Provost announces faculty fellowships to lead in core areas

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To bridge gaps between faculty and administration and open pathways to leadership, the Office of the Provost is creating a faculty fellows program.

The inaugural fellowships in the Provost Fellows Program will be focused on teaching, leadership and mentorship. The 12-month placements will encompass project management, policy planning, and leadership development.

“We are excited to offer these three positions for provost fellows,” said Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Janet Woodruff-Borden. “As an outgrowth of the Office of the Provost’s pillars of support for faculty research, teaching, leadership and mentorship, these fellowships are designed to develop programming at the university level, connect fellows with colleagues and expand their networks while broadening their own leadership experiences.”

Fellows will receive a package of three course releases, one per academic term, and a $5,000 summer stipend.

Promoted career faculty members — for example, those who are senior instructors or lecturers I and II — or tenure-related faculty members, who are associate or full professors, from all disciplines are invited to apply. The deadline is Feb. 22, and the application requests answers to provided prompts and a curriculum vitae.

A small selection committee for each of the three fellowships will be formed from members of the provost’s academic affairs team, the University Senate and other stakeholders. The committee will present three finalists to the provost for each position.

The teaching fellow position is charged with leading and strengthening a culture of inclusive teaching. As defined by the University Senate, that includes both instruction designed to value and include every student, and creating course content that fully reflects the diversity of the field’s practitioners and questions its assumptions. Candidates should demonstrate concrete insights into how to produce teaching culture change and commitment and experiences related to inclusive and antioppressive teaching.

The leadership fellow position evolved out of the UO Leadership Academy, now in its third year. The fellow’s goals include program creation, such as kicking off a new peer leadership partner program that would pair graduates of the academy with new campus leaders. It also calls for an audit of leadership practices and opportunities across campus with special attention given to the experiences and needs of women and people of color.

The mentorship fellow position is tasked with unifying what can be a sporadic, uneven and highly localized culture of mentorship across campus. The goal will be to help shape mentoring into a responsive, robust and clear set of skills that all faculty members can use to act as mentors. The year-long fellowship would include information-gathering across units, workshop facilitation, and a final report that would propose ways to better define, develop, evaluate and reward mentorship among faculty.

For more information and to apply, visit the Provost Fellows Program website.