Research Faculty Teaching Fellows

EVPR Office Annual Programs


Sunday, December 29, 2019

In order to enhance the interaction across the Institute’s teaching and research activities, the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research (EVPR) announces the Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 Research Faculty Teaching Fellows Program. This program seeks to offer research faculty the opportunity to become first-time instructors, and for those who have taught in the past, the ability to turn their cutting-edge research programs into instructional programs that enhance the teaching missions in the academic units.

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The program provides resources for partial coverage of salaries and fringe benefits, but does not cover indirect costs. Fellows receive a maximum of 25% of their 9-month salary per three-unit course for: preparation, instructional effort, and student/academic unit interactions. Please note that additional funding from the teaching unit may be required. Up to 20% of the funds may be released to the fellow prior to the start of the semester in order to cover hours for the June CETL training and other planning activities.

Eligible Parties

The Research Faculty Teaching Fellows Program provides opportunities for research faculty who work outside of the academic units (e.g., GTRI, EI2, OIT, and IRIs reporting to the EVPR) to participate in academic unit instructional and related programs. Research faculty within academic units are also eligible to apply, provided that teaching is not already one of their standard job responsibilities. Postdoctoral fellows are not eligible for this program.

All applicants must have a mentor in an academic unit and have a course approved in that same department.

Award Timeline

Application Deadline: December 29, 2019
Recipients Notified: February 7, 2020


Priority will be given to proposals from research faculty who are:

  • Seeking initial teaching experience


  • Offering new, innovative courses based upon their unique expertise

First-time applicants with no prior teaching experience should strongly consider teaching an existing course. Applicants who have participated in the program previously are encouraged to teach an original course. Capstone courses, regardless of the variety in topics, are not considered original for the purposes of this program. No one may participate in the Research Faculty Teaching Fellows program more than twice in a three year period.

Fellows will receive training and support through the Center for Teaching and Learning. This training will include a Course Design Studio during the summer, a Research Faculty Teaching Fellows Learning Community that will meet monthly during the semester in which each fellow is teaching, and an observation and early course feedback session with a CTL consultant. All elements of the training are mandatory.  Last years schedule is below to give you an idea of what is required outside of teaching:

All Fellows are asked to participate in the Course Design Studio, which will be held on May 15, 17, 20, and 21, 2019 from 9am-12:00pm in the Student Center Piedmont Room. Course Design Studio is an opportunity for you to design the courses you will be teaching through a guided process using the backwards design method. Please register for Course Design Studio at your earliest convenience:  Let me know as soon as possible if you will not be able to attend.  In the meantime, you should begin reaching out to your faculty mentors to ask for any past syllabi and materials (if you are teaching an existing course) as well as gathering any material you would like to use to design your new course. 

In addition, each of you will participate in periodic (roughly every 3 weeks), 90-minute sessions in the Fall.  During these sessions, I will facilitate conversations with you about different aspects of teaching to give you a chance to think about how to incorporate evidence-based best teaching practices into your classes. We will read a teaching and learning book together to ground these conversations (more information about the book selection coming soon).  In addition, these sessions are meant to give you the opportunity to raise and discuss any teaching challenges that have emerged in your classes with a supportive cohort.  I will be in touch with you closer to the the start of Fall classes in order to decide on the schedule for these cohort meetings.  

The objectives of the Research Faculty Teaching Fellows Program are to:

  1. Strengthen the relationships and encourage an on-going collaboration between academic faculty and research faculty who are outside of the academic units.
  2. Enhance the educational experiences of undergraduate and graduate students.
  3. Allow research faculty who have never taught before to engage in that experience.
  4. As appropriate, supplement and complement the scholarly expertise within the academic units with the research faculty’s expertise through:
    • Development of new, advanced undergraduate or graduate level courses that bring cutting-edge research concepts into the classroom, or
    • Enhancement of existing, advanced undergraduate or graduate level courses with cutting-edge research concepts.

Research faculty who participate in this program are expected to become involved in other activities that would be appropriate for the academic unit in which they are teaching. Such activities may include: maintaining office hours outside of the classroom for student consultation; serving on committees; advising students; development team-taught courses; and collaborating on proposals for instructional and/or research projects.

Final approval will be made by the Executive Vice President for Research based upon the anticipated contribution to the Institute’s overall mission and the availability of funds. Awards will be announced by February 7, 2020.


For More Information

  • Go to the application website at 

  • Direct questions to Wendy Newstetter