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. Fellowships are for a two-semester period, with course development taking place the first semester and teaching in the Learning Studio taking place in the second semester.
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 steps: 1) attend a required Pre-Application Information Session; 2) secure approval of your chair/director and dean on the required form; and 3) prepare and submit a complete application.
The purpose of the information session is to provide additional information about
the Learning Studio, the Fellowship, and the application process.
Faculty also may choose to attend an optional Pre-Application Consultation with Reinert Center staff prior to submitting their applications. These consultations provide an opportunity for faculty to share their ideas with an instructional developer and to ask questions about the application form. Pre-application consultations will occur after the information sessions and before the application deadline.
Applications will be reviewed by representatives from the 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 or a stipend, 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.
During the course development phase of the fellowship (semester one), fellows meet weekly with a Reinert Center Instructional Developer; create and/or revise course documents; and submit a mid-term and end-of-term report on progress. During the teaching phase of the fellowship (semester two), fellows teach the newly (re)designed course in the Learning Studio, continue to work closely with the Reinert Center Instructional Developer, and share their fellowship experience with the larger SLU community. Fellows also may be asked to participate in research being conducted in the Learning Studio (as applicable). To better understand the Instructional Developer and Fellow relationship, applicants are strongly encouraged to read the Instructional Developer Statement of Practice.
For a list of current and previous Innovative Teaching Fellows and their bios, visit Innovative Teaching Fellows.