Course Hero and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation have issued a call for nominations for their awards for excellence in college-level teaching and an expansion of the fellowship program.
Created by Course Hero and administered by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Course Hero–Woodrow Wilson Fellowships were conceived as "genius grants" for tenure-track faculty who balance scholarly excellence and outstanding undergraduate teaching practices.
The newly expanded program will provide eight fellowships in the humanities/social sciences, life sciences, math/physical sciences, and business. Four fellowships will again be awarded to scholars working toward tenure, with each of these tenure-track fellows receiving $30,000, including $20,000 to engage a research or teaching assistant and $10,000 toward their own research and travel. In addition, four fellowships offering $20,000 each will be awarded to instructors who are not in a tenure-track position.
Non–tenure-track faculty make up one-half to two-thirds of today's faculty workforce in higher education, and they disproportionately teach entry-level undergraduate courses. Many are deeply committed to teaching but have less access to resources and less time to prepare classes. The Course Hero–WW program expansion is intended to acknowledge such instructors’ contributions to teaching excellence.
Exceptional candidates for the Course Hero–WW Fellowships should teach in ways that build student confidence and mastery of a subject; encourage critical thinking; explore foundational concepts through the lens of broader themes and global events; promote the power of learning communities beyond the classroom; leverage technology to complement the classroom experience; consider and serve different ways of learning; prepare students for lifelong learning; and can serve as replicable teaching models for other educators.
For the tenure-track award, eligible candidates must be a junior faculty member in one of the program's fields of focus who has successfully completed his/her institutional review at the midpoint of his/her progress toward tenure. They also must be able to provide evidence of outstanding progress in developing a research dossier for tenure and of excellence in undergraduate teaching. Non–tenure-track candidates, working in the same fields, must be teaching at least two courses per term/semester and have three to seven years' experience in their positions.
All fellows will be invited to engage and collaborate with Course Hero's online learning platform and its growing community of students and educators.
Applications for the 2019 Course Hero–WW Fellowship competition are due November 9, 2018, with the selection of fellows expected to take place in April 2019.
For more information, see the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation website.