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EIU Faculty Development and Innovation Center


Faculty Development

and Innovation Center


Fall 2024

The Faculty Development and Innovation Center is accepting applications for the Fall 2024 FDIC Fellow through April 30, 2024.

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.

For complete fellowship expectations, including the application requirements, please see the Fall 2024 Fellowship description.

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.

Inaugural Fellow (Spring 2023) - Dr. Lauri DeRuiter-Willems

Dr. DeRuiter-Willems is curating a project on the best practices and uses of OERs, including how to evaluate, source, and utilize these resources across disciplines. 


Fall 2023 Fellow (Spring 2023) - Dr. Alexis Jones

Dr. Jones is investigating the micro-interactions between educators and students to consider how can faculty can provide a caring, challenging, responsive, and respectful classroom environment.

Questions and Inquiries

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

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Contact Information

Dr. Michael Gillespie, Director, FDIC


Julie Lockett, Director of Learning Innovation


Kim Ervin
Instructional Designer


Faculty Development and Innovation Center

1105 Booth

David Smith
Instructional Support and Training Specialist


Keerthana Saraswathula
Instructional Support and Training Specialist


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