Duties of Specific Faculty Fellows

All Fellows will be tenured faculty. They will receive a one course load reassignment and $1,500 stipend (except for Fellow in Residence) each semester for these duties. The following are the descriptions of the available fellowships:

Fellow in Residence

Receive a one course load reassignment and $2,500 stipend each semester for these duties

Specific additional duties could include, but are not limited to:


  •    Cascade (basic, intermediary, and MyVSU ad creation)
  •    E-Pro (basic class at least)
  •    R25 Calendar program
  •    Qualtrics

Create programming at The IDEA Center, in collaboration with other IDEA Center Fellows

  •     Use USG faculty needs assessment and campus needs assessment data in planning
  •     Groups/circles
  •     Workshops
  •     Input programming into Cascade and Qualtrics
  •     Train leaders
  •     Assess groups and leaders

Coaching and mentoring (on average 5-10 faculty per semester)

  •     Regular meetings with these faculty
  •     Do classroom observations and written evaluations
  •     Maintain confidential records


  •     Meet with direct supervisor, the Interim Dean of the Honors College as needed
  •     Schedule meetings with Fellows, create agenda for meetings
  •     Work with Advisory Board for the IDEA Center
  •     Attend USG Teaching and Learning Directors meetings as VSU representative
  •     Attend Professional Development Committee meetings
  •     Member, VSU teaching conference(s) steering committee(s) or designate other Fellow as representative
  •     New Faculty Orientation Planning committee
  •     Attend Department Heads’ Council and one or two other collaborative groups which AVPAA calls together, upon request
  •     Ideally, attend every academic department’s meeting at least one time per year

Supervise Pedagogical Innovation Grantees

  •     Private meetings with each
  •     Classroom visit in Fall term (in collaboration with other Fellows)
  •     Maintain steady correspondence with them
  •     Manage all paperwork (e.g., midterm and end of semester reports, final project report, extra compensation forms)

Manage IDEA Center Budget

  •     Develop budget
  •     Manage extra compensation forms for Grantees, Fellows, Group Leaders
  •     Order supplies as needed in E-Pro
  •     Work with Interim Dean of Honors College on budget issues

Manage circles/groups/workshops

  •     Lead 1-3 circles/groups per semester
  •     Advertise via VSU faculty listserv (email, tweet, etc.)
  •     Create MyVSU ads for workshops
  •     Maintain accurate registration list
  •     Inform leaders of registrants
  •     Send attendance information so that it can be inputted into Employee & Professional Development software
  •     Input all information in R25 Calendar
  •     Assess groups and leaders at end of term
  •     Confidentiality statements

Act as IDEA Center Communication Point of Contact

  •     Manage IDEA Center web pages
  •     Manage IDEA Center email
  •     Tweet for IDEA Center
  •     Input all events into R25 Calendar program

Direct at least 1-3 Dissertation Dive In groups (online or face to face), in conjunction with the Graduate School

Be present at and involved in New Faculty Orientation and the planning for the Orientation

Supervise Graduate Assistant if budget supports hiring one

Hold office hours/have a consistent presence at Fellows’ Office in The IDEA Center

Other duties as assigned by VPAA Office or Interim Dean of the Honors College

Community Engagement Fellow

This Fellow would encourage collaboration between institutions of higher education and local/state, national, and global communities for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.

Specific additional duties could include, but are not limited to:

  • Building relationships (outreach) and helping to implement change

  • Helping to fold international students and their cultures into VSU’s and our region’s cultural patterns

  • Working with faculty, staff, and community partners to create community-based activities which are well integrated into the learning process

  • Devising ways for VSU to interact more effectively with the many communities in which it participates:

  • Enhancing curriculum, teaching, and learning through interaction with regional communitiesPreparing educated, engaged citizens who incorporate democratic values and civic responsibility into their decisions and who work toward the public good.

    • Facilitating community retreats
    • Addressing critical societal issues
    • Establishing a partnership of university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity

Diversity and Social Equity Innovation Fellow

This Fellow would bring his or her knowledge of the importance of diversity and social justice to assist faculty and staff in “building a campus climate that upholds the dignity of each community member” (Elon University Inclusive Community Council).

Specific additional duties could include, but are not limited to:

  • Working to ensure that the curriculum and classroom environments are welcoming and inclusive for students
  • Working on creating strategies to recruit and retain a more diverse faculty
  • Working with campus staff to ensure that international students understand the academic and social culture of VSU and have opportunities to share their cultural traditions with the campus and community
  • Encouraging faculty use accessible materials so that all students can be successful.

Research Fellow

This Fellow would bring his or her expertise in conducting research to consult with and train other faculty and staff, in order to help with the development of their research or publication of their scholarship.

Specific additional duties could include, but are not limited to:

  • Outreach to academic programs, departments, and the Graduate School to ascertain the needs and concerns related to research
  • Planning and coordinating group activities to inform the VSU community about research and publishing opportunities and to encourage involvement in those venues
  • Coordinating access to research tools and tutoring in areas such as statistics, literature searching, and requirements of the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (IRB) and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
  • Helping faculty apply outcomes of their research to the other areas of excellence, i.e., teaching, community engagement, technological innovation, diversity and social equity, and entrepreneurship.

Teaching Fellow

This fellowship serves to foster and enhance the teaching skills of VSU faculty in an effort to hone skills in the traditional teaching environment while developing skills in new and rapidly emerging teaching environments.

Specific additional duties could include, but are not limited to:

  • Exploring ways of developing more effective teaching techniques, which may lead to:
    • Faculty becoming more effective teachers
    • Improvement in faculty member's SOI scores
    • Development of peer review technques and models
    • Improvement in super-sections pedagogy
  • Learning new teaching skills
  • Working with the Graduate School on the continued development of graduate assistantships
  • Preparing faculty for the different types of classes they might teach (online, super sections, face-to-face, hybrid, weekend style) and different types of students (returning adult learners, students with disabilities, military students and veterans, digital natives, etc.) that they might encounter in classes
  • Sharing best practices of developing and refreshing courses
  • Sharing best practices of using graduate assistants in the undergraduate learning process
  • Assessing the best way to reward good teachers.

Teaching and Technology Fellow

This fellowship fosters a multi-disciplinary learning community that explores possibilities and good practices in technology-rich learning environments, produces scholarship in this area, and advances faculty leadership around these issues.

Specific additional duties could include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaborating with eLearning, Information Technology, and other entities with technology expertise to aid faculty with best use of new technological teaching strategies
  • Showcasing best practices in technological pedagogy through workshops, webinars, or other appropriate means
  • Effective use of technology in teaching which would assist in:
    • Creation of online classes
    • Teaching across disciplines
    • Delivery of super-sections.

Writing and Publishing Fellow

This fellowship serves to foster strong academic writing skills across the campus community. The person will work with individual writers to develop better writing habits, address writing issues, and understand the publishing process.

Specific additional duties could include, but are not limited to:

  • Leading 1-2 writing groups per semester
  • Lead AcWriMo on campus
  • Lead at least 1-2 Dissertation Dive In groups (face to face and/or online)
  • Offer workshops about writing and publishing


Much of the content of these descriptions arose from comments about faculty needs, which were stated in the Faculty Excellence Initiative’s surveys done in Spring 2012, from its focus groups conducted in Fall 2012, and from data gathered from similar Centers across the country, as well as language from educational policymakers, such as the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.