Faculty Fellowship for Expanding a Faculty Learning Community Project
2015-2016 Call for Proposals: deadline December 1, 2014

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In fall 2010 the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) launched a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) program that brings faculty members together to explore a theme or aspect related to teaching and learning within and beyond the university community. To date, 22 FLCs, involving over 150 members and facilitators, have begun or completed their year-long, cross-disciplinary collaboration.  

The CTE would like to scale up one or two of the individual projects begun in these 22 FLCs as Faculty Fellowships. By providing continued support for this work, the CTE hopes to encourage more in-depth consideration of the important topics that have been or are currently being addressed by FLC participants. The smaller scale version of the projects, begun in FLCs, may also provide a useful pilot phase for the larger types of initiatives we envision the Faculty Fellows to be undertaking.
The 22 previous or current FLCs are
  •  Effective Laboratory Courses within the Core Curriculum
  •  Incorporating Sustainability into Courses
  •  Mid-Career Faculty
  •  Mentoring Undergraduate and Graduate Research     
  •  Using Technologies to Extend Classes Beyond the Classroom
  •  Initiating and Facilitating International Experiences for Students 
  •  Quantitative Literacy
  •  The Future of Cincinnati
  •  Strengths-Based Teaching and Leadership in the Classroom
  •  Excellence: Teaching Out of Our Wisdom
  •  Digital Humanities
  •  Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  •  Teaching Honors at Xavier
  •  Faculty Legacy Projects (2012-2013)
  •  Experiential Learning
  •  The Human Good: Building Continuity Across the Curriculum
  •  Deeper Integration of Gender and Diversity Issues Into the Classroom
  •  Achieving Integrated, Transformative Immersion Experiences at Xavier
  •  Faculty Legacy Projects 2 (2013-2014)
  • Game-Based Learning
  • Quantitative Literacy (Spring 2014)
  • Transformative Potential of Faculty Immersion (2014-2015)

    Applicants for this Faculty Fellowship must have participated or currently be participating in one of these FLCs. Faculty Fellows spend a summer and one semester working on a project that will significantly impact curriculum, teaching, scholarship, and/or other academic activities at Xavier and within the field of higher education. In addition to furthering specific efforts in their respective areas, the fellows will be leaders in engaging other faculty members in constructive dialogue about Xavier's future. For 2014-2015, one or two Faculty Fellow for Expanding FLC Projects will be selected. An additional fellowship is designated through the Conway Institute for Jesuit Education.  The fellowship cannot be divided between multiple faculty members.

Faculty Fellow Program (Summer 2015 or 2016 and Fall 2015 or Spring 2016)

The Faculty Fellow(s) will receive a summer stipend for 2015 or 2016 and release from all teaching responsibilities during one semester of the 2015-2016 academic year. It is expected that the Faculty Fellow will disseminate results of the project internally, across faculty and academic departments, as well as externally, where appropriate. A successful application will propose a major strategic initiative likely to make a significant positive impact on Xavier. Proposals should outline ambitious goals while providing evidence of feasibility. Initiatives extending beyond a single course and a single department are particularly welcome, as are projects whose effects will extend well beyond the fellowship period.

The Faculty Fellow(s) for Expanding FLC Projects agrees to:
  • Undertake a major strategic initiative that advances an important area at Xavier addressed by an FLC
  • Attain further knowledge about relevant literature, research and practices in the appropriate field
  • Partner with the appropriate entities on campus or externally to accomplish the project's intended goals
  • Disseminate the project results both internally and externally as appropriate
  • Complete an end-of-project report that includes a description of the final project, the outcome, and dissemination efforts


The Faculty Fellow will receive:

  • A summer stipend of $10,000. It is expected that the Fellow will be working full-time on the project during the summer months of 2015 or 2016 and will not be teaching.
  • Release from all teaching responsibilities during one semester of the following year, either fall 2015 or spring 2016, to be determined by applicant. (Funding will be available to the department toward the cost of hiring a full-time, temporary replacement for the semester.)
  • Expenses up to $5,000, as appropriate to the project, to be used within the time frame of the project.
  • Consultation and assistance from the CTE.


All permanent, full-time, teaching faculty who have participated or are currently participating in one of the 22 FLCs  are eligible to apply. Applicants must submit proposals following the format outlined below. Applications will be reviewed by a three-person panel (a former Faculty Fellow, a representative from the Faculty Development Committee, and a representative of the CTE). The panel will provide its own judgment regarding priority among the applications it reviews. The Associate Provost for Academic Affairs will have the final voice in selecting the Faculty Fellow for Expanding FLC Projects.

The following must be sent electronically to the Center for Teaching Excellence (cte@xavier.edu) by: Monday, December 1, 2014.
Applicants should carbon copy their Department Chair and Dean on this application.
1) The application in the form outlined below
2) Curriculum vitae (abbreviated, no more than three pages)
3) A supporting letter from the Department Chair (can be an e-mail)
4) A supporting letter from the College Dean (can be an e-mail)
The award will be announced in December 2014.


Questions? Contact Steve Yandell  or Mary Kochlefl.


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