Teaching Fellows

The Teaching Fellows Program is a program spanning several months, where you will actively develop, invigorate, and expand your teaching repertoire. Email CELT@smumn.edu with any questions.

Program Objectives

During the Teaching Fellows Program, you will engage in research-based practices, strategies, and tools grounded in the Lasallian tradition of excellence in learning-centered teaching. Through this series, you will:

  • Expand your teaching repertoire to promote excellence in teaching and learning.
  • Be part of a collaborative community of faculty members from a variety of disciplines.
  • Become qualified to facilitate future CELT events.
  • Receive a stipend for completing the sessions and activities.

Requirements

  1. Experience teaching at Saint Mary’s University. Preference will be given to course-contracted faculty members who have taught at least 6 credits at Saint Mary’s University.
  2. Selected participants must be available to virtually attend all seven 3-hour workshops.
  3. Currently use Canvas or a willingness to complete a Canvas Essentials Training before the start of the program. Teaching Fellows will use Canvas throughout the sessions and are expected to have completed SMU’s Canvas Training and/or actively use Canvas as a course management tool in their teaching.
  4. Commitment to professional growth and applying the learning. Participants will complete a teaching portfolio on Canvas demonstrating their applied learning.
  5. Willingness to facilitate future faculty development offerings. The program develops individual faculty members as both teachers and leaders. Teaching Fellows will be invited to share their learning and expertise with other faculty.
  6. Program director approval. As part of the selection process, the applicant’s program director needs to review the application and provide approval.
  7. Balance among SGPP Schools, disciplines, and degree level. Representation from all Schools and across disciplines and degree levels is sought in the final selection.

A maximum of 12 course-contracted faculty members will be selected. Participants who attend and complete all 7 workshop sessions and the e-learning activities receive a $500 stipend and certificate.

Workshops

Teaching Foundations

This workshop is designed to help faculty begin the process of discovering and developing themselves as teachers.  Participants will define their teaching style and teaching philosophy, learn some constructivist learning theory, explore teaching excellence through the lens of Lasallian pedagogy, and develop critically reflective practices for continual growth.

Personal Potential and Performance for Instruction

A key aspect to development as an instructor is the opportunity to become more self-aware. In this session, through the CliftonStrenths assessment, participants will have the opportunity to better understand their natural ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving so that they may recognize and begin to appreciate how strengths show up in ourselves and others, learn about the power of leveraging their talents/strengths in their role as educators, and to begin to uncover how our talents/strengths might interplay with others.

Technology-Enhanced Learning

In this session, participants will explore a variety of instructional technologies to expand and enhance their teaching repertoire.  Faculty will practice designing their instruction through the lens of technology to discover the strengths technology brings to their students’ learning experiences.

Adult Learning-Centered Instruction

In this workshop, faculty will design instruction aimed at creating effective learning experiences for high-quality adult learning.  Participants will examine and apply research-based strategies designed specifically for adult learners in higher education.

Grading and Evaluation of Learning

Faculty will examine, discuss, and create effective and efficient methods to evaluate, grade, and provide evaluative feedback to student work. Methods will include best practices in student feedback, creating effective rubrics, and ways to uphold high academic standards.

Supporting Quality Academic Writing

This workshop is designed to provide strategies to promote high-quality academic writing and how to best use writing in order to meet learning objectives. The workshop will be focused on writing assignment design and assessment, effective and efficient feedback, working with a wide range of writing abilities, and creating self-directed improvements.

Information Literacy Approaches for Adult Learners

According to the Association of College & Research Libraries, information literacy encompasses “the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning,” all within a complex information ecosystem. But what does that look like in different disciplines, or outside of the classroom? Participants will come away with an understanding of information literacy’s importance in a changing world and will practice integrating these skills and concepts into their own courses and assignments.

Applications

To participate, you need to complete the online application. A maximum of 12 course-contracted faculty members will be selected.

Workshop Dates*
November 20, 2021
December 18, 2021
January 22, 2022
February 19, 2022
March 12, 2022
April 9, 2022
April 23, 2021
*Dates are tentative and subject to change.

Deadline

Saturday, October 2, 2021

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