How to Become a Teaching Fellow
In order to apply for a Trent Teaching Fellowship, candidates are asked to complete the application form with the following information:
- Project Outline
- Project Goals, including the needs, gaps, and/or challenges being addressed
- Project Description, including the project scope, methods, activities, theoretical framing, and relevant scholarship on teaching and learning
- Intended Outcomes/Impacts, including a proposed method for evaluating the project, and a knowledge mobilization plan detailing intended methods of disseminating the results and learning and engaging the broader university community
- Timelines for the project over the course of the three-year fellowship
- Proposed Budget that outlines all projected expenses
Candidates are also asked to attach the following documents to the application form:
- Curriculum vitae
- Teaching philosophy statement
- Three letters of support (potential letter writers could include Department Chairs, Deans, colleagues or students)
Submission Deadline: June 15, 2018
Expectations of the Teaching Fellow
Each Teaching Fellow is expected to:
- offer at least 2 workshops to colleagues
- lead a professional learning circle (2-4 meetings with people interested in a common topic selected by the Fellow)
- complete the teaching and learning project
- publish an article or present at a peer reviewed conference about the teaching and learning project undertaken
- prepare a brief final report
Projects undertaken by Trent Teaching Fellows should involve initiatives that foster teaching excellence and innovation and the enhancement of student learning at Trent University. Projects should be achievable within the three-year time period.
Sample Fictitious Projects
- A professor works to re-think and pilot new curriculum delivered prior to and during students engaging in community-engaged research, with a goal of improving skills and competencies such as civic engagement, professionalism, communication, time management, project planning, problem solving, and empathy.
- A professor investigates the impact of new active learning approaches to teaching first year nursing students, with a goal of overcoming the barriers for successful mastery of medication dose calculations while fostering short and long-term knowledge retention.
- A professor develops and assesses the impact of new assignments where students combine experiential learning and scholarly reading and discussion to critically contribute to and create new Wikipedia articles, with a goal of strengthening students’ media and information literacy, critical thinking, research, collaboration, presentation, and targeted writing skills.
- A professor redesigns, delivers, and evaluates new versions of two courses so that they are entirely case-based, and so that all of the cases studied in these courses come from the news of the past five years, with a goal of increasing students’ critical thinking about ethics, media literacy, and their engagement with the world around them.
- A professor researches and develops a new course on the comparative history of genocide, utilizing film and the digital humanities and offering innovative assignments, with a goal of learning how to maximize student learning while minimizing student anxiety when teaching about difficult subjects.
Criteria for Selection
Applications for Teaching Fellowships will be reviewed with consideration for the extent to which the following criteria are met:
i. Qualifications of the proposed Teaching Fellow
- Exhibits a range or depth of teaching experience within a variety of teaching contexts
- Demonstrates commitment to student engagement
- Tenured or tenure-track position
ii. Quality of the proposal
- Project involves exploration of innovative and/or in-depth methods of teaching-related activity
- Clear articulation of the goals and specific methods of the initiative, including how it will address existing needs, gaps, and/or challenges
- Grounding in scholarship and theoretical frameworks relevant to teaching and learning
- Specific, measurable, and realistic methods and timelines given the scope of the initiative
- Clear articulation of the intended outcomes and impacts to be achieved
- A plan for evaluating the success of the initiative
- Meaningful plan for engaging the broader university community beyond traditional dissemination of results
- A preliminary budget that outlines and justifies all projected expenses
- Proposal demonstrates promise of excellence, passion, and/or insights in the areas of teaching, educational leadership, and/or scholarship in teaching and learning
Submissions are due by June 15, 2018. Deliberation and selection will take place during the month of June, and all candidates will be notified of the outcome by the end of June. The new Trent Teaching Fellows will begin their three-year terms as of August 1, 2018.
The selection committee consists of:
- Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning (Chair)
- One Dean or the Provost & VP Academic
- CTL Teaching Awards Coordinator
- CTL Educational Developer
- Tenured or Tenure-track faculty representing a range of disciplines
- Two current teaching fellows
- Director, Office of Research
- CTL Administrative Coordinator (Documentation for Committee)
Questions regarding Trent Teaching Fellowships can be directed to Adam Guzkowski, Teaching Awards Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.