Teaching Fellows Program

Teaching Fellows Program

Call for Proposals for Fellowships Beginning May 1, 2017

In its Strategic Mandate Agreement (2012), Western affirmed its commitment to student success and student focused teaching and learning as part of the best student experience by providing funding to create the Teaching Fellows Program. The goal of the program is to enhance teaching innovation and teaching quality at Western by bringing together a cohort of outstanding Teaching Fellows – faculty members who will provide educational leadership, create Faculty-specific communities of practice, perform research on teaching, and disseminate the knowledge they acquire to the larger university community and beyond. The goal of the program is to have one teaching fellow in each Faculty, engaging in educational leadership for a 3 year term.

Applications are invited for a three-year teaching fellowship, commencing May 1, 2017 in the areas of:

  • Technology-enabled learning
  • Curriculum innovation and experiential learning
  • International education and global learning, or
  • Interdisciplinary learning

Full-time Western Faculty members from the following areas are invited to apply:

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Health Sciences
Western Law
Don Wright Faculty of Music
Faculty of Science
Faculty of Social Science


Since each Faculty may be represented by only one Fellow per 3-year term of the award, faculty members from the Arts and Humanities, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Engineering, and Information and Media Studies are ineligible to apply to the call in 2016, because these Faculties already have a teaching fellow. Applications for new fellows from these Faculties will be invited when the term of the current fellows is completed.

Information Session

Information sessions for interested candidates will be held in early December. These sessions are intended to provide details on the Teaching Fellows Program, give an overview of the application process, and answer questions from attendees.

When: December 1st and 2nd, 2016 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Where: Teaching Support Centre, Weldon Library

Current Fellows

  • Dr. Angela Borchert - Faculty of Arts and Humanities
  • Dr. Ralph Buchal - Faculty of Engineering
  • Dr. Sarah McLean – Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Dr. Sandra Smeltzer - Faculty of Information and Media Studies

We also have four Fellows from our inaugural 2014 cohort who are completing their terms as Teaching Fellows this academic year:

  • Dr. Dan Belliveau – Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Peter Ferguson – Faculty of Social Science
  • Dr. Bethany White - Faculty of Science
  • Dr. George Gadanidis - Faculty of Education

Please see the Teaching Fellows page for more information about the projects of our current Fellows.

Appointment of Teaching Fellows

  • Faculty-specific Teaching Fellows are selected competitively by a panel comprised of past Teaching Fellows, teaching award-winning faculty, and members of the Teaching Support Centre. 
  • Teaching Fellows receive up to a 40% secondment from their Department/Faculty to the TSC for a three-year term, potentially starting May 1, 2017.  Only one Teaching Fellowship will be awarded per Faculty.
  • Teaching Fellows will propose a research project or teaching innovation project on one of the following themes: technology-enabled learning, curriculum innovation and experiential learning, international education and global learning, or interdisciplinary learning.
  • Teaching Fellows are eligible for up to $10,000 funding per year for three years to conduct their scholarly project related to teaching and to support professional development activities within their Faculties.  Monies may be used, for example, to fund graduate student research assistants, to support professional development activities within their home Faculty, or to present projects at national or international teaching conferences. 
  • Teaching Fellows will receive support for their scholarly project from two E-learning and Curriculum Specialists, as well as by the TSC’s Educational Researcher and staff from the Instructional Technology Resource Centre.

Important Dates

  • Deadline for applications: January 13, 2017.
  • Applicants will be informed of the committee’s decision by January 30th, 2017.
  • Up to six fellowships will be awarded beginning May 1, 2017.

Requirements of Recipients

  • Recipients participate in a three-day Great Teachers Seminar (retreat) during the summer/fall of 2017 (dates TBA) to prepare for their role and build their skills for educational leadership. During their term, recipients will be part of the research on teaching and learning community and will meet on a monthly basis to discuss their project.
  • Fellows must be willing to share their advances in teaching with the rest of the University, through promotion or distribution by the Teaching Support Centre; as well as beyond Western – through either publication or presentation at academic conferences (e.g. conferences on teaching in their discipline, or national and international conferences on university teaching, such as the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education; Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education; or Western Conference on Science Education)
  • Teaching Fellows must be willing to provide peer consultations on teaching to at least three colleagues over the three-year term, provide leadership and development on teaching dossiers to faculty, and evaluate grant proposals related to teaching and learning initiatives.
  • With the support of TSC staff, Teaching Fellows must initiate professional development activities around teaching and learning within their home Faculty.
  • Teaching Fellows will submit an interim report after each year of their appointment, in which they summarize their successes and provide a detailed breakdown of the use of project funds during that year. Interim reports are due by the end of year 1 and year 2. .
  • Teaching Fellows must submit a final report outlining the results of their project and the impact of their activities on teaching and learning in the Faculty by the end of their three-year Fellowship term.

Submission Guidelines

Application should be submitted, in a single PDF file, by January 13, 2017 to Dr. Nanda Dimitrov, Teaching Support Centre, by e-mail: nanda.dimitrov@uwo.ca

There are seven parts to the proposal submission:

  1. Executive Summary of the Project (1 page maximum)
  2. The Proposal (5 pages maximum)
    Proposal should include: a rationale for the project; project objectives; expected impact of the project on teaching in the Faculty; time lines; the number of students/faculty/TAs affected by the project; a detailed budget outline**; a plan for the dissemination of the project outcome(s) within the University; a plan for the sustainability of, or differentiation created for Western by, the innovation; overview of data analysis methods used if the projects includes research on teaching.
  3. Short Curriculum Vitae (4 pages maximum)
  4. Teaching Philosophy Statement (2 pages maximum)
  5. Evidence of Leadership in Teaching and Learning (i.e., regular workshops on teaching and learning; services to an educational development centre; support of a teaching and learning committee; grants for teaching and learning projects; research or publications on teaching and learning) (2 pages maximum)
  6. Letter of support from the Dean of the Faculty (confirming the percentage of time the candidate will be seconded from their home Faculty).
  7. Application Cover Sheet (pdf) with the signature of the applicant’s Chair/Director and Dean.

Project Evaluation Criteria

  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in university teaching
  • Demonstrated interest in the development of transformative teaching and learning practices and initiatives
  • Willingness to champion the importance of teaching excellence and student engagement in their home faculty
  • Project strengthens or enhances students' learning
  • Promotes teaching method(s) that is/are new/innovative
  • Includes a plan for relevant evaluation of learning/impact of learning
  • Includes impact or proposed impact of the proposed project on the quality of instruction at Western
  • Includes a conceptual framework/rationale and objectives for the project
  • Develops teaching modules or innovations that have application to other courses/instructors
  • Includes a detailed budget outline with written quotes
  • Includes a plan for the dissemination of the project/innovation within and beyond Western
  • Sustainability of the innovation/impact (will be assisted by eLearning and Curriculum Specialists in the TSC)


Contact: Dr. Nanda Dimitrov, Teaching Support Centre at nanda.dimitrov@uwo.ca or Dr. Ken Meadows at kmeadow2@uwo.ca