Application Process and Form Preview 2023-2024

The Application Process

Deadline for Submission: Monday, March 6, 2023 (deadline extended due to February’s ice storm)


Eligible candidates include all full-time, contracted faculty members. Part of the application process is to communicate your intent to apply to your chairs and deans who will be asked to confirm their approval of your application.

Application Process

To apply, please fill out this google form: 2023-2024 Innovation Fellowship Application Form. You can edit and resubmit your response, so feel free to look at all sections and compose your answers elsewhere, then copy and paste into this form.  Once you submit, you should receive a copy of your responses via email, and you can go back in and edit them up to the submission deadline (March 6, 2023).

Here is the information you should gather in advance.  Please note that we specify word counts to limit the amount of time it takes to complete this application.

Faculty Name, Department, School, Rank

  • Contact information: First and Last Name (form automatically collects emails)
  • School and Department
  • Names of Department Chair/Program Director and Dean: Be sure you have notified your chair or program director and dean of your intention to apply for this fellowship and clarified the area where it counts in your self-evaluation.
  • Confirmation of live participation in the Innovation Institute, on days between May 15-26
  • Course number and title of class that is focus of fellowship
  • Semester and year course will be offered
  • Area of Focus for fellowship (check all that apply)
    • Experiential and/or Austin-based pedagogy
    • Inclusive and Antiracist Teaching (includes Open Educational Resources and Universal Design for Learning/Accessibility)
    • Technology-Enhanced Pedagogy

We know that you are applying for the Innovation Fellowship because you want to have dedicated time to learn new pedagogical strategies within a community of practice and to refine a course. The following questions will help us better understand your individual goals for a fellowship, as well as enable us to connect the work of the fellowship to larger questions of student and faculty learning.


What are the goals of your course-design process? How do they align with the proposed strategic plan’s calls for courageous teaching and transformative learning? (250 words or less)

Impact on Student Experience

How do you see your changes impacting student learning and the broader student experience?  Where possible explain how this work connects to the mission and/or proposed strategic goals of St. Edward’s University. (250 words or less)

Personal Growth

How will this fellowship help you grow as a teacher? (250 words or less)


Write an abstract for public dissemination: Describe the course development project, its significance, and its potential for application broadly. We use this text to share with the broader community about the range of projects that Fellows are working on. Feel free to copy and paste from above. (150 words or less)

The Review Process

A committee composed of the following will review applications and make recommendations for the selection of fellows.  Decisions will be made by early April. Review committee members will include:

  • Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence
  • Associate Vice President for Digital Learning
  • Former Innovation Fellow(s)

The review committee follows an established review practice:

  • Copies of the applications are circulated to all members of the committee for review.
  • Committee members read each application and rank them, adhering closely to the proposal criteria.
  • The committee then meets and holds an in-depth discussion of the top-ranked applications, leading to a final consensus decision based on both the scoring and the discussion.

Each proposal will be evaluated on the strength of the following areas. Sections of the application are listed in parentheses after each criterion:

  • Description of proposed course revision (Goals & Abstract)
  • Feasibility of the proposed revision (Course identification, Goals & Abstract)
  • Potential impact on student learning (Impact on Students)
  • Potential impact on teaching (Personal Growth)
  • Connection to the Holy Cross mission and/or strategic goals of the university (Goals, Impact on Students)