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Elevate Fellows Timeline & Application Information

Program Timeline for Elevate 2020 Cohort

  • Application Live: October 18, 2019 (Submit here)
  • Open House Information Sessions (Register here)
    • November 4, 2019; 10-11 am; ESJ 1103
    • November 7, 2019; 11:15 am-12:15 pm; ESJ 1103
  • Application Due: December 1, 2019
  • Anticipated Decision Announcement: December 13, 2019
  • Kickoff Workshop: January 24, 2020, 2:30-3:30 pm, ESJ 1103
  • Faculty Learning Community Meetings: Biweekly during Spring 2020
  • Course Redesign Plan Due: May 2020
  • Execute Redesign Plan: Summer 2020
  • Faculty Learning Community Meetings: Biweekly during Fall 2020
  • Pilot Course Redesign: Fall 2020 or Spring 2021

Application for Elevate 2020 Cohort

The Elevate Fellows application consists of four parts (outlined below). Once you have completed all four required parts of the application, go to tltc.umd.edu/elevate-apply to submit your materials. More information can be found in the application announcement.

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

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). In describing your goals, specify which areas of TLTC’s Fearless Teaching Framework you hope to address.

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; implementing more inclusive pedagogical practices). 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 (e-mail is acceptable) from your department chair or unit head that: 

  1. describes the strategic value of the course redesign to the department. 
  2. acknowledges 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.
  3. commits your department or unit to provide $1,000 of matching funds to support the redesign.

The letter can either be turned in with the online application or e-mailed directly to Tami Kopishke Smith (tltc@umd.edu) with the subject "Elevate 2020 Application Letter of Support-LASTNAME".

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 2020 as the course redesign proposal is more fully developed. Restrictions apply. Read more about funding here. Questions about the budget template can be directed to Tameka Jones, TLTC Manager of Business Services (tjones18@umd.edu).