Call for Applications
The Advisory Council for the Teaching Centre would like to announce the call for applications for the position of Teaching Centre Teaching Fellow. Applications are currently being accepted for two-year Teaching Fellow positions for the following terms:
- July 1st, 2018 – June 2020 - (1fellowship available)
- January 1st, 2019 – December 2020 -(2 fellowships available)
- July 1st, 2019 – June 2020 -(2 fellowships available)
- January 1st, 2020 - December 2021- (2 fellowships available)
- July 1st, 2020 June 2021– (2 fellowships available)
Applications can be submitted by using a Moodle Assignment Dropbox available here: https://moodle.uleth.ca/long_term/mod/workshop/view.php?id=540
APPLICATION DEADLINE: The third Friday of January (January 19th, 2018), by 4:30 PM
What can you do as a Teaching Fellow?
Richelle Maryknowski - Faculty of Education
Teaching Fellow - January 2017 to December 2018
As a Teaching Fellow, I am looking forward to supporting Faculty and Graduate Students in continuing to refine their assessment and grading practices. I believe that having Teaching Fellows supports colleagues in working together to make our practice, and thus the learning experiences of students, better.
Randy Barley - Department of Biological Sciences
Teaching Fellow - July 2017 to June 2019
It seems that in 2017, students view smartphones as being almost as essential to their lives as oxygen and with continuous notifications, interjecting themselves into the minds of students, it is becoming increasingly difficult for them to focus on the task of learning. The goal of my fellowship is to examine the detrimental impacts that smartphones are having on student learning both in the classroom and beyond and to explore strategies to help students cope in this increasingly information-dense world.
Keith Roscoe - Faculty of Education
Teaching Fellow - July 2010 - June 2011
Keith constructed a teaching handbook for graduate students who took on a teaching assistant role during their master's degree.
Helena Danyk - Department of Biological Sciences
Teaching Fellow - July 2010 - June 2011
Helena focused her time as a Teaching Fellow working with our staff to help revitalize the Graduate workshops for teaching assistants. To this day we are still running these workshops which remain very popular with graduate students.
If you are looking for projects to start or contribute to, below is a list of possibilities that you could be part of.
- Leading our Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) working group to further the profile and support for this type of research on campus.
- Researching and implementing a Peer Mentoring and Support initiative to help partner new faculty with experienced faculty so that they have a support structure for their teaching.
- Looking at current course evaluation processes and practices across campus to help improve the process (for Faculty and Students) as well as help Faculty better utilize the information that can be gleaned from this process.
- Researching Open Access resource usage on campus and helping to identify the supports that are necessary to allow Faculty to move to Open Access if they want to.
Criteria and Terms of Reference for TEACHING FELLOWS
I. General Qualifications
Teaching Fellows will be academic staff members with tenured, tenure-track or continuing appointments who have demonstrated both commitments to excellence in their teaching and willingness to champion the importance of teaching development in the university community. Previous Teaching Fellow recipients may be considered for another two-year Teaching Fellowship term if it has been at least two years since the completion of their previous term.
II.Roles and Responsibilities of Teaching Fellows
Teaching Fellows will contribute directly to the achievement of the Teaching Centre’s primary objectives to:
• Foster a community of practice in which teaching and learning are enriched and celebrated.
• Extend the University’s commitment to a scholarship of teaching.
• Lead the integration of best teaching practices with new technology.
• Establish a process of generative evaluation that will inform, guide, and justify the continuing activities of the Centre.
In reaching these objectives, Teaching Fellows are expected to be involved in some or all of the following Teaching Centre activities:
• workshop planning and organization of Teaching Centre Talking about Teaching series
• individual consultation with faculty members
• mentorship of small groups of new professors
• research into teaching and learning
• classroom observation
• presentations at provincial, national, and international conferences
• other activities, as agreed upon in negotiation with the Academic Director of the Teaching Centre
III. Term of Appointment
Teaching Fellows will be appointed for a two-year term. The Teaching Centre may appoint up to four (4) Teaching Fellows a year, with staggered start dates. Normally, two Fellows will be appointed to commence their terms on July 1 of each year, and two will be appointed to commence their terms on January 1 of each year. The first year of service will require the Teaching Fellows’ presence at the monthly Advisory Council meetings. The second year of service will be dedicated to performing the initiatives developed by the Teaching Fellow and/or the Advisory Council. An appointment as a Teaching Fellow carries a one-course teaching relief for the two-year period, normally to be applied during the term of appointment; the timing of the course relief is to be negotiated with the Dean of the Faculty/School.
IV. Application Procedures
In acknowledgment of the fact that academic planning cycles vary among faculties, applications for teaching fellows may be made up to two years in advance of the proposed term of appointment. The call for applications, identifying Teaching Fellow expectations and available terms of appointment, will normally be made in November of each year (example attached). Faculty members may apply for terms to commence on any of the following:
• July 1st – June 30th (i.e., six months from application date)
• January 1st – December 31 (i.e., one year from application date)
• July 1st – June 30th (i.e., 18 months from application date)
• January 1st – December 31st (i.e., two years from application date)
Application deadline is the third Friday in January. From this list of nominees, the Advisory Council will select up to four Teaching Fellows for each academic year. Final decisions will be communicated to the Deans and applicants no later than the end of March.
Candidates for a Teaching Fellowship must submit an application package including the following components. As a guideline, please try to limit the content of your entire dossier to no more than the equivalent of 25 pages.
1) Letter of support from your Dean or Chair.
2) Curriculum Vitae
3) Evidence of teaching excellence
a) Innovative practices in teaching and/or assessment
b) Course evaluations from 5 recent courses
c) Other evidence beyond course evaluations (i.e., peer evaluations, letters of support, course outlines)
4) Philosophy of teaching/self-reflection of teaching practice
(maximum of 500 words)
5) Participation, contributions, and/or leadership in teaching development
(maximum of 500 words)
6) Rationale for candidate’s interest in serving as a Teaching Fellow – (rationale should support the strategic priorities of the Teaching Centre (http://www.uleth.ca/teachingcentre/mission) and contributes to the improvement of teaching and learning) (maximum of 500 words)
• All components of the application should be submitted electronically and be appropriately labeled (ex: 1-Letter-of-Support-Dean.pdf, 2-Curriculum-Vitae.pdf).
• Components can be submitted as PDF, or URL/Links.
• If submitting URL/Links, please provide a short description.
• Applications should be submitted online through the Moodle Assignment Dropbox using the link provided in the call for applications.
• Once taken to the Moodle Assignment Dropbox self-enrol yourself in the course to gain access.
• The Teaching Centre is available to assist you with the application submission process up to 3 working days before the submission deadline.
The Teaching Centre Advisory council decision categories:
Upon final review of applications, the review committee may recommend an applicant be
1. Approved for the period requested;
2. Approved with a recommendation for an alternative term;
3. Asked to resubmit in a subsequent competition; or
4. Denied a teaching fellowship position.
The Advisory Council may fill all teaching fellowship positions available within the two-year application period.
NOTE to previous Teaching Fellows: New applicants may be granted first consideration for available positions.