment