The Faculty Innovator (FI) Fellowship Program seeks to improve teaching and learning in EKU classrooms, by providing opportunities for faculty members to serve as teacher-scholars and mentors at the institution. Faculty who have a passion for creating and implementing effective teaching and learning practices will be asked to experiment, learn from, reflect on, and share these practices.
Expectations of Faculty Innovators (FIs)
Successful FIs will embody most, if not all, of the following characteristics:
Demonstrated passion and vision for improving teaching and learning at EKU;
Interest in serving the institution;
Ability to influence and mentor colleagues, overcoming resistance as needed;
Comfort with taking risks in trying innovative approaches;
Tolerance for ambiguity, as each FI figures out how to best chart their own course through the program to meet their goals;
Skilled, patient listener, with good communication skills.
In this role, FIs will be expected to devote 5-7 hours per week to Fellowship related planning/activities. Although specific responsibilities of the Fellowship will be determined on an individual basis (to align with the goals of the individual FI), overall, FIs will be responsible for:
Identifying ways to promote more effective teaching and learning practices across their area of responsibility;
Supporting the initiatives of the Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning;
Conducting workshops, mentoring sessions, or other events that showcase innovation in teaching and learning;
Implementing, demonstrating, and measuring the impact of innovative teaching practices;
Producing scholarly works, in line with individual teaching & learning goals;
Attending all required FI meetings.
Selection of Faculty Innovators (FIs)
Applications to join the FI Fellowship will be released in February each year, and will be accepted from specific areas on a rotating basis (approximately 3-5 openings each year). FIs will serve a 3-year term. Interested faculty must complete an application form, which includes a recommendation letter from their Department Chair or Dean. A committee of current FIs will review applications and select new FIs by May 1st of each year, to start their term the following August. Prior to sending out official offers, the Dean or Supervisor of each selected FI will be consulted to confirm their support.
At the conclusion of the 3-year program, participants who have successfully completed the entire Fellowship will be able to join the Council of Faculty Innovators. Council members retain their membership on the Council for the rest of their time at EKU, and are expected to continue serving as an advocate for effective teaching and learning practices in a variety of ways. Council members also coordinate and oversee the FI Fellowship Program, in collaboration with the Noel Studio.
To inquire about the Faculty Innovator Fellowship Program, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty Innovators 2022-2023
Faculty Innovator Coordinators
Dr. Jennifer Fairchild, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Science
Dr. Laurel Schwartz, College of Health Sciences
College of Business
College of Education & Applied Human Sciences
College of Health Sciences
College of Justice, Safety, and Military Science
College of Letters, Arts, & Social Science
College of STEM
Council of Faculty Innovators
Dr. Ryan Baggett
Dr. Lisa Day
Dr. Paula Jones
Dr. Eric Meiners
Dr. Shirley O’Brien
Dr. Cynthia Resor
Dr. Ray Richardson
Dr. Bill Staddon
Dr. Matthew Winslow
Dr. Judy Jenkins
Dr. Chad Foster
Dr. Molly Bradshaw
Dr. Randi Polk