Loyola University Maryland

Faculty Development

Digital Teaching Fellows

Digital Teaching Fellows are full-time faculty members who are committed to deepening their understanding of how technology affects teaching and learning. In collaboration with the Office of Digital Teaching and Learning, each of the cohort's participants will design and conduct an applied pedagogic research project for one of their courses focusing on the intersection of technology and teaching online or in the classroom. While projects will be individual to each participant, together the work of the Fellows will center on and speak to a common theme specific to the cohort. Digital Teaching Fellows form a professional learning community who share their expertise with the broader Loyola community by distilling key lessons and best practices from both the existing literature and their own research and sharing that knowledge through faculty development activities offered throughout the year (e.g., symposia, workshops, sessions offered at the Teaching Enhancement Workshops, mentoring other faculty).  

Working in collaboration with the Office of Digital Teaching and Learning (ODTL), Digital Teaching Fellows serve for two years and receive $2,000 ($1,000 each year) for their service to the university. Fellows elect a chair, annually. The chair convenes monthly meetings, facilitates discussions, coordinates faculty development activities, and prepares a brief annual report that summarizes the Fellows’ activity for the year. The chair receives an additional $1000 for each year of service.  

Overview

An overview of the Fellows’ activities by year is offered below:

Year 1

  • Meeting regularly with cohort members and the ODTL to discuss practices, relevant literature, proposed projects, progress, results, and key ideas related to the common theme
  • Planning an application-based research project during the Fall semester to be implemented in a course during the Spring semester
  • Collecting data throughout the Spring semester 
  • Sharing findings and lessons learned through venues such as web-based resources, workshops, and informal interactions with other faculty 
  • Offering a session during the Spring Teaching Enhancement Workshop related to the common theme

Year 2

  • Serving as a mentor to members of the incoming cohort
  • Facilitating discussions with the incoming cohort and the ODTL around best practices and lessons learned for digital teaching and pedagogic research
  • As a cohort, presenting findings related to individual research projects as they relate to the common theme to the Loyola community (e.g., research symposium offered in Fall semester, sessions at Fall TEW)
  • Being available to serve as a mentor to faculty and programs interested in a deep-dive collaboration on implementing best practices in digital teaching
  • Revising teaching approaches based on research findings
  • Optionally continuing to collect data and share updated findings internally and externally (e.g., conference presentations, journal submissions)

The Charge

Digital Teaching Fellows are charged with creating a professional learning community to explore the impact of technology on teaching and learning, promote best practices related to the utilization of technology online and in the classroom, and serve as a campus resource for expertise in digital teaching and learning.

Theme for AY 22-23: Equity-Minded Digital Teaching Practice 

Equity-minded teaching affirms students’ cultural and racial identities (particularly those of minoritized students), recognizes the strengths, assets, and knowledge that students bring to the classroom based on their lived experience, and seeks to address racial inequities in students’ academic outcomes (Castillo-Montoya, 2020).

Apply to be a Digital Teaching Faculty Fellow

All full-time faculty members except one-year visiting faculty are eligible to apply. Applications will be reviewed and fellows selected by a committee consisting of the Director of ODTL, an Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, and a rotating guest reviewer based on the common theme. Fellows selected by the committee must be approved by their Dean prior to participation.

Please apply using the form below.

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