CLT Faculty Fellows Program

A yearlong initiative to immerse faculty in reflective practice on teaching and learning to enhance diverse and inclusive learning environments for students. Through monthly meetings, workshops, a summer institute at the end of May, and funding for teaching innovation, a select group of faculty will reconsider course goals, discuss and research challenges to student learning, and design one course modification for a fall 2018 course.

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Program Mission

The CLT Faculty Fellows mission is to support faculty's reflective teaching practice aimed at optimizing student learning outcomes, by creating inclusive, equitable learning environments.

Program Outcomes

The CLT Faculty Fellows program works with faculty to identify:

  • key course goals
  • challenges to student learning
  • and areas of improvement within one course

By engaging in a learning community with colleagues, faculty fellows discuss, learn about, and design course goals, assignments, syllabi and instruction to more effectively meet the needs of the diverse learners in their classes through inclusive, equitable, student-centered practices.

Who should apply?

We welcome applicants who want to learn more about the scholarship of teaching and learning, and strategies to enhance inclusivity and equity in the classroom. The CLT Faculty Fellows Program is open to anyone teaching a course or lab in the fall of 2018 and on campus in the spring of 2018. The CLT Faculty Fellows program is open to all faculty members including lecturers and lab instructors. Fellows will be chosen based on their statements and the intent to have a broad representation of different course levels, divisions, and sizes.

What to Expect

CLT Faculty Fellows is a year-long program designed to guide you through the process of improving various aspects of a course to support student learning. Fellows are expected to commit 2 hours a month to the program during the academic year. CLT Faculty Fellows will:

  • Participate in monthly faculty fellows meetings (February-April & September-November).
  • Complete readings, reflections or preparatory work prior to each meeting.
  • Attend one CLT event in the Spring and one CLT event in the Fall semesters.
  • Engage in a Teaching Triangle or Teaching Mirror.
  • Design a course improvement plan comprised of learning outcomes, assessment map, instructional moves, and detailed budget (if applicable) in the Spring semester.
  • Participate in a Summer institute tentatively scheduled for the last week in May with a late August check-in.
  • Pilot a course innovation in the Fall semester.
  • Complete program assessment activities.
  • Share your course innovation with the college campus through a presentation, workshop, paper, podcast, or video.

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Why participate?

  • Develop your teaching practice in a sustained learning community with colleagues.
  • Explore the scholarship of teaching and learning, connect research to practice, and reflect on your teaching.
  • Integrate inclusive, equitable, culturally responsive strategies to elements of one course (syllabus, instructional materials, class structure, assignments, grading, class activities, materials). Strategies include how to:
    • Create a welcoming, respectful learning environment.
    • Communicate clear expectations and provide constructive and supportive feedback.
    • Identify barriers that prevent students from diverse backgrounds from learning and provide natural supports (including technology) to enhance learning opportunities for all students.
    • Value experiences, contributions and individual needs related to disability, race, socio-economic status, gender, language, ethnicity, geographical isolation, sexuality, work commitments and family responsibilities.
    • Use inclusive language to ensure stereotyping is not present and limit implicit biases. Avoid sexist, racist and socio-economic/class humor.
    • Design alternate and diverse options for assessing student learning.
    • Consider any "hidden curriculum", including your own personal views, assumptions and expectations, and the physical and social environment where learning will take place.
  • Learn strategies to address challenges to effective classroom dynamics.
  • Get funding for participation in the faculty fellows program ($1,500) with the potential of $1,500 more for funding needs related to teaching. (Purchasing materials, attending conferences, visiting classrooms, creating materials such as videos, or other reasonable expenditures.)