Call for Applications: New Fellows, Director

Note: This call was for Spring 2018. Our next call for new Fellows is planned for Spring 2019.

Call for Fellows

The Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences invites applications from any continuing NTE or tenure-eligible faculty to serve as Fellows in the Center for the Liberal Arts. Fellows are charged with imagining and inspiring new ways to sustain faculty creativity and propel forward the aspirational goals of the College Curriculum. Fellows should be prepared to work with and support faculty across Arts & Sciences. Positive energy, a willingness to be experimental and innovative in a collaborative setting, and outstanding communication skills are crucial.

Call for the Next Director of the CLA

This year we are also searching for the next Director of the CLA. Eligibility for this three-year position is restricted to tenured faculty in A&S who are current, former, or newly-appointed CLA Fellows.

Work of the CLA

CLA top priorities in AY2018-19 are expected to be continued implementation and experimentation involving COLL 300 and COLL 400 courses. The time commitment of your work as a CLA Fellow is roughly equivalent to that required in teaching one new course per semester.

CLA Fellows work to:

  • Collaborate in achieving the aspirational goals for the COLL curriculum by developing innovative approaches to teaching COLL courses.
  • Design, deliver, and administer workshops, short courses, December/January and May seminars, and other programs, in collaboration with faculty and on-campus and off-campus partners, to support the COLL Curriculum.
  • Select faculty-proposed themes and visitors for the campus COLL 300. Assist with coordinating and delivering the visitor series.
  • Help faculty design COLL courses that speak to the largest goals of the liberal arts and embody our commitment to the teacher-scholar model of education.
  • Assist in outreach efforts in support of the COLL Curriculum.
  • Provide intellectual guidance to centers that affect student success in the COLL Curriculum.
  • Act as a resource for curriculum development of COLL courses, in collaboration with the Educational Policy Committee and the Dean’s Office.

The following framework helps to structure the Fellows’ contributions:

First year (starting in May 2018):
  • Develop a new COLL course and win EPC approval
  • Collaborate in a CLA / COLL endeavor of strategic importance
  • Attend internal CLA planning retreat (Monday, May 14, 2018, 9 am - 4 pm)
  • Attend weekly planning meetings during academic semesters (Mondays, 11-12:30)
  • Serve as CLA point of contact for a campus semester COLL 300 theme and related visitor series
  • Propose an internal CLA-funded innovation project
Second year (starting in May 2019):
  • Teach a new COLL course
  • Serve as lead for a CLA / COLL endeavor of strategic importance
  • Attend internal CLA planning retreat (TBD)
  • Attend weekly planning meetings during academic semesters (Mondays, 11-12:30)
  • Serve as CLA point of contact for a campus semester COLL 300 theme and related visitor series

Note that faculty chosen as new Fellows will be expected to attend a one-day retreat on Monday, May 14, 2017, 9 am - 4 pm. New Fellows will join the current fellows to discuss past efforts, become acquainted with the full range of CLA programs and partners, and brainstorm plans for the coming year.

Fellow Applications

Fellowships are two-year terms carrying an annual stipend of $5,000. Fellows will be appointed in January 2018. Your application should consist of a one-page letter explaining in detail your demonstrated interest in and proposed contributions to the Center for the Liberal Arts and the College Curriculum, along with a current CV. Current Fellows will review applicants and recommend a slate of new Fellows for review by the Dean's Office. Please send your application to [[stmorris, Sharon Morris]] by January 10, 2018.

Director Applications

All applicants for Director should describe the administrative experience you bring to the position, your vision for the CLA, and how specifically you would carry this vision to fruition in your three-year term as Director. If you are not a current or former Fellow, please also complete the application to become a Fellow and indicate in your letter of intent whether you are willing to serve as a Fellow if not selected as Director.