Faculty are invited to apply to the new Provisions Fellows Program for the 2014-2015 year. The Provisions Fellowships are unique professional development grants in three ways:
1) The Fellowships focus on teaching and learning;
2) The Fellowships emphasize collaborative inquiry around an identified theme;
3) The Fellowships support interdisciplinary exploration rather than individual disciplinary expertise and research.
Provisions Fellows will engage in a year-long collaborative project committed to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL). The Fellowship supports pedagogical research, teaching excellence, clear outcomes, and documented assessment. Each academic year will focus on a different theme. The theme for the 2014-2015 Academic year is “Teaching First Year Students.”
II. Fellow Activities
- Create a reading list focused on “teaching first year students” in consultation withother Fellows.
- Meet regularly throughout the Fall 2014 semester to discuss reading. (Schedule to be determined by the Fellows.)
- Contribute regularly (biweekly) to the Provisions blog to document process, discussion, and progress.
- Develop and implement one or more innovative assignments, activities, workshops and/or lesson plans informed by the reading and discussion.
- Document the outcomes of innovation and produce a “toolkit” of research,pedagogical resources, sample assignments, and student examples to publish on the Provisions blog in support of faculty/staff professional development.
- Present at the final Provisions session of the year to celebrate and publicize results of collaborative research and innovation.
III. Fellowship Award
- Year long professional development opportunity for two faculty members. (Individual applicants will be selected by the Provisions Steering Committee.)
- Fellowship is equivalent to reassigned time for one course. The reassigned time can be taken at any time during the Fellowship (Spring or Fall) in consultation with the faculty member’s Department Chair.
- An additional $700 will be available to each Fellow to support attendance and/or participation in a conference or workshop germane to the common inquiry question.
IV. Proposal Criteria and Format: (Maximum: 500 words)
- Describe your interest in this year’s inquiry theme: “Teaching First Year Students.”
- Identify your pedagogical questions, attempts, or challenges in regards to the theme, and provide one specific example/case that illustrates the direction of your future inquiry.
- Provide evidence of past successful collaborative work in any venue. (e.g., professional, Saint Rose projects, committees, etc., or other contexts you deem relevant.) What skills or attributes will you bring to this work?
- In addition, please note any other reassigned time/professional development support you’ve received for 2014-15.
V. Schedule for Provision Fellows Program
- Proposals are due Friday, 4/18, 4:00 p.m.You must submit a hard copy proposal as well as an e-mail attachment in Microsoft Word to Chris Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Proposals will be reviewed by Provisions Steering Committee with recommendations made to the Provost/VPAA. Fellowships will be announced by the end of April.
- Spring/Summer 2014: Provisions Fellows will create a common reading list identifying significant research in the Teaching of Critical Thinking.
- Fall 2014. Fellows will meet regularly as a collaborative faculty learning community to research the common topic of “Teaching Critical Thinking” and develop curricular innovation ideas for implementation in Spring 2014.
- Spring 2015: Curricular innovations implemented by each Fellow on an individual basis. Collaboration among Fellows will continue during this period (e.g. visiting each other’s classes; exchanging ideas; developing and consolidating ideas, research and assessment information).
- Spring 2014-15 Provisions series culminates with the results of the collaborative research and innovation
- Pedagogical “toolkit,” with documentation and reflection materials developed as part of the Fellowship posted to Provisions blog by end of June 2015.
Here you can download the Provisions Fellows Proposal Signature Sheet