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Note: Faculty titles refer to titles in effect at the time of serving as Faculty Fellows.
Faculty Fellows Program
The purpose of the Faculty Fellows Scholarship program (opens in a new window) is to allow faculty members the opportunity to participate in scholarly activities that advance the mission of Walters State Community College. The goal of this program is to provide support to faculty in their efforts to improve teaching and learning that increases the educational attainment and workforce preparedness of students.
Each year, two faculty fellows are selected by a subcommittee of the Faculty Senate, the Faculty Fellows of the previous year, and the Director of Instructional Design. Faculty members will submit a proposal to the committee that outlines the plan for their project. The committee will evaluate each proposal (opens in a new window) and select two proposals for the upcoming year based on the Selection Rubric. After the proposals are selected, the Faculty Fellows carry out the plan indicated in their proposal during the following Spring and Fall of their selection year, meeting monthly with the Director of Instructional Design to discuss their projects, implementation, assessments, and concerns. The Faculty Senate proudly congratulates the faculty selected for the Fellows program.
- Projects that have been previously approved by the college for any type of compensation are not eligible as a Faculty Fellow project.
- Potential project areas include, but are not limited to:
- Redesign of a course to include a High Impact Practice (HIP) as outlined by TBR taxonomies and/or the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
- Implementation or design of advising (should align with the Advise to Rise efforts)
- Implementation of technologies in a course/program
- Faculty and student collaborative research
- Scholarly research related to academic discipline or college initiatives
- Projects focused on workforce development
- Research conducted in conjunction with dissertation hours
- Faculty who do not receive a fellowship will be notified in writing.
- Projects that are not selected are eligible for resubmittal the following year.
- Each Faculty Fellow will share their work during the All Faculty meeting at the beginning of the semester.
- Each Faculty Fellow will report monthly, during the fall and spring semesters, to the Director of Instructional Design to work on project aspects
- Faculty Fellows may share their work at conferences, conventions, etc as deemed appropriate.
- Faculty Fellows will be available to provide mentorship to future faculty fellows.
- Faculty Fellows will serve on the selection committee for the subsequent year of their fellowship.
- Faculty Fellows will make their completed work available for the use of the college.
- Each Faculty Fellow will be awarded a $2000 fellowship, plus benefits. 50% of the payment will be awarded halfway through the pilot the remaining 50% will be awarded after pilot reports have been submitted.
- Each Faculty Fellow may count the work of this project as professional development and include the work in the promotion portfolio.
For consideration, each proposal should include the following information:
- Name/Position/Contact information of the faculty member
- General overview of the proposed project
- Description of how the project contributes to the WSCC mission, strategic plan, and goals - https://www.ws.edu/_media/pdf/opra/planning/2019/tbr-spi-2015-2025-rv1.pdf
- Explanation of alignment with WSCC’s core competencies
- SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timely) purposes and objectives associated with the project (these may change as needed as the project progresses)c
- Benefit of the project to the college, division, department/program, or individual
- Potential of the project to be scaled across departments and divisions.
- A statement indicating the the faculty member has made their dean aware of their intent to submit a proposal.
- September: The submission window opens and the call for proposals is publicized
- November: Submission deadline
- December: Subcommittee reviews submissions
- January: Faculty Senate votes on awardees for the year, based on subcommittee recommendations
- February- December- Faculty Fellows meet monthly with the Director of Instructional Design to work on projects