The University of Massachusetts Amherst

SBS Senior Lecturer Professional Improvement Fellowship

The SBS Senior Lecturer Professional Improvement Fellowship provides a one-semester release for select non-tenure-track faculty in the College who have achieved the rank of Senior Lecturer or above, to engage in professional improvement activities that directly relate to their job responsibilities and/or advance important initiatives of the College or their department.

Each recipient shall, upon completion of the fellowship, file a detailed report of their activities with their Department Chair and Dean.

Potential Senior Lecturer Professional Improvement projects include:

  • A project to revamp a large general education course to significantly increase student engagement and provide more experiential learning.
  • A project to study and introduce best practices to increase retention of students from underrepresented groups in the major.
  • A project to use data from the EAB Student Success Collaborative to provide more intentional advising to students in the major.
  • A project to study and introduce best practices for assessing students’ achievement of learning goals.
  • A project to revise the curriculum in the major to provide for-credit internships based at the Mount Ida Campus.
  • A project to revise the curriculum in the major to provide year-round education, so students can complete their degrees more quickly or free up time for internships or coops.
  • A project that develops strategies for integrating academic, experiential, and professional development competencies and reflection (SBS Pathways) into course design.

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