Call for Proposals
Application process Closed Until Spring of 2019
With the support of the Provost’s Office, the Faculty Center for Professional Excellence (FCPE) is pleased to invite proposals from faculty who wish to join the 2018-2019 Teaching Fellows cohort. The purpose of the program is to provide support, resources and community for Fellows to expand their expertise in teaching as they engage in an intensive evidence-based course development process or develop a “Teaching as Research” project. Fellows will also share their growing expertise with colleagues at the departmental, school/college, and campus levels to contribute to a culture of teaching excellence at Adelphi University.
Selected Fellows will attend an orientation in late August 2018 and a two day winter intensive in January 2019, as well as one monthly two hour seminar, each month, throughout the academic year to discuss evidence-based teaching topics and the progress of their projects. Fellows will receive 3 credits of release from teaching in the Spring 2019 semester, and a $1,500 grant to be used specifically for the implementation of their teaching project.
For information about the Teaching Fellows program, click here.
The Teaching Fellows program is open to:
- Full-time Adelphi faculty: tenure-track, clinical and lecturers
- With at least two full semesters of teaching experience at Adelphi
- Who are promising, committed teachers
- Who have endorsement and support from their department
Six Fellows will be selected.
Deadline for Submission: Monday April 30
Proposals will be reviewed by a committee comprised of Adelphi faculty members, including Teaching Fellows from the 2017-2018 cohort. Names will be redacted from proposals. Selected Fellows will be notified by Friday May 25.
Selection criteria will include:
- Strength of course development proposal or “Teaching as Research” project including feasibility, innovation, utilization of high-impact practices, significance for university, departmental or curricular initiatives.
- Evidence of commitment to teaching and teaching-related professional development in the CV and the proposal.
- Evidence of departmental support for the project and potential to have a positive impact on the departmental teaching culture.
- Potential to improve student success rates in historically challenging courses (when applicable).
Given the above criteria, efforts will be made to assemble a diverse group of fellows representing a variety of disciplines and faculty at different career stages.
During the 2018–19 academic year, Fellows will:
- Attend an orientation to the Teaching Fellows Program in late August 2018.
- Attend a welcome dinner for Fellows at the start of the Fall 2018 semester and a culminating event in late spring of 2019.
- Attend four 2-hour lunchtime cohort seminars with readings, assignments and some special guest facilitators during both the fall and spring semesters (8 meetings total).
- Complete readings and other monthly assignments focusing on evidence-based teaching practices and effective course design.
- Participate in Peer Teaching Observations, observing and being observed by other Teaching Fellows for formative feedback only and to assist in the development of a peer observation culture at Adelphi (not related to the tenure or promotion process).
- Assemble a portfolio of artifacts and reflections from the work done in the seminars and online modules.
- Participate in a two-day intensive workshop during the January intersession.
- Design or substantially redesign a course based on principles of backward design, and current research on teaching effectiveness and course design. Possibilities include but are not limited to: redesigning a course for a new modality such as blended or fully online, redesigning a course based on principles of inclusive teaching, integration or application of innovative pedagogical practices and/or practices from another discipline such as POGIL or a “studio” model, creating a service learning course, a flipped course, a project-based-learning course, a new FYE course or a course designed around key disciplinary questions.
- Alternatively, develop a Teaching as Research project or pilot that involves the application of a process of inquiry to investigate a teaching related question or problem, and the collection and analysis of data/evidence with the goal of improving student learning outcomes. Proposals should include a research question or hypothesis, a preliminary lit review that includes citations for a minimum of three articles related to your investigation and a brief summary of those findings and a description of the goals of your investigation.
- Participate in evaluation activities to assess the effectiveness of the Teaching Fellows Program.
- Offer a workshop or other interactive session, based on their fellowship work, as part of the Fall 2019 Adelphi Teaching and Learning Conference.
Completed application packages are due by midnight on Monday April 30, 2018.
Applicants should submit the following:
- A brief letter from your department chair (1-2 pages) that includes:
- A statement of support for your involvement in the program.
- Willingness to guarantee and accommodate your 3 credits of release time in Spring 2019, if you are selected. No exceptions here, the release time is crucial.
- A statement about how your proposed fellowship project fits in with the larger goals and vision of the department and how they see your work as a Fellow benefitting the department as a whole.
- A current CV
- A letter of application (3-5 pages) in which you propose the course design project or “Teaching as Research” project you would like to undertake during your fellowship year. Include the following details:
- For Course Design projects:
- Course title and how it fits into a program of study.
- Description of the proposed revisions or innovations.
- Rationale for the proposed revisions or innovations.
- Description of how this project can contribute to the teaching culture in your department during and after your fellowship year.
- For Teaching as Research projects:
- A research question or hypothesis.
- A preliminary lit review that includes citations for a minimum of three articles related to your investigation and a brief summary of those findings.
- A description of the goals of your investigation and the course or courses where you will implement your investigation.
- Description of how your project will contribute to the teaching culture in your department, during and after your fellowship year.
- For Course Design projects:
For questions please contact Belle Gironda, firstname.lastname@example.org or Nathalie Zarisfi, email@example.com.