Elevate Fellows Timeline & Application Information


Program Timeline for Elevate 2019 Cohort

  • Application Live: October 16, 2018 (Submit here)
  • Open House Information Sessions (Register here)
    • November 6, 12-1pm, ESJ 0201
    • November 7, 10-11am, ESJ 0201
  • Application Due: December 2, 2018
  • Decisions Announced: December 14, 2018
  • Kickoff Workshop: mid-January 2019
  • Faculty Learning Community Meetings: Biweekly during Spring 2019
  • Course Redesign Plan Due: May 15, 2019
  • Execute Redesign Plan: Summer 2019
  • Faculty Learning Community Meetings: Biweekly during Fall 2019
  • Pilot Course Redesign: Fall 2019 or Spring 2020
  • Offer redesigned course in a subsequent semester: by Spring 2021

Application for Elevate 2019 Cohort

The Elevate Fellows application consists of four parts and should take approximately 2 hours to complete. More information can be found in the application announcementApplications should be submitted online at tltc.umd.edu/elevate.submit by December 2, 2018

Part I: Course Information, Goals, and Personal Statement

Part I should be typed and limited to two pages, and should include the following:

Course Information: Identify one undergraduate course that you regularly teach and would like to redesign. Include the following information about your course:

  1. Course number

  2. Course type (GenEd, prerequisite, major requirement)

  3. Current enrollment(s) (by semester, per section, and number of sections)

  4. Current structure (days per week, face time hrs/wk, discussion time hrs/wk, major class activities)

  5. Current instructors that typically teach the course

  6. Contact information (email, campus mail addresses, and phone numbers)  

Course Involvement: Describe your history of involvement with the proposed course you would like to redesign (e.g., how long and how often have you taught the course; what innovations have you implemented in the course; how has the course evolved over time)

Course Redesign Goals: Describe your goals for redesigning your course. These goals can be areas for improvement within the current course design and structure (e.g., improving student engagement, achievement, and/or retention; addressing achievement gaps for certain groups; increasing use of technology) or larger changes to course design and structure (e.g., teaching in a new setting, such as a TERP Classroom; transforming from a lecture to a project-based or team-based course). Consider reading the Funding information below and including ideas about how you would use Elevate funding to support your course redesign goals.

Personal Statement: Explain your interest in joining the Elevate Fellows program and goals you have for your own teaching practice (e.g., gaining a better understanding of learning theory and evidence-based teaching; increasing your satisfaction with teaching; collaborating with instructors across campus). Highlight any prior engagement with teaching and learning innovations on campus or any academic, pedagogic, or technical interests and expertise.

Part II: Syllabus

Include the current course syllabus for the course you plan to redesign.

Part III: Letters of Support

Letter from Department or Unit: Include a letter from your department chair or unit head that describes: 

  1. the strategic value of the course redesign to the department. 
  2. acknowledgement that the instructor has the sole control over the course redesign, or that co-instructors (specify names) have been notified and support the proposed course redesign. (Also see Letter from Collaborators, below).    
  3. a commitment from your department or unit to provide $1,000 of matching funds that will be made available to you at the end of Spring semester 2019, before the course redesign begins.

Letter from Collaborators: Applicants should either indicate the lack of co-instructors in the proposed course, or indicate the agreement of co-instructors to adopt the redesigned course by using this document.  

Part IV: Proposed Budget

         Using the template provided, indicate how you propose to utilize the funds from the Elevate Program to accomplish the course redesign goals. The budget may be adjusted in Spring 2019 as the course redesign proposal is more fully developed.  Restrictions apply.