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Faculty Development and Innovation Center Fellowship

Spring 2023

The Faculty Development and Innovation Center is accepting applications for the inaugural FDIC Fellow through October 15, 2022.

The competitive Faculty Development and Innovation (FDIC) Fellows Program is designed to foster faculty engagement and scholarship in teaching and learning at Eastern Illinois University. The fellowship supports one faculty member each fall and spring semester in their advancement and completion of quality, innovative projects that aim to improve the understanding of teaching and learning.

Fellowship Overview

The FDIC Fellowship is a one semester commitment. Fellows will collaborate with the Director of Faculty Development in conceptualizing and operationalizing their project; the director will oversee the direction and progress of the project. It is the fellows’ responsibility to organize meetings with the director and other interested or integral individuals.

FDIC Fellows will develop and conduct a workshop or webinar on their project, and on implementing insights from their research to EIU faculty, instructors, and staff. FDIC staff with provide support in developing the workshop and/or webinar.

Fellowship recipients may be invited to mentor new FDIC Fellows following their tenure and to serve, as needed, to consult with colleagues after their fellowship is completed.

Fellowship Benefits and Expectations

  • Each fellow will receive up to $2000.00 in a fellowship budget through the Faculty Development and Innovation Center. All funds will be managed by the FDIC Director and must be spent on fellowship research and activities.
  • Fellows will be provided an office in the FDIC Suite, 1105 Booth Library.
  • Fellows will conduct research and related activities focused on their application and innovative study or applied pedagogical project.
  • Fellows will conduct a workshop or webinar focused on implementing insights from their fellowship to EIU faculty, instructors, and staff in the semester following the successful completion of the fellowship.
  • Fellows will prepare a final report, white paper, or other summary product by the final day of the term in which they served as the FDIC Fellow.
  • Fellows will collaborate directly with the Director of Faculty Development and Innovation, as well as with the FDIC staff as needed.
  • Fellows are expected to be in the FDIC at least 5 hours per week during the semester in which they are receiving their award.

Spring 2023 Fellowship Timeline

Applications are due October 15, 2022. Please submit all application materials to

The FDIC Fellow for Spring 2023 will be announced in mid-November 2022.

With the support of the FDIC Director, the FDIC Fellows should plan to complete all project planning (i.e., develop project and obtain IRB approval, etc.) prior to the beginning of the Spring semester, January 4, 2023.

The fellowship will end on the final day of the Spring 2023 semester, May 8, 2023, with all spending completed no later than May 15, 2023.

Fellowship Deliverables

Fellows will submit a final report, white paper, or other summary product by the final day of the term in which they received their award, May 8, 2023.

FDIC Fellows will construct and conduct a workshop or webinar on the insights from their project in the Fall 2023 semester.

FDIC Fellows will develop curricular or other materials based on their project for the FDIC.

Application Requirements

Project Proposal Narrative (3-4 pages):

  • Introduction of the pedagogical / teaching and learning research question or innovative project.
  • Initial literature review with emphasis on how the proposed project builds on/responds to previous scholarship on teaching and learning.
  • Description of how the proposed project is expected to impact student learning and how this project will integrate with the teaching of one or more courses at EIU.
  • Description of how the project will integrate and/or build upon existing resources, including but not limited to, the CSI Active Learning Classroom or suite of online instructional technologies available to EIU faculty.

Supporting Documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae (with pedagogical or scholarship of teaching and learning research, activities, and/or service highlighted)
  • Letter of support from the department chair

Example FDIC Fellowship Topics

  • Inclusive teaching tools
  • Authentic / real-world assessment strategies
  • Flipped classrooms as instruction model
  • Active learning strategies in traditional classrooms
  • Online active learning strategies
  • Multimodal assessments
  • Student engagement resources and strategies
  • Teaching strategies for special populations
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion models
  • Service-learning models
  • Student motivation
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Digital humanities

Questions and Inquiries

Please contact the FDIC by email ( or phone (217-581-7051) with questions.

Related Pages

Contact Information

Dr. Michael Gillespie, Director, FDIC


Julie Lockett, Director of Learning Innovation


Kim Ervin
Instructional Designer


Faculty Development and Innovation Center

1105 Booth

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