Fellowship for Innovative Teaching (FIT) Application

    Overview

    The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD) is offering 12 Fellowships for Innovative Teaching (FIT) to University of Massachusetts-Amherst instructors for the 2014-2015 academic year. The FIT draws upon other previous teaching-centered fellowships (e.g., TBL Fellows, TEACHnology Fellows), and will focus on active, collaborative, and innovative pedagogies. The FIT will provide the following incentives: • A $1500 grant to support professional development efforts related to active and student-centered learning (e.g., conference travel, books, technology, video production); • Access to one-on-one and group consultation and resources with CTFD and campus partners’ staff with a variety of teaching, assessment, and technology expertise; • A FIT Mentor. Upwards of 40 UMass faculty are former TBL fellows and have taught in the TBL pilot rooms. CTFD will work to link FIT participants with former fellows who will act as a mentoring partners; • Priority access to new active learning spaces (e.g., TBL classrooms) in the Integrated Learning Center (ILC; aka New Academic Classroom Building), Dubois Library, or Goodell Building; • A Midterm Assessment from CTFD staff who has expertise in student-centered, active learning pedagogy.

    Eligibility

    To be considered, applicants must be full-time instructors at any rank (e.g., lecturer to full professor) and demonstrate knowledge of, interest in, and commitment to active, learner-centered teaching. Additional selection criteria includes: • Statement of interest in improving student learning through learner-centered, evidence-based teaching practices; • Number of students who would be affected by any changes (i.e., course size); • Course design and description (i.e., focus on active and/or team-based learning); • Other appropriate criteria, based on the documents submitted (e.g., experiences with large classes, student group work, teaching technologies, previously develop team-based activities, etc.

    Timeline

    The application window is open from July 14th to August 1st. A faculty selection committee of former TBL Fellows and CTFD staff will review applications. Fellows will be notified no later than August 15th, 2014.

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