Faculty Fellows

The FDC Faculty Fellows Program offers opportunities for full-time faculty members to provide professional development and peer support to other faculty. Fellows will be selected from among the full-time faculty to work with the professional staff in the FDC on focus areas to improve student learning.

Fellowships are designed to help faculty members advance and expand their own scholarship of teaching and learning.  Additionally, fellows will work with support from the staff of the Faculty Development Center to provide faculty development in one or more of the following formats: 

  • Develop and teach two workshops (or comparable experiences and activities) on a select focus area (see below for details)
  • Serve as faculty organizer of an FDC-sponsored faculty learning community or facilitator of a monthly meeting of the FDC-sponsored Reflective Teaching Community 
  • Develop materials in support of activities that promote the goals of a specific fellowship focus area
  • Provide faculty consultations and office hours to support faculty on focus area
  • Contribute leadership to university conversations about issues and opportunities that impact the focus area

Fellowships may last for a semester or a year with the anticipation that the fellows will develop and facilitate at least one (for semester-long fellowships) or two (for year-long fellowships) substantial faculty development experiences.

Additionally, faculty fellows will support faculty professional development efforts through consultations scheduled by appointment.  It is anticipated that the time commitment for these activities will require an average of three hours of work per week.

2015-2016 Faculty Fellowships
The FDC is accepting applications for fellowships that promote excellence in teaching and learning issues of strategic importance to the university.  This includes but is not limited to one of the following areas:

Teaching and Learning in Global Initiatives
Webster faculty members teach in programs that have unique global features, which present opportunities to advance teaching and learning excellence with and within practices that engage students with perspectives beyond the students’ home country, continent, and culture.  A fellowship in this area would explore global teaching and global learning opportunities within their program, particularly through innovative methods that make use of Webster’s global network.

Faculty-student Partnerships
There is growing demand for more and diverse opportunities for students to learn alongside faculty members in the context of performing academic and scholarly responsibilities.  A fellowship in this area would explore the nature of faculty-student collaboration and the components of meaningful engagement in research, scholarship, and application of learning beyond the classroom.

Creating Experiential Learning Opportunities
All too often teaching practices are best suited to foster theoretical knowledge of course topics leaving us disadvantaged in teaching the important applied aspects of that knowledge.  Additionally, there is great transformative power in learning experiences that ask students to apply their learning in real and complex situations.  A fellowship in this area would explore how to best construct opportunities that allow students to “do” (within the classroom or beyond) and learn through reflection and further application of what they have learned.

We also welcome and encourage proposals beyond the suggested focus areas, and well-defined, creative, and innovative topics will be considered equally among proposals for the listed areas.

Fellows are awarded a stipend based on one credit hour team appointment per academic term (actual amount varies with experience), and applicants are free to identify which terms specifically they will serve on the application form, but it is the preference of the FDC that fellows serve for one academic year.

Alternatively, if in keeping with the needs and preferences of the department and college/school, fellows who serve for an entire academic year (four academic terms) may ask their department chair and dean to approve a three credit hour course release plus a stipend for one credit hour (compensation equal to four credit hours).  In this situation, the reduced load must occur during the duration of the fellowship with the stipend to be paid in the first term of the academic year. Applicants are asked to discuss this with their chair and dean as part of the application process outlined below.

Application Process

  1. Complete a proposal that includes the following:
    • Name, Email, Department
    • Desired term and dates of fellowship (semester or year-long)
    • Title to describe the focus of your work
    • Description of what your fellowship will involve, including faculty development activities you will organize
    • Description of the benefit to the university and to faculty colleagues
    • A description of your background experience and qualification that you would bring to your fellowship
  2. Ask your department chairperson to submit a letter of support and to forward the letter and application to your dean.
  3. All materials must be received by March 23 for Fall 2015 appointments.

Selection Process
Full-time faculty members serving on the FDC Advisory Council will review all applications and select applicants based on qualifications related to the identified focus areas.

Please contact Erik Palmore, Director, Faculty Development Center, at palmoeri@webster.edu or 314-246-8648

Previous Fellows


Terms Served

Focus Area

Quinn Shao


Short-Term Study Abroad for Learning in the Discipline

Heather Mitchell


Strengthening Students: Learning Self-Regulation and Metacognition

Kit Jenkins


Creating International Experiences in the Classroom with Technology

Aaron Aubuchon


Using Video for Teaching and Learning

Linda Holtzman


Writing Strategies

Victoria McMullen


Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Kristen Anderson

Spring 2011

Preventing Plagiarism (program pilot)