The Searle Fellows Program aims to help early career faculty develop expertise and knowledge to critically assess and solve problems in their courses.
Program Aims and Objectives
The program has been designed to (1) integrate with existing faculty teaching demands, (2) draw on the academic experience of faculty in their current research/scholarship, (3) provide academic rigor and stimulation at a high intellectual level, and (4) create a professional experience which will be rich and rewarding for faculty over the course of their careers.
The program encourages faculty to develop:
- a deep understanding of key issues and practices of learning and teaching,
- knowledge and expertise in the areas of learning and teaching,
- evidence-based approaches to learning and teaching,
- capacity for facilitating conversations about these ideas with others.
- Attend required series of events. View a list of 2015-2016 events (current year).
- Develop an inquiry-based project related to his or her teaching. Review the project guidelines.
- Work with a senior faculty mentor. See mentoring expectations.
- Consult with Searle Center staff to develop their projects.
- Participate in 3-4 Faculty Workshops.
- Meet 2-3 times with project group (peers in the program).
View a list of 2016-2017 events (upcoming year). (Please note the final dinner date change).
View the current and past fellows page for a list of all participants and mentors.
Applicants are invited to apply for the program. Eligible early career faculty from schools other than Feinberg School of Medicine will receive invitations from the Provost to apply for the program. Eligible faculty from Feinberg will be invited by the Dean and applications will go through the Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators. For more information about the application process and eligibility, please contact Susanna Calkins, Ph.D. (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Interested faculty members must supply the following application materials:
- A brief statement of support from your department chair, acknowledging your participation in the program.
- A letter of application expressing your commitment to participating fully in the program (attending all required events, attending workshops, taking part in consultations, etc.) and a one-two page description of learning and teaching project (e.g. Designing or reconstructing a course; developing a new innovation; conducting small study) including your underlying rationale of why you would like to pursue this project and what you hope to work on (related to learning and teaching) during your year as a Searle Fellow.
- A current CV.