UAB’s Faculty Fellows in Undergraduate Research program is a one-year fellowship designed to accelerate the work of faculty members eager to develop exemplary curricular approaches to education. These courses will promote the development of team-based undergraduate research in the first or second year. The program aims to integrate the philosophy, pedagogy, and process of team-based undergraduate research into the UAB academic environment. 

The goal of the program is to provide a venue for faculty to design a new course or to modify an existing course to include a research component. The Fellows program is structured around a year-long series of workshops (a total of six meetings) designed to help faculty develop a strong background in team-based research pedagogy. The workshops explore theories, implementation, and assessment of academic team-based research and how to integrate this methodology into courses across the disciplines.

Faculty Fellows in Undergraduate Research Application

 

Benefits of Participation

For faculty members accepted into the program, the Fellowship allows for an intellectual venue in which faculty can exchange ideas with an academically diverse group and learn from the experiences of other Fellows in the program. Faculty will leave the program with a revised course syllabus and the tools and resources needed to successfully implement a team-based undergraduate research course. Additionally, faculty members will benefit from connections to outside resources and membership in a university-wide academic engaged scholarship network. 

Participating faculty members will be provided with topic-specific readings and materials in advance of each workshop and have one-on-one assistance identifying additional discipline-specific resources and model courses that integrates team-based research. 

Financially, the Fellowship provides a $1,500 enhancement grant to each Fellow to support course development and research. Funds can be used for teaching/research materials, hourly help by students or additional support staff, related travel, or other appropriate uses at the determination of the Fellow and his or her department head and college dean.

 

Expectations

Faculty Fellows in Undergraduate Research will meet on the following six dates from 1:00 pm-3:00 p.m. You will be responsible for attending all of these and at least one individual meeting held in early December. It is essential that you attend all of the meetings. If you have a class conflict or anticipate that you may be attending conferences or other meetings, please apply at another time when you will be able to make these meetings a priority. The best possible experience takes place when all of the members of the program can attend and discuss the topics presented.

The seminar dates are:

Fall 2017Spring 2018
Friday, September 15 Friday, January 12
Friday, October 13 Friday, February 9
Friday, November 10 Friday, March 9
*possible August Boot Camp TBA  

Faculty will work with the Office of Service Learning and Undergraduate Research to manage placements, assessments, and structured experiences, and will commit to offering at least one undergraduate research course within one year of completing the program. This course is expected to be maintained in the department’s curriculum as an ongoing regular course offering, not taught as a one-time course. During implementation of the course, fellows will have the continued assistance and support of UAB’s Service Learning Coordinators. 

Faculty Fellows will also present their team-based undergraduate research work to their department (at a faculty meeting or brown bag luncheon). Faculty Fellows alumni may be called upon to present their experiences as instructors of each developed UR course during the following academic year to the future Faculty Fellows. (We are sensitive to faculty workloads and will respect the time commitment of faculty participants). We intend that Fellows will serve as advocates and resources for team-based undergraduate research in their home departments and provide consultations on team-based undergraduate research to colleagues.

 

Eligibility and Selection Process

The Faculty Fellows in Engaged Scholarship program is open to all faculty members involved in undergraduate teaching (tenured and tenure-track faculty, professional and administrative educational staff, and adjunct/lecturer instructors) from any department on campus. Priority will be given to those teaching undergraduate courses, but faculty teaching graduate courses may apply.

Applicants will be selected based on the quality of their personal statements, the potential sustainability of the course(s) they propose, and the support they have from their schools/college and academic departments. The program aims for Fellows from diverse areas of campus, so multiple members applying from the same department is discouraged. A panel of current and former Faculty Fellows in Engaged Scholarship reviews applications.