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OIT Faculty Fellow Program

OIT Announces New Faculty Fellow!

OIT is pleased to announce Dr. Sean Morey, Assistant Professor in the Department of English, as the 2018-19 OIT Faculty Fellow. His proposal is well-suited to the Faculty Fellow objectives. We commend him for his support to faculty and students in exercising collaboration and creative discovery while implementing technology into the educational experience. We’re delighted for the opportunity to work in collaboration with him to further enhance teaching and learning at UTK.

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.

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 Fellow

Sean Morey

Dr. Morey’s interest in emerging technologies, specifically Augmented Reality (AR) as a writing tool, its potential use for experiential learning, and how it might be used pedagogically across disciplines, will be a great asset to his Faculty Fellow tenure. Some of Dr. Morey’s proposed tasks include:

  • Developing outreach initiatives including faculty discussions and a focus group on how AR is/can be  used throughout campus to enhance teaching and learning.
  • Assisting OIT with assessing emerging digital technologies for Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and accessibility compliance.
  • Producing AR-related teaching and scholarship along with instructor training in AR to help position UTK as an emerging leader in using AR for education.

The OIT Faculty Fellow Program assists in advancing exemplary teaching and enriching the experience of students by implementing projects that enhance their department’s use of instructional technologies. Faculty Fellows also promote the services available through OIT. Fellows are appointed each academic year.

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