Teaching Fellows Program

Teaching Fellows Program

Call for Proposals for Fellowships Beginning September 1, 2015

The Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) is pleased to announce expansion of the Teaching Fellows Program.

Applications are invited for a three-year teaching fellowship, commencing September 1, 2015, on any of the following four themes:

  • Technology-enabled learning
  • Curriculum innovation and experiential learning
  • International education and global learning
  • Interdisciplinary learning

Full time Western Faculty members from the following areas are invited to apply:

  • ARTS AND HUMANITIES
  • ENGINEERING
  • INFORMATION AND MEDIA STUDIES
  • LAW
  • DON WRIGHT FACULTY OF MUSIC

Overview

In its Strategic Mandate Agreement (2012) Western affirmed its commitment to student success and student focused teaching and learning as part of the best student experience by providing funding to create the Teaching Fellows Program. The goal of the program is to enhance teaching innovation and teaching quality at Western by bringing together a cohort of outstanding Teaching Fellows – faculty members who will provide educational leadership, perform research on teaching, and disseminate the knowledge they acquire to the larger university community and beyond.

The long term vision for the initiative is to have one Teaching Fellow in each of the Faculties. In 2014, five Fellows were appointed to provide educational leadership and initiate and coordinate Faculty-specific programming and research around the theme of technology-enabled learning:

Please see the TSC’s Teaching Fellows page for more information about the projects of our current Fellows.

We are seeking up to five additional Teaching Fellows who will be selected competitively to work collaboratively with the Teaching Support Centre (TSC) and their Faculties. Since each Faculty may be represented by only one Fellow per 3-year term of the award, faculty members from Health Sciences, the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Social Science, Science and Education are ineligible to apply to this call.

The themes of this Teaching Fellows Program competition are: technology-enabled learning, curriculum innovation and experiential learning, international education and global learning, and interdisciplinary learning experience.

Appointment of Teaching Fellows

  • Teaching Fellows receive up to a 40% secondment from their Department/Faculty to the TSC for a three-year term, potentially starting September 1, 2015. Only one Teaching Fellowship will be awarded per Faculty.
  • Teaching Fellows will propose a research project or teaching innovation project on one of the following themes: technology-enabled learning, curriculum innovation and experiential learning, international education and global learning, or interdisciplinary learning.

  • Teaching Fellows are eligible for up to $10,000 funding per year for three years to conduct their scholarly project related to teaching and to support professional development activities within their Faculties. Monies may be used, for example, to fund graduate student research assistants, to support professional development activities within their home Faculty, or to present projects at national or international teaching conferences.

  • Teaching Fellows will receive support for their scholarly project from two eLearning and Curriculum Specialists, as well as by the TSC’s Educational Researcher and staff from the Instructional Technology Resource Centre.

  • Outcomes: Teaching Fellows may disseminate the results of their work in a variety of ways, such as through workshops in their home Faculty; presentations to the university community; consultations with faculty members; articles in academic publications; or presentations at conferences on teaching, such as the TSC’s Spring and Fall Perspectives on Teaching conferences, the Western Conference on Science Education, Western’s Technology in Education Symposium, or the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference.

Application Guidelines

Selection Process

  • Faculty-specific Teaching Fellows will be selected competitively by a panel comprised of faculty members and a member of the TSC based on their proposal of an innovative project to enhance teaching and learning in their home faculty.
  • Applications need to include the proposal of an innovative project to enhance teaching and learning in the home faculty of the applicant; and demonstrate a record of leadership in enhancing teaching and learning.
  • Proposals should address teaching needs in one of the following themes: technology-enabled learning, curriculum innovation and experiential learning, international education and global learning, or interdisciplinary learning.

Important Dates

  • Deadline for applications: June 1, 2015.
  • Applicants will be informed of the committee’s decision by July 1, 2015.
  • Up to five fellowships will be awarded beginning September 1, 2015.

Requirements of Recipients

  • Recipients participate in a three-day Great Teachers Seminar (retreat) during the summer/fall of 2015 (dates TBA) to prepare for their role and build their skills for educational leadership. During their term, recipients will be part of the research on teaching and learning community and will meet on a monthly basis to discuss their project.

  • Fellows must be willing to share their advances in teaching with the rest of the University, through promotion or distribution by the Teaching Support Centre; as well as beyond Western – through either publication or presentation at academic conferences (e.g. conferences on teaching in their discipline, or national and international conferences on university teaching, such as the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education; Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education; Western Conference on Science Education; Western’s Technology in Education Symposium).

  • Teaching Fellows must be willing to provide peer consultations on teaching to at least three colleagues over the three-year term, provide leadership and development on teaching dossiers to faculty, and evaluate grant proposals related to teaching and learning initiatives.

  • With the support of TSC staff, Teaching Fellows must initiate professional development activities around teaching and learning within their home Faculty.

  • Teaching Fellows will submit an interim report after each year of their appointment, in which they summarize their successes and provide a detailed breakdown of the use of project funds during that year. Interim reports are due by August 30th each year for Fellowships that start on September 1st.

  • Teaching Fellows must submit a final report outlining the results of their project and the impact of their activities on teaching and learning in the Faculty by August 30th at the end of their three-year Fellowship term.

Eligibility

  • All continuing members of full-time faculty (main campus) who are either limited term, tenure-track, or tenured*. For the current competition, limited duties faculty members are not eligible.

    *Faculty members from Health Sciences, the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Social Science, Science and Education are ineligible to apply to this call.

Submission Guidelines

Application should be submitted, in a single PDF file, by June 1, 2015 to Dr. Nanda Dimitrov, Teaching Support Centre, by e-mail: nanda.dimitrov@uwo.ca

There are seven parts to the proposal submission:

  1. Executive Summary of the Project (1 page maximum)
  2. The Proposal (5 pages maximum)
    Proposal should include: a rationale for the project; project objectives; expected impact of the project on teaching in the Faculty; time lines; the number of students/faculty/TAs affected by the project; a detailed budget outline** that includes written quotes; 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; overview of data analysis methods used if the projects includes research on teaching.

    **Please consult with the Instructional Technology Resource Centre group (elearning-tech@uwo.ca or Deanna Grogan at x85516) prior to including the purchase of any computer software or electronic devices in your proposed budget. In many instances, these resources can be provided centrally and need not be included in your budget calculations.
  3. Short Curriculum Vitae (4 pages maximum)
  4. Teaching Philosophy Statement (2 pages maximum)
  5. Evidence of Leadership in Teaching and Learning (i.e., regular workshops on teaching and learning; services to an educational development centre; support of a teaching and learning committee; grants for teaching and learning projects; research or publications on teaching and learning) (2 pages maximum)
  6. Letter of support from the Dean of the Faculty (confirming the percentage of time the candidate will be seconded from their home Faculty).
  7. Application Cover Sheet (pdf) with the signature of the applicant’s Chair/Director and Dean.

Project Evaluation Criteria

  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in university teaching
  • Demonstrated interest in the development of transformative teaching and learning practices and initiatives
  • Willingness to champion the importance of teaching excellence and student engagement in their home faculty
  • Project 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 impact or proposed impact of the proposed project on the quality of instruction at Western
  • Includes a conceptual framework/rationale and objectives for the project
  • Develops teaching modules or innovations that have application to other courses/instructors
  • Includes a detailed budget outline with written quotes
  • Includes a plan for the dissemination of the project/innovation within and beyond Western
  • Sustainability of the innovation/impact (will be assisted by eLearning and Curriculum Specialists in the TSC)

Questions?

Contact: Dr. Nanda Dimitrov, Teaching Support Centre at nanda.dimitrov@uwo.ca or Dr. Ken Meadows at kmeadow2@uwo.ca