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Teaching Fellow Applications

Call for Applications - Fall 2018

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Application Deadline: 8 am, October 11, 2018.

Teaching Fellows provide an educational development leadership opportunity for KPU faculty members. They are seconded from their respective faculty appointments through partial time releases. The purpose of the Teaching Fellows program is to:

1. Enhance the offerings of the Teaching and Learning Commons in support of areas identified as key priorities in our Academic Plan and current institutional priorities.

2. Enable KPU faculty members to serve in this way, as “connector, coach and catalyst” for their colleagues in particular areas of expertise, will be a key way for us to support and advance the quality of our teaching and learning environment. The Vice Provost, Teaching and Learning will serve in turn as a “connector, coach and catalyst” for these Teaching Fellows.

3. Advance KPU in specific areas, establish networks/communities of practice, develop resources and implement a plan for sustainment.

Available Teaching Fellow Position(s)

1. Experiential Education & Community Engagement

Experiential/applied education is core to our student’s experience at KPU with many connecting to communities. It has been identified both in the Strategic Vision 2023 and Academic Plan 2023. Therefore, this position will work closely with members of the KPU community including educators from across the faculties and administrative divisions and the Vice Provost, Teaching & Learning.

Area

Position(s)

Time

Appointment Dates*

Description

Experiential Education & Community Engagement

1

50%-time

January 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020

1. Establish strategic directions and a plan for experiential learning and related community engagement for KPU.

2. Provide consultation, support, resources and training to educators and programs to design, implement and evaluate (e.g. through scholarly inquiry) new or advanced experiential learning opportunities and initiatives.

3. Initiate systems for showcasing common interests, projects, and deliverables.

4. Connect, communicate and celebrate experiential learning at KPU (both internally and externally).

*Note: Given that the inaugural Teaching Fellows started in January and we aim to have future Fellows start with the new Academic Years (September), the 2018 appointments above, reflect the transition. Future appointments will start on September 1.

Detailed Responsibilities

1. Establish strategic directions and a plan for experiential learning and related community engagement for KPU.

2. Provide consultation, support, resources and training to educators and programs to design, implement and evaluate (e.g. through scholarly inquiry) new or advanced experiential learning opportunities and initiatives.

3. Initiate systems for showcasing common interests, projects, and deliverables.

4. Catalyze cross-disciplinary opportunities and coordinate with Volunteer and Career Services, Co-op Education, Open Education, the Library, and others (e.g. AR/VR group), as applicable.

5. Communicate, connect and celebrate experiential learning at KPU including through news articles and organizing the related stream in KPU’s Teaching, Learning, Scholarship & Research Symposium, regular reports through the Teaching & Learning Commons, and maintain and evolve the Experiential Learning website.

6. Attend Faculty and institution-wide meetings when issues pertinent to experiential learning are discussed including the Experiential Learning Committee under the Senate Standing Committee on Teaching and Learning.

7. Grant-writing and development of funding support for new initiatives in adult education, community innovation and/or experiential learning cohort programming.

8. Represent KPU at applicable external meetings/events. (e.g. 2019 C2UExpo (Community-Campus-Exposition), Association for Co-operative Education Conference; Vancouver Community-Campus Engagement Roundtables and sub-committee(s) for Community-First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE); BC/Lower Mainland Best Practices Initiatives (i.e. The Carnegie Foundation's Classification for Community Engagement).

Procedures

Teaching Fellows will be selected through an internally posted competition coordinated by the Office of the Vice Provost, Teaching & Learning. As the posted position reflects a 50%-time release, the appointed faculty member will receive 4 course releases. Re-appointments may occur subject to funding and mutual agreement between the incumbent and Vice Provost, Teaching & Learning and endorsement by the Teaching Fellow Selection Committee. Extensions to or the selection of new foci areas are based on institutional directions (i.e. Academic Plan), activities to date and identified needs.

Eligibility & Selection Criteria

Regular faculty at KPU are eligible to apply for the Teaching Fellow positions. Selection criteria for the appointees (as endorsed by the Senate Standing Committee on Academic Planning and Priorities):

• Direct connection and sufficient knowledge of the applicable theme (Learning Environments, Experiential Learning or K-12 Transformation);
• Published within the last 5 years on the applicable theme (E-letters, presentations, journals, co-authorship, etc.);
• Experience with teaching and/or training teachers;
• Demonstrated ability and commitment to support educators in gaining and adopting new teaching perspectives and practices;
• Demonstrated ability to utilize a learner-centered approach that incorporates diversity and different learning needs;
• Professional development record showing an upgrade of skills at any level on these themes;
• Ability and willingness to work with teams and other fellows;
• Experience implementing their applicable theme at an institutional and program level;
• Ability to persuade colleagues;
• Possesses significant or full understanding of the components of Vision 2018 and the Academic Plan;
• Understands the working relationship with the Vice Provost, Teaching & Learning;
• Committed to continued development in the field of teaching and learning;
• Adventurous approach with a focus on excellence, and
• Applicant’s self-reflective paragraph on the theme(s).

Expectations of Appointees

• Develop goals and a plan of activities with the Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning, with regular reporting;
• Provide consultations and support to KPU educators, create and maintain website pages and resources, develop and coordinate events/training/professional development;
• Participate as an active member of the Teaching & Learning Commons team and collaborate with other community members.

To Apply

1. Review the information in this document.

2. Submit an application consisting of:

a. A cover letter indicating your expertise and outlining your interest in the area including what you would bring to the position (refer to the selection criteria).
b. Curriculum vitae.

3. Submit your application to tlcommons@kpu.ca by 8 AM, Thursday, October 11, 2018.
Applications will be reviewed by the Selection Committee and short-listed applicants may be invited for an interview the week of October 22.

 

[ This program is funded and supported by the Office of the Vice Provost, Teaching & Learning.
Questions? Contact: Stephanie.Chu@kpu.ca ]