The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has announced the inaugural recipients of its Course Hero-Woodrow Wilson Excellence in Teaching Fellowship.
Created by online learning library Course Hero and administered by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the fellowship program supports rising postsecondary educators who demonstrate excellence in and beyond the classroom. Focused on scholars working toward tenure, the fellowship is designed as a sort of "genius grant" and emphasizes the balance between scholarly excellence and commitment to outstanding undergraduate teaching practice.
The inaugural class of fellows includes Max Berkelhammer, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who is conducting research on the natural and anthropogenic processes that influence the atmospheric branch of the water cycle; Jazmin Brown-Iannuzzi, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Kentucky, whose research seeks to understand why racial and economic disparities persist and, in some cases, become more entrenched; Lauren D'Innocenzo, assistant professor of organizational behavior in the Department of Management at Drexel University's LeBow College of Business, where she studies team effectiveness through the lens of emergent dynamics, shared leadership, cross-level influences, and temporal factors; and Ellen Matson, assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Rochester, whose research addresses current global issues related to energy storage and production.
"It is essential that we provide robust opportunities to ensure strong scholarship and research for those seeking a career in higher education," said Stephanie J. Hull, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. "Each of these Course Hero–Woodrow Wilson Fellows exemplifies excellence and innovation in teaching at the undergraduate level, while inspiring students to achieve their own postsecondary education dreams. These fellows represent the very best of what is to come in higher education."