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Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Teaching Fellowship Program
The Graduate School and James Madison College, Michigan State University

One of the most pressing issues in higher education today remains the preparation of future faculty for undergraduate teaching. As such, graduate education in the 21st century university pushes against traditional notions and expectations, demanding graduate students not only acquire subject matter expertise, but also the ability to translate this knowledge into successful teaching and learning. The Graduate School at Michigan State University (MSU) and James Madison College (MSU) are pleased to co-sponsor an opportunity for graduate students to prepare for such work—the Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Teaching (IIT) Fellowship Program.

The primary goal of the IIT Fellowship Program is to broaden and enrich the professional development experience of a diverse group of graduate students by placing them within an environment, James Madison College, with an established tradition in excellence in undergraduate teaching. Students selected for this full-year program will work closely with faculty at James Madison to engage in structured discussions on pedagogy and practice and on course design and curriculum development. Fellows will be mentored in reflecting on their own teaching experiences in a systematic way in light of these discussions. In addition, fellows will have an opportunity to work with core faculty to investigate questions concerning the intellectual coherence and viability of interdisciplinary teaching and learning. In this latter work, they will have opportunities for general interactions with undergraduates.

In the 2013-2014 year, fellows will also be invited to participate in a new initiative undertaken by the IIT program: the Visible Interdisciplinary Design (VID) Project. This project is to develop an on-line archive of the pedagogic reasoning involved in designing interdisciplinary course syllabi with a focus on assessment of student learning.

The IIT Fellowship Program is for doctoral students in the social sciences and humanities with an interest in interdisciplinary inquiry and undergraduate teaching. The program welcomes applicants from the Colleges Arts and Letters, Social Sciences, Education, and Communications Arts and Sciences. Selected fellows will engage in regular meetings with other fellowship recipients, with JMC faculty, and with Madison students: they will be invited to observe Madison classes; to attend curricular events within the College; and, to meet with fellows participating in similar MSU programs. Fellows will undertake individual or collaborative projects on interdisciplinary undergraduate teaching, including but not limited to Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL). Each fellow will receive $5,000 to help support project expenses and/or travel to a conference to disseminate findings. Each is expected to commit approximately 8-10 hours monthly to the fellowship

Applicants should be enrolled full-time in a program leading to a PhD, be in good academic standing and making progress on their degrees; and, they must have previous teaching experience. Preference will be given to students in their second, third and fourth years of doctoral study. Applicants should submit the attached application form; a CV; and, a brief essay that describes their interest in and previous work with interdisciplinarity, and their specific interest in the IIT program. Awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panel, have demonstrated academic achievement, interest in interdisciplinarity and undergraduate teaching, and engagement with issues relevant to the study of public affairs. Applications must be submitted on or before March 22, 2013; interviews to follow. Announcement of fellowship recipients will be made by April 22, 2013.

For further information or questions regarding the program, please contact Dr. Colleen Tremonte in James Madison College, 371 North Case Hall, or by email ( Application materials may be submitted either to the above campus address or electronically.

2013-14 IIT Fellowship Program Application

Last Modified: 2/18/2013

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