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Laurier unveils new Teaching Fellowship Program to recognize teaching excellence

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Aug 26/13

A new Laurier Teaching Fellowship Program will provide faculty members and librarians with opportunities to pursue teaching and learning initiatives, and high impact practices that foster integrated and engaged learning and student success. It will also give fellows the chance to be part of a network of teachers with whom to collaborate and promote teaching excellence.

The one-year fellowship will provide up to five faculty members and librarians per year with $10,000 each in support of their proposed program of activities. In addition, fellows will work together with Pat Rogers, associate vice-president: Teaching and Learning, to organize an event or initiative to benefit the Laurier community.

“We want to honour faculty for their educational leadership and excellent teaching,” said Rogers. “We also want to make visible Laurier’s enormous strengths in teaching and learning, and have fellows act as university-wide advocates for initiatives that support these efforts.”

The idea for a teaching fellowship was championed by student leaders and developed by the teaching and learning council, an advisory body to Rogers. The council was established by Deborah MacLatchy, vice-president: Academic & Provost.

"Research funding is critical in ensuring success of the scholarly work done at universities,” said MacLatchy. “It is equally important that we value and support the work of faculty and librarians who are engaged in strengthening approaches to teaching that will enhance learning outcomes and the engagement of students in their academic programs.”  

The Fellowship, which will be administered through Teaching Support Services, is open to full-time associate or full professors, including professional teaching faculty, or full-time professional librarians III or IV.

The selection committee will be looking for candidates with a record of excellence in teaching and learning and/or teaching and learning support, as well as leadership in teaching within their faculty, library, department or program. The dean, university librarian or department/program chair or coordinator must also endorse the candidate.

Some examples of programs fellows may be interested in pursuing include adapting a course into a blended format, establishing a discipline-specific teaching development program for teaching assistants, or developing a system of metrics for assessing teaching quality and learning effectiveness.

There will be a maximum of one fellow per faculty or library per year. After the first year of the fellowship program, fellows may apply for a one-year extension. After five years they may apply for a second fellowship.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a recent curriculum vitae, a teaching dossier, a project plan, and letters of support by Sept. 20, 2013. For more details, visit: www.wlu.ca/teachingandlearning.

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