Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Teaching Fellowship Program

2019-20 Application (pdf) (application due April 15, 2019)


The Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Teaching Fellowship Program (IIT) is a partnership between the Michigan State University Graduate School and James Madison Residential College of Public Affairs at Michigan State University.

One of the most pressing issues in higher education today is 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 (JMC), are pleased to cosponsor 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 with JMC faculty to engage in structured discussions on pedagogy and practice, course design and curriculum development. In addition, fellows will have an opportunity 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 JMC undergraduates. In addition, fellows will be encouraged to integrate their work in the IIT fellowship with the University Certification in College Teaching Program

Selected fellows will engage in regular meetings with other fellowship recipients, with JMC faculty, and with JMC students. Fellows are also expected to attend select classes and curricular events in the College on a regular basis. Additionally, fellows will conduct individual or collaborative projects on interdisciplinary undergraduate teaching and mentoring, including Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) projects, and to share their findings in public venues such as electronic portfolios, conferences, and peer-reviewed journals. Fellows are expected to commit approximately 10 hours monthly to the fellowship and will receive $5000 to help support project expenses and/or travel to a conference to share their findings.

The IIT Fellowship Program is for doctoral students with an interest in interdisciplinary inquiry and undergraduate teaching. Although in prior years, the IIT program has been limited to specific colleges, the program welcomes applicants from all colleges whose teaching areas would be relevant to a college of public affairs. Applicants should be enrolled full-time in a program leading to a PhD, have previous teaching experience, be in good academic standing, and making progress on their degrees. Preference will be given to students currently in their second and third 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, as well as 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 in public affairs. 

For further information or questions regarding the program, please contact: Dr. Anna Pegler-Gordon, James Madison College, gordonap@msu.edu or 517-355-6548.