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Instructional Design & Support

OIT Faculty Fellow Program

Call for Faculty Fellow Applicants Open!

The OIT Faculty Fellow Program assists in advancing exemplary teaching and enriching the experience of students by implementing projects and strategies that enhance their department’s use of instructional technologies. Faculty Fellows promote OIT services. Fellows are appointed each academic year pending budget approval. Learn more about the Faculty Fellow Responsibilities and our current Fellow below.

To Apply: Select Application Process in the box on the right.

Faculty Fellow Responsibilities

  • Serves as a liaison for faculty discussion and input regarding instructional technology services by,
    • Holding information chats with colleagues (face-to-face or online)
    • Facilitating roundtable discussions
    • Conducting faculty focus groups
    • Identifying opportunities for conducting research with faculty and/or students involved in technology integration endeavors.
  • Develops and facilitates professional development opportunities for colleagues
  • Researches topics for seminars and workshops
  • Helps improve OIT’s services and activities
  • Serves as an advocate for the Office of Information Technology

Fellows will devote approximately ten hours per week working with OIT during the fall and spring semesters and will meet periodically with appropriate staff to exchange ideas. In addition to a general orientation to how OIT’s programs and services are managed, the Fellow will have an opportunity to customize his or her term based on expertise and area(s) of interest, i.e. instructional design for online learning, development of media-enhanced instructional materials, research on a discipline specific use of technology, etc.

NOTE: Faculty Fellow(s) will receive one course release in both fall and spring semester (or a combination of course release and research/travel funds equivalent to a course release) and will serve as a Fellow for one academic year (ten hours per week from August until April).

Meet Our Faculty Fellows

Robert Spirko

Robert SpirkoOIT welcomes Robert Spirko, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English, as the 2017-18 Faculty Fellow. We commend his continued support to faculty and students in adopting accessibility measures while implementing technology into the educational experience.

Spirko’s ongoing interest in the intersection between accessibility and good instructional design principles will be a great asset to his Faculty Fellow tenure.

His proposal suggests a number of engaging options, including:

  • Creating a STEM focus group for accessibility issues in those fields
  • Developing guides for assessing accessibility of materials and developing accessible materials
  • Working specifically with First-Year Composition instructors and the Composition Office to help develop accessible materials
  • Investigating the pedagogical opportunities afforded by accessibility

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