The Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology is currently accepting applications for our next cohort of Faculty Fellows. Please see the Proposal Process section below for directions on how to apply.
The program’s most focused activity will take place during the summer of 2019, but Fellows are encouraged to extend their engagement with the Hub during the 2019-2020 academic year if their project warrants it.
The purpose of the Hub Faculty Fellows program is to provide an opportunity to faculty to work on a project that will improve the learning experience for students at MSU.
Successful topics will address one or more of the following issues:
- Enable the faculty member to initiate a project designed to reimagine a learning experience at MSU.
- Help to create an intellectual community interested in student learning.
- Support directed research and development focused on learning with technology.
In the past, Fellows have benefited from spending time “in residence” at the Hub on a regular basis, particularly during the summer. Presence often facilitates the conversations that we believe are necessary to a successful experience. The Fellow’s project will be folded into the Hub’s workflow for the summer in order to facilitate conversation.
Proposal Process and Selection
Fellowships are awarded based on the quality and fit of the project project proposal. Proposals for Fellowships will remain open until May 8, 2019.
Fellow applications must be endorsed by the faculty member’s department chair or dean. We want projects to be aligned with innovation efforts within units. We also ask that units commit to one month of summer salary for each Fellow or an equivalent level of support that will facilitate the project. We believe that an intensive month of work in the summer followed by a modest effort throughout the year will lead to successful outcomes.
The Hub will commit resources to support needs for projects, such as technology support and/or the allocation of a team to support the Fellow. Those decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the Fellow.
Each Faculty Fellow is responsible for participating with our team to achieve the agreed upon goals of the project. In addition to meeting these agreed upon expectations, we ask that Fellows also:
- Complete a project that speaks to learning and teaching innovation.
- Propose a session for the annual Teaching and Learning Spring Conference.
- Host a Fellows’ Hour session to assist in making connections and spawning new initiatives.
- Contribute to the Hub blog to share work while in progress.
- Participate in the creation of publications or presentations.
- Participate with Hub in an ongoing fashion for the duration of the 12 month appointment in an appropriate way.
- Have fun and share in a collaborative learning environment.
Current Hub Faculty Fellows are listed below. Past Hub Faculty Fellows are also available.
The Graduate School and The Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology at Michigan State University welcome you to learn with us, influence the future of higher education, and further develop as leaders and public scholars by becoming a Graduate School/MSU Hub fellow.
Through the fellowship, graduate students will be exposed to intellectual spaces at MSU where innovation in teaching and learning is occurring – within collaborative projects between academic units and the The Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology (“the Hub”). The core work of the Hub is anchored in educational design projects that are a part of a larger university-wide effort to improve teaching, learning and student success. Some examples of projects include (but are not limited to):
- College of Veterinary Medicine Curriculum Redesign
- New Student Transitions
- Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy Initiative
- My Spartan Story Platform
- The #iteachmsu Commons
What is involved in the Fellowship?
Each fellow will develop skills in design thinking, teaching and learning innovation, and public scholarship and outreach. The first part of the fellowship will be focused on learning about the work of the Hub and being a participant observer with faculty and academic staff working on educational design projects. Fellows will then continue working with one project for the remainder of the fellowship year. Across the fellowship, fellows will fine-tune and utilize creative skill sets (e.g., design thinking, prototyping, communication strategy) to disseminate what is being learned through these educational design projects. The goal of this dissemination will be to build excitement about innovative work with fellow graduate students. Each fellow will receive $5,000 to support their work (to be paid over two semesters).
Who should apply to be a Fellow?
Successful applicants will have a proven commitment to and passion for pedagogy and teaching and how institutions like MSU can best support high-quality teaching, learning and student success. We are seeking applicants with a record of proactive attention (through workshops or other professional development experiences) to improving their ability to teach in postsecondary education. Successful applicants will also have experience with and/or demonstrate openness to developing creative skill sets to share best practices in teaching. Finally, we are seeking applicants expressing interest in becoming instructional leaders (people who educate others about high-quality teaching and learning) and/or public scholars: individuals who share their disciplinary expertise (and its relevance) to audiences beyond the confines of the university.
Who is eligible?
Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a program leading to a Ph.D., be in good academic standing, and making progress on their degrees.
How to apply:
Please send an e-mail to Jeff Grabill [grabill at msu dot edu] by Friday, May 24, 2019 with Graduate School/Hub Fellowship in the subject line. Two things must be attached to the e-mail in ONE .pdf using the following naming convention: lastname.firstname.pdf:
- An updated CV
- A Complete Graduate School/Hub Fellowship Application form. NOTE: In this application, you will need to get signatures of both your department chair (or graduate program director) and your graduate advisor.
Previous Fellows are eligible to reapply and should describe and justify what further activities associated with their project(s) they will pursue during the additional fellowship year.
Applications will be reviewed by a panel of representatives from both the The Graduate School and the Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology. Deadline for applications is Friday, May 24, 2019.
View the stellar list of Past Hub Graduate Fellows.