Teaching Fellows

The Teaching Fellows Program is a 6-month program, 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.


  1. Experience teaching at Saint Mary’s University. Preference will be given to adjunct faculty members who have taught at least 6 credits at Saint Mary’s University.
  2. Availability for all workshop sessions. Selected participants must be available to attend all 6 monthly 3-hour workshops offered between November 2020 and May 2021. The (tentative) dates and times will be posted soon.
  1. Current use of Canvas or willingness/availability to complete a Canvas 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.
  2. Commitment to professional growth and applying the learning.  Participants will, throughout the 6 months, complete a teaching portfolio on Canvas demonstrating their applied learning.
  3. 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.
  4. Program director approval. As part of the selection process, the applicant’s program director needs to review the application and provide their approval.
  5. 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 15 adjunct faculty members can participate in 2020-2021.

Those participants who attend and complete all 6 sessions and the e-learning activities will receive a $500 stipend and certificate.

Workshop Topics

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.  Facilitator: Adam Potthast

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.  Facilitator: TBD

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. Facilitator:  TBD

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.  Facilitator: Dr. Adam Potthast

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.  Facilitator: Alex Urquhart

Engendering Academic Quality and Information Literacy

Participants will learn how to guide students through locating, evaluating, and retrieving scholarly resources. Faculty will learn how to augment research assignments and assessment rubrics to foster the use of high-quality information in academic work. Facilitator: TBD


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


November 5, 2020