The Faculty Center Fellow 
The Faculty Fellow supports the activities and mission of the Faculty Center, which is to offer pedagogical and scholarly support to faculty as well as being a space of community. The Fellow will work to identify faculty development resources that promote excellence in teaching and research, and collaboratively design and facilitate programming initiatives.  The Fellow also serves on the Faculty Center’s Advisory Board.  The major responsibility of the Fellow is developing and implementing, in consultation with the Director, his/her own two-semester faculty development project to improve support for faculty research, teaching and/or collegiality at the college.  

Is there a faculty-centric project you’d like to lead?

Is there an issue on campus you’d like to explore?

Would you like to gain and share perspectives on a topic

specific to a particular point in the faculty career span?

Do you have a project you wish you had time for?

Each year, the Faculty Center seeks a tenured faculty member to serve as a Faculty Fellow and to work closely with Director Amy Mulnix, faculty colleagues on the Advisory Board, and Coordinator Cindy Wingenroth.  The position runs for one academic year.  Details of time in the Center will be negotiated as a combination of release from teaching (2 or 3 courses) and/or a month in the summer, depending on the specifics of the circumstances.  Interested applicants are encouraged to be in conversation with your Department Chair, Associate Dean and Amy Mulnix so as to balance campus responsibilities. 

Major Responsibilities

The Faculty Fellow supports the activities and mission of the Faculty Center, which is to offer pedagogical and scholarly support to faculty as well as being a space of community. The major responsibility of the Fellow is to develop and implement, in consultation with the Director, his/her own two-semester faculty development project to improve support for faculty research, teaching and/or collegiality at the college.  The Fellow will also work to identify faculty development resources that promote excellence in teaching and research, and collaboratively design and facilitate programming initiatives.  The Fellow also serves on the Faculty Center’s Advisory Board. There is a stipend to involve a small group of additional faculty in the project, usually in the spring semester.  The person in this position can expect to spend the bulk of his/her time bringing knowledge and passion to the mission of the Faculty Center rather than being responsible for daily administrative duties. Specific administrative responsibilities (e.g. acting as liaison to ITS, grant writing, report writing, etc.) will be negotiated based on the interests of the person filling the position. Outcomes of the Faculty Fellow project may include a written report, a faculty workshop, or some other presentation.  Details concerning the specific product resulting from the Faculty Fellow project will be determined in consultation with the Faculty Center Director.

 

Past Faculty Fellows 

2017-2018

Spring 2018

Susan Dicklitch-Nelson - Professor of Government 

Project Focus:   High-impact experiential learning practices at F&M including community-based learning, internships for credit, diversity/global learning, and innovative pedagogies like Reacting to the Past (RTTP).

Fall 2017

Dorothy Merritts - Professor of Geosciences

Robert Walter - Associate Professor of Geosciences

Project Focus:  Developing a model for a cross-disciplinary, thematic student/faculty think tank.

2016-2017

Kate Plass - Associate Professor of Chemistry

Project Focus:   Leveraging F&M’s culture of high-quality scholarship to improve inclusivity, as well as cognitive psychology-based teaching methods

Kate led several discussion groups for faculty interested in examining the impact of faculty/student scholarly work on student outcomes.  Research experiences for undergraduates are a high-impact practice; they are  important in the academic success and retention of all students, but especially those from historically underrepresented groups on college campuses.  Questions entertained by the discussion groups included:

  • How can we better use the outstanding scholarly work across all fields done by F&M faculty to encourage and motivate interested students?  
  • What are the impediments to students participating in research before the summer of their second year and how can we overcome them?
  • How do those impediments change across fields?
  • Can we better incorporate our scholarship into our courses, perhaps using the classroom undergraduate research experience (CURE) model?  

2015-2016 

Lee Franklin - Associate Professor of Philosophy

Project Focus:  Discussion-Centered Teaching Methods

Lee formed a Professional Learning Community (PLC)  of faculty, from across disciplines, interested in using Discussion-Centered teaching.  Activities of the PLC included observing and providing feedback on each other's classes, as well as participation in regular meetings.   

2014-2015 

Mary Ann Levine - Associate Professor of Anthropology

Project Focus:  Faculty Work/Life Balance

Mary Ann organized and led a small group of faculty interested in exploring best practices in several areas related to faculty work - life balance, including:  child care, improving the network of colleagues, maintaining scholarship / research,  junior faculty expectations, and dual career families.