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Call for Nominations: iCons Teaching Fellowship

The UMass iCons Program invites nominations of UMass faculty for its iCons Teaching Fellowship.

NEWS iCons

The iCons Teaching Fellows are to teach one iCons course for two to three years and receive professional development funding for the duration of the fellowship. Faculty may be nominated for the iCons Teaching Fellowship by current iCons students, by their departmental head or chair, by colleagues, or by self-nomination. Nominated instructors will be notified with additional information about the fellowship.

“Having the opportunity to be an instructor in iCons was transformative for my teaching and pedagogy. I learned how to release control to the students and follow their lead while guiding and facilitating a unique learning experience. I took the tools and techniques that I learned and brought them into my current teaching, increasing my innovation around teaching and leading to a more enjoyable teaching and learning experience," said Lena Fletcher, senior lecturer in environmental conservation and former iCons 1 instructor.

Benefits to Becoming an iCons Teaching Fellow:

  • Join an inclusive and supportive community of students, faculty, and staff
  • Receive professional development funds ($2,000 in the second year with the opportunity for subsequent funding if the fellow teaches a third year)
  • Gain access to training in inclusive pedagogy and student-driven instructional methods
  • Bring your research- and problem-expertise into undergraduate education
  • Compensation via course release or add-comp
  • Work with diverse populations of highly motivated undergraduate students
  • Opportunity to recruit outstanding undergraduate researchers into your research lab or group

Benefits to Your Department from Becoming an iCons Teaching Fellow:

  • Positions the Fellow to provide instructional training to faculty in your department
  • Positions your department to offer a greater diversity of experiential learning options
  • Positions the department to win grants via broader-impacts activities enriched by research-based, experiential learning
  • Flexible compensation (course release or add-comp) to meet the needs of your department

Visit https://icons.cns.umass.edu/icons_teaching_fellowship to nominate. Nominations are due by Friday, April 5. For questions on the iCons Teaching Fellowship, please email icons@cns.umass.edu.

iCons’ mission is to inspire a diverse generation of innovators with the attitudes and skills needed to solve the problems facing our world. The 20-credit iCons certificate program consists of one course per year over three years plus an honors-level thesis or project. Building on the disciplinary strength of each student’s major, iCons projects at all levels involve collaborative student teams working on case studies, laboratory experiments, and research – all fostering cross-disciplinary communication and integrative problem-solving skills.