Center for Teaching Excellence Faculty Fellows Program
CTE Faculty Fellows support Bryant’s mission of Academic Excellence by increasing the capacity of the CTE to carry out existing and expanded activities while engaging in professional development in collaboration with faculty colleagues. Through inquiry and exploration of new pedagogical practices in their own classes, they create new educational development opportunities and resources to support teaching excellence among colleagues. Fellows lead and participate in activities that range from helping colleagues think about designing a new course, redesigning an existing course, implementing a new instructional strategy, and/or resolving an ongoing classroom/course issue. It can be in the form of one-on-one consultations, classroom observations, workshops, and/or other engagements depending on a Fellow’s specific interests. Fellows are viewed as experts in their fields and have been recognized for teaching innovation and excellence. The CTE celebrates 6 inaugural fellows appointed in February 2020.
Fellows will engage in a variety of activities:
- Developing and delivering workshops to faculty on topics that are of interdisciplinary pedagogical interest, such as innovative teaching strategies and methods, approaches to assessment, student engagement techniques, collaborative learning, etc. These can range from short “brown bag” presentations on pedagogy or longer hands-on sessions.
- Through regular activities such as peer mentorship, classroom observations, reading groups, learning communities, etc., provide leadership and community building among faculty colleagues, and assist with the dissemination of best practices for teaching across all Bryant programs.
- Regular meetings with other CTE Fellows and the CTE Director to collaboratively plan and execute programs and initiatives in support of teaching excellence among all Bryant faculty. Actively participate in events such as the Fall and Spring Teaching Forums, and the Annual Teaching Summit.
- Serve on the Provost’s Teaching and Learning Advisory Group (P-TLAG), meeting 2x per term, to provide recommendations to the Provost on new and ongoing initiatives in teaching and learning.
Eligibility, Applications, and Selection Criteria
Full-time faculty members should submit a letter of interest (maximum 2 single-spaced pages) describing their experience with and commitment to developing teaching excellence, and interest in co-facilitating or directing potential new initiatives or area(s) of focus. Evaluation of applications will be based on documented interest and previous engagement in faculty development, demonstration of effectiveness in teaching, availability of time to devote to the Fellowship, strong collaboration and listening skills, commitment to cultural diversity and inclusive teaching, and enthusiasm about learning about the field of faculty/educational development. Applications will be reviewed by the Deans and Provost. We expect that Fellows will represent faculty at all levels (term as well as ladder) who have demonstrated teaching excellence, and a commitment to promoting innovative teaching practices as well as developing their own portfolio of teaching methods. This position would not be compatible with a planned professional development (or other) leave during the course of the Fellowship.
Fellows are appointed for one year (i.e. two academic terms plus the summer), and receive $5000 in discretionary funds for educational activities, research, and other scholarly expenses. Fellows may also choose to receive the award in the form of a stipend. The Center will also provide resources and support for Fellow-initiated programming.