Fellowship in Teaching Innovation Award

 

Deadline for applications: March 3, 2014

The purpose of the Fellowship in Teaching Innovation Award  is to encourage Western faculty members (full-time and part-time) to pursue teaching innovations at Western University.  Teaching innovation projects may take many forms, such as developing new strategies for student engagement or initiatives involving the novel incorporation of educational technology into classroom settings.  The Fellowship exists primarily, but not exclusively, to support undergraduate and professional school teaching at the University, matching Western's commitment to the highest standards and quality of undergraduate education.

The Fellowship in Teaching Innovation will be awarded through an annual competition adjudicated by a review committee comprised of three or four faculty members selected by the Provost (or designate).

Fellowship Value

One Fellowship up to $10,000 will be awarded annually
Recipients may use the funds awarded to develop teaching innovation projects through the purchase of release-time, support for graduate students, acquisition of technology, or to attend national or international teaching conferences.

Information Session

Thursday February 6th, 2014
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Teaching Support Centre, The D.B. Weldon Library, Room 121

Eligibility

  • The Fellowship is open to current faculty members (full-time and part-time) from any Western faculty (members of the Affiliated University Colleges are not eligible) at any stage in their teaching careers.
  • Fellowships may be awarded to support the development of a new innovation or in recognition of an existing innovation already in use at Western that would be enhanced by further development.

Requirements of Recipients

  • Fellowship recipients must be willing to share their advances in teaching with the rest of the University, through promotion or distribution by the Teaching Support Centre, the Instructional Technology Resource Centre or other appropriate mechanism.
  • Recipients must be willing to give a talk at the University about their innovation during the academic year in which the Fellowship is awarded.
  • Recipients must submit a final report outlining the success of the project and how the funds were used by September 1 following the academic year in which the Fellowship is awarded.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Impact or proposed impact on the quality of instruction at Western
  • Transferability to other courses/instructors
  • Sustainability of, and differentiation created for Western by, the innovation
  • Novelty of the innovation

All applications must be accompanied by an explanation of how the four criteria have been or will be met. The application must include a time line and benchmarks for delivery of the innovation.

Evaluation Committee

A committee of three or four faculty members selected by the Provost (or designate) will review the applications and recommend the recipients for the Fellowship to the Provost.

Timing

Applications are due by March 3rd. Decisions will be made by May 1, allowing the Teaching Innovation Fellowship recipient use of the funds for the following academic year.

Submission Guidelines

Application should consist of one printed copy, plus one electronic copy ( as a single file in Word or PDF format).  The electronic copy should be submitted by e-mail to jpurves@uwo.ca. The printed copy of the application should be forwarded to the Teaching Support Centre, Room 122, The D.B. Weldon Library. For further information/consultation or to review proposals, please contact Debra Dawson, Director, Teaching Support Centre by telephone at 519-661-2111 ext. 84621 or by email at dldawson@uwo.ca

There are five parts to the proposal submission:

  1. Summary Description of the Project (1 page Maximum)
  2. The Proposal (5 pages maximum)
  3. Short Curriculum Vitae (4 pages maximum)
  4. Teaching Philosophy Statement (1 page maximum)
  5. Application Cover Sheet with endorsements by the Chair/Director and Dean

Proposal submissions should include a rationale for the project; project objectives; time lines; the number of students affected by the project; a detailed budget outline (provide written quotes for travel and equipment) that indicates if funds are available and/or requested from other sources; a plan for the dissemination of the project outcome(s) within the University; a plan for the sustainability of, or differentiation created for Western by, the innovation. The teaching philosophy statement should discuss how the applicant's teaching philosophy relates to the teaching innovation.

Successful Applicants

Recipients of the award must agree to participate in either the Spring or Fall Perspectives on Teaching conference sponsored by the Teaching Support Centre or another appropriate venue within the University during the academic year in which the Fellowship is awarded. If the project proposed for the Fellowship involves research with human subjects, the researchers must complete the Ethics Review protocol

Project Evaluation Criteria

  • strengthens or enhances students' learning
  • promotes teaching method(s) that is/are new/innovative
  • includes a plan for relevant evaluation of learning/impact of learning
  • includes a conceptual framework/rationale and objectives for the project
  • develops teaching modules or innovations that have application to other courses/instructors
  • includes a budget outline with detailed explanations of costs
  • denotes a plan to sustain the project or innovation beyond the funding year
  • includes a plan for the dissemination of the project/innovation within The University of Western Ontario

Application Cover Sheet

Cover Sheet PDF

Past Fellowship Recipients

 

Recipient(s)

 



Department

 

Year

 

Project Title

Mark McDayter & Alison Conway English
Writing, Rhetoric & Professional Communciation
2013 Constructing Communities of Writing: New Technologies and Peer Instruction in the Humanities
Yolanda Babenko-Mould & Karen Ferguson Nursing 2012 Reconceptualizing 'Neighbourhood as Community': Innovation in Student Placement Settings

Bethany White, David Bellhouse, Sohail Khan, Mary Millard, Duncan Murdoch

Statistical and Actuarial Sciences

2011

"The Best of Both Worlds: Blending online and face-to-face instruction in Introductory Statistics”

Peter A. Ferguson & Bruce Fyfe

Political Science & The D.B. Weldon Library

2010

“Critical Success”: Developing a collaborative, fully integrated information literacy infrastructure into a Political Science curriculum

Barry Schwartz, Richard Bohay, Judy McCormick

Dentistry

2009

Evaluating the introduction of a patient’s voice in dental education through reflective experiential learning and self reported changes in empathy

Joerg Dietz

Richard Ivey School of Business

2008

Creating Cross-Cultural Experiences at The University of Western Ontario: Studying with International Exchange Students and Using Virtual Technologies

Tamie Poepping, Blaine Chronik, Ian MacDonald & Eugene Wong

Physics & Astronomy, Medical Biophysics

2007

Development of Medical Physics Lab Experiments for Teaching Physics

Karen Ferguson Barbara Sinclair

Nursing

2006

Integrated Curriculum Design

William Turkel

History

2005

Handheld Computing for Place-Based Learning

Tom Haffie

Biology

2005

PRESSWestern: Implementation of Personal Response Technology in Large Classrooms

Shelley McKellar

History

2004

Learning through Objects - Development of the UWO Medical Artifact Collection as a Teaching and Research Resource

Tom Stavraky

Physiology & Pharmacology

2003

Interactive Multimedia Modules for Higher Education in Human Physiology

Jin Jiang

Electrical & Computer Engineering

2002

An Innovative Approach using Advanced Technology to Enhancing the Effectiveness of Classroom Instruction and Laboratory Learning for Large Classes

Past Fellowship Recipients List PDF