The Graduate School/MSU Hub Fellowship

The Graduate School and Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology at Michigan State University welcome you to innovate with us, influence the future of higher education, and further develop as teacher-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 departments and the MSU-Innovation Hub (“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 include (but are not limited to) of Hub projects include:

  • College of Veterinary Medicine Curriculum Redesign
  • Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy Initiative
  • Learning Analytics to Promote Student Success
  • Co-Curricular Transcript Project

What is involved in the Fellowship?

Each fellow will develop skills in teaching and learning assessment and public scholarship and outreach. The first few months 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. During this time, fellows will fine-tune and utilize creative skill sets (e.g., branding, curation, social media strategy, digital and face-to-face instructional development) to disseminate what is being learned through these educational design projects. The goal of this dissemination will be to build excitement about innovative teaching with fellow graduate students, and help others adopt high impact teaching practices. As the fellowship year progresses, participants will develop their own mini research or assessment projects, implement those projects and ultimately share the results of these projects in a public setting. 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 (digital and analog) 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. Fellows from previous years may re-apply for an additional year in the program.

How to apply:

Please send an e-mail to Leigh Wolf ( and Sarah Gretter ( (put both in the To: line) by April 16, 2018 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. The application also has room for you to include (within the PDF) responses to the following questions – please write in the space provided and limit each response to 300 words:
    • Why are you interested in being a Fellow? What activities have you participated in previously that demonstrate your commitment to high quality teaching and learning?
    • What does it mean to be a public scholar and/or teacher-leader?
    • Based upon your understanding of the MSU Teaching Competencies, which one(s) are you most interested in developing? Why?
    • Identify two goals you hope to achieve as a result of your work as a Graduate School/Hub Fellowship Fellow and at least one audience you are interested in reaching with those goals.

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 April 16, 2018.

Apply today!