Lilly Teaching Fellowship

The Lilly Fellowship Program for Teaching Excellence enables promising early-career tenure-track faculty to cultivate teaching excellence in a special year-long collaboration. Each year, up to eight teaching fellows are selected to work closely with TEFD on individual projects that typically involve developing or redesigning a course. This is a competitive award program with a long history at UMass Amherst that extends back to 1986. 

Alexandra Meliou (Computer Science) and Bradley Bennett (Accounting)

Alexandra Meliou (Computer Science) and Bradley Bennett (Accounting), two of the seven Lilly Fellows from 2016-2017

Program Goals 

The purpose of this program is to enable promising early-career faculty to develop and expand their expertise in teaching while pursuing the scholarly activity expected of faculty at a major research university. Lilly Fellows will also share their growing expertise with colleagues at the departmental, school/college, and/or campus-wide levels to ensure that the benefits of this premier program reach and support the greater UMass teaching community.

Eligibility & Selection Criteria

TEFD is soliciting nominations of faculty members who meet the following criteria when the fellowship year begins in August 2018:

  • Full-time tenure-track position (or tenured for no more than one calendar year)
  • At least two full semesters of teaching experience at UMass Amherst
  • Demonstrate considerable promise in teaching and research
  • Show empathy for student perspectives, strong interest in undergraduate student success, and a commitment to developing high-impact teaching practices
  • Potential for making a positive impact within the Lilly cohort and on the teaching culture in the home department, school/college, and/or broader campus community

Nomination Process

The chair/head completes the enclosed nomination form for each nominee from their department. A maximum of two nominations are allowed from each department, and must be submitted to TEFD by the dean.  The chair/head and dean agree that they will be able to provide a 1-course release during the 2018-19 academic year, or an alternative arrangement that will allow equivalent time in the faculty member’s schedule to engage fully in the activities of the program.  We also request that the applicant and chair disclose possible semester(s) away from campus that would limit Lilly Fellowship availability. Fellowship nominees from previous years are welcome to reapply. Those who have previously been a Lilly Fellow may not reapply. The role of the dean is to approve the list of candidates submitted to TEFD – sending applications to TEFD shall be considered evidence of dean approval.

A selection committee comprised of former fellows and TEFD staff will review nomination packages. Pending the volume of nominations, the selection committee may request in-person interviews with finalists only. Fellows will be selected by mid-March 2018. 

Deadlines

Complete Nomination Packages due from the department to their dean no later than: Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 5 PM Eastern

Complete Nomination Packages due to TEFD from each college no later than: Friday, January 12, 2018, 5 PM Eastern

Fellowship Components

During the 2018-19 academic year, Lilly Fellows will: 

  • Attend regular cohort meetings every 2 weeks, with readings and assignments in between (approximately 2-3 hours of work between meetings). 
  • Design or substantially redesign a course, which will include developing a new syllabus, learning objectives, assessments, course materials, and activities. 
  • Develop a proposal for a teaching development workshop at the departmental, school/college, or campus-wide level, which the fellow will give the following year.
  • Complete a portfolio that includes reflection essays and baseline teaching and learning data. 
  • Participate in evaluation activities that measure the effect of the program on both the fellows’ teaching and the new or redesigned course.

Compensation

The UMass administration and TEFD staff understand that the Lilly Fellowship will be a rewarding but rigorous experience. Therefore, TEFD and the Office of the Chancellor provide the following compensation in recognition of the substantial commitment necessary to participate in this program:

  • A $7,000 grant to the fellow’s home department—To be used toward the cost of one course release during the fellowship year. Nominations must include agreement by the department chair/head and dean that such a release can be arranged or an alternative accommodation for equivalent time can be provided.
  • A $7,000 transfer to the fellow’s research trust fund—Provided after successful completion of all academic year fellowship components. At least half of these funds are intended to go toward support of ongoing course development activities during the summer, such as summer salary, student support, and books and supplies.  

Current and Past Lilly Teaching Fellows

For more information, contact Brian Baldi