Teaching Fellows Program
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, three Fellows were appointed to provide educational leadership and initiate and coordinate Faculty-specific programming and research around the theme of technology-enabled learning:
- Dr. Dan Belliveau – Faculty of Health Sciences
- Dr. Sarah McLean – Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry
- Dr. Peter Ferguson – Faculty of Social Sciences
- Dr. George Gadanidis - Faculty of Education
- Dr. Bethany White - Faculty of Science
The theme of this Teaching Fellows Program competition will be technology-enabled learning. Fellows will develop and complete an innovative technology project designed to enhance teaching and learning in their disciplines. In subsequent years, Teaching Fellows may work to integrate other themes into the curriculum such as experiential education, interdisciplinary learning initiatives, as well as international education and the mentorship of global ready graduates.
Appointment of Teaching Fellows
- Teaching Fellows receive up to a 40% secondment from their Department/Faculty to the TSC for a three-year term, starting May 1, 2014. Only one Teaching Fellowship will be awarded per Faculty.
- Teaching Fellows will propose a research project or teaching innovation project on the theme of technology-enabled 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 E-learning 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.
- 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.
- In the first three years of the Teaching Fellowship, proposals should address teaching needs in the area of technology-enabled learning.
Requirements of Recipients
- Recipients participate in a three-day Great Teachers Seminar (retreat) on May 7, 8 and 9, 2014 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 April 30th each year for Fellowships that start on May 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 April 30th at the end of their three-year Fellowship term.
- 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.
There are seven parts to the proposal submission:
- Executive Summary of the Project (1 page Maximum)
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or Merran Neville at x83976) 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.
- Short Curriculum Vitae (4 pages maximum)
- Teaching Philosophy Statement (2 pages maximum)
- 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)
- Letter of support from the Dean of the Faculty (confirming the percentage of time the candidate will be seconded from their home Faculty).
- 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 E-learning and Curriculum Specialists in the TSC)