Provost Fellows Program

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The Provost Fellows Program

 

The Provost Fellows Program is an integral component of the Office of the Provost’s faculty development programming. It provides a significant professional development opportunity for mid-career faculty interested in learning more about academic leadership and contributing to university-level decision making and initiatives.

Meet our 2021 Fellows

This year's fellowships are in the areas of teaching, leadership, and mentorship, as well as a project focused on academic freedom. Each fellow will help shape a high-priority university initiative:
  • Teaching fellows help UO think strategically about ways that newer teaching modalities can support student access and success across degree programs.
  • Mentorship fellows help UO develop a rich, culturally responsive mentorship culture across campus; 
  • Leadership fellows expand the reach of the UO Leadership Academy and strengthen a culture of transformational and inclusive leadership;
  • Academic Freedom fellow will help further hone UO's response to threats to Academic Freedom.
 
Mentor and Mentee
The Fellowships

Each fellowship involves engagement in a specific project which falls under one of the faculty success pillars of Teaching, Mentorship, Leadership and Scholarship. Fellows will work directly with members of the Academic Affairs team, under the direction of the Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, with opportunities to interact with additional campus leadership. 

Project planning, management, and implementation will be at the core of the fellowship, but personal and professional development are an equally important focus. The fellowship will result in a final report and presentations for senior leadership (i.e., Provost, President, other Vice Presidents). 

At the conclusion of the fellowship, the Provost’s Fellows will have a concrete set of accomplishments, a network of mentors, familiarity with university-level decision-making, and confidence to assume leadership positions of significant responsibility across campus.

Teaching Fellow Project
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Building on what has been learned in recent years regarding complementary affordances of in-person, synchronous online, and asynchronous online learning, the 2022-23 Teaching Fellow will work with Lee Rumbarger, Associate Vice Provost for Teaching Engagement and Carol Gering, Associate Vice Provost for Online Education, to research and refine guidance for teaching across emerging modalities. 

The Teaching Fellow will begin in Summer 2022 by conducting initial research on hybrid and other “post-pandemic” modalities, preparing a bibliography of research into the impact of different modalities on student learning, alongside a review of models used by peer institutions. Fall and winter the Fellow will interview a subset of participants from a Hybrid Pilot program, and additional faculty teaching in various modalities (for example, technology-aided face to face courses, courses with HyFlex options, asynchronous online courses). The Fellow will share their findings in a culminating white paper on peer institution best practices and local lessons learned.  

The Fellow selected will be an engaged teacher, from the tenure track or career faculty ranks (post-promotion) with practical experience in various modalities, who is interested in their own personal and professional growth while learning more about university wide leadership and decision making. 

This yearlong fellowship begins summer 2022 through spring 2023, and includes compensation of either two courses releases or a $20,000 stipend distributed across the 12 months. 

 

Mentorship fellow project

The overarching goal of this fellowship series is to unify what can be a sporadic, uneven, and highly localized culture of mentorship across campus and to help shape mentoring into a responsive, robust, and clear set of skills that all faculty can use to act as mentors. Ultimately, the goal is to define, develop, evaluate and reward culturally responsive mentorship at UO. 

To support this goal, the 2022-23 Mentorship Fellow will work with Sierra Dawson, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty & Leadership Development, to design, coordinate and lead a new peer mentoring program for associate professors. The new year-long program will be designed using the newly drafted UO culturally responsive mentoring principles and will address the challenges of this important mid-career transition into a tenured role. It will be designed to launch recently tenured associate professors on a trajectory towards timely promotion to full professor. The program will be highly structured and focused on the socioemotional, cultural and professional needs of the participants. In addition, the Fellow will contribute to workshops on mentorship for new faculty and unit heads.  

The Fellow selected will be a tenured faculty member who is attuned to the challenges and needs of new associate professors, and who is interested in their own personal and professional growth while learning more about university wide leadership and decision making. This yearlong fellowship begins summer 2022 through spring 2023, and includes compensation of either two courses releases or a $20,000 stipend distributed across the 12 months. 

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Leadership Fellow Project
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The goal of this Fellowship series is to continue to extend the UO Leadership Academy’s reach in changing the culture of leadership on our campus through initiatives that increase capacity for inclusive transformational leadership from any position.  

The 2022-23 Leadership Fellow will work with AVP Sierra Dawson to design, coordinate and lead a new year-long peer coaching program for local leaders; pairing new unit heads and new University Senate committee chairs with UO Leadership Academy program graduates. In addition, the Fellow will develop an onboarding and training program for University Senate chairs and senate committees, to facilitate committee outcomes and help committees to engage productively throughout the year.  

The Fellow selected will a tenured or career faculty graduate of the UO Leadership Academy with some knowledge of the University Senate, interested in their own personal and professional growth while learning more about university wide leadership and decision making.  

This yearlong fellowship begins summer 2022 through spring 2023, and includes compensation of either two courses releases or a $20,000 stipend distributed across the 12 months. 

 

Academic Freedom Fellow Project

The Office of the Provost maintains that faculty must be able to research and teach without fear of interference or reprisals within established legal and ethical bounds. In Fall 2021, the Office of the Provost launched an Academic Freedom website to reaffirm the UO's commitment to the principle of Academic Freedom and to provide faculty with pertinent resources. In 2022, the Office of the Provost will host a virtual conference dedicated to aspects of Academic Freedom.  

The Provost's Fellow will work closely with Gabe Paquette, Vice Provost of Academic Affairs, to co-convene a working group dedicated to Academic Freedom-related issues, to develop additional faculty-facing resources, and to hone the UO's response to threats to Academic Freedom.     

The Fellow selected will be a faculty member who has been promoted (e.g., associate professor, senior instructor I) with research and teaching duties. 

This yearlong fellowship extends from summer 2022 through spring 2023. The Fellow should expect to spend an average of 5 hours each week on fellowship-related projects, but there will be some variation in the intensity of their work over the course of the academic year. The Provost's Fellow will receive a single course release or $8,000 stipend distributed across the 12 months.  

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