Call for Education Fellow for the 2019-2020 SUTL Graduate Fellows Program

THE SUTL PROGRAM: Lyman Briggs College (LBC) is MSU’s interdisciplinary residential college for the study of the sciences in their societal contexts. Its unique program combines the natural sciences and the history, philosophy, and sociology of science. LBC has long been a leader in STEM and interdisciplinary education innovation. The primary goals of the Lyman Briggs SUTL Fellowship Program are to provide a diverse group of graduate students, committed to undergraduate education, with: (a) experience conducting mentored research on undergraduate teaching and learning; (b) familiarity with contemporary instruction and assessment techniques; and (c) professional and career development opportunities related to undergraduate education. Meeting these goals will result in Fellows who can make meaningful contributions to undergraduate education, as future discipline-based education researchers and/or as practitioners of contemporary scholarly pedagogical methods.

ASSESSING SUTL: The SUTL program at LBC started in 2016-17, and is now entering its 4th year. The SUTL program aims to positive affect the program’s graduate fellows, faculty mentors, and the undergraduate students who are often the subjects of SUTL research projects. It is now time to conduct research that assesses and describes these impacts. Therefore, we invite applications for a SUTL fellow position focused on conducting research on how the SUTL program has impacted fellows, mentors, and students. The graduate student selected for this 12-month fellowship will join the existing cohort of seven SUTL fellows, and will work with the SUTL Program Director to assess the impact of the program itself. This fellowship is expected to culminate in the dissemination of project results via a paper in a peer reviewed journal. Fellow will receive $5000 to support the time they spend investing in their SUTL project work and Fellows’ meetings. See the attached file for more information on the SUTL program.

ELIGIBILITY & DESIRED CHARACTRISTICS: Eligible MSU graduate students must be enrolled full-time in a program leading to a terminal (PhD) degree, ideally focused on some aspect of teaching and learning, either K-12 or higher-ed. Candidates must be in good academic standing, be making progress toward their degree, and have the agreement of their adviser/major professor and department chair. Preference will be given to students who have experience in qualitative methods in education research. Alumni of other education-related fellowship programs may apply (e.g., FAST, JMC IIT, RCAH Fellows). Awards will be made to individuals who have demonstrated high academic achievement, are committed to a career that includes teaching, and show potential for future achievement as teacher-scholars.

Applications must be received by May 24, 2019.  The position runs Aug 16, 2019 through August 15, 2020.

For further information or questions, please contact Peter White at

Application instructions and program details at