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Teaching Fellows

Call for Applications

Deadline: 8 am, Monday, October 2, 2017    PDF icon PDFof the information below.

Note: short-listed applicants may be requested to interview on Friday, October 6 (Surrey campus or via Blue Jeans). 

Teaching Fellows program provide an educational development leadership opportunity for KPU faculty members. They are seconded from their respective faculty appointments through partial time releases.

Area

Position(s)

Time

Appointment Dates*

Description

Learning Environments

1

25%-time

January 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019

To advance KPU’s classroom, online and blended learning through teaching practices, tools and technologies and classroom design.

Experiential Learning

1

25%-time

January 1 to December 31, 2018

To (1) support faculty and instructors to realize KPU’s polytechnic mandate through the expansion and enhancement of experiential learning opportunities, and (2) establish a network/community of practice, resources and plan to sustain EL at KPU.

K-12 Transformation

2 - from different disciplines

25%-time

January 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019

To prepare KPU educators and programs for the extensive K-12 curriculum changes and incoming students.

*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.

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.

Teaching Fellows will be selected through an internally posted competition coordinated by the Office of the Vice Provost, Teaching & Learning. As all positions reflect a 25%-time release, each appointed faculty member will receive 2 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;
  • Possessing significant or full understanding of the components of Vision 2018 and the Academic Plan;
  • Understanding of the working relationship with the Vice Provost, Teaching & Learning;
  • Commitment 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 Appointments

  • 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:
    1. A cover letter indicating your area of experience (learning environments, experiential learning, or K-12 transformation) outlining your interest in the area including what you would bring to the position (refer to the selection criteria).
    2. Curriculum vitae.
  3. Submit your application to tlcommons@kpu.ca by 8 AM, Monday, October 2, 2017. Applications will be reviewed and applicants informed by mid-October.

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