ACU Faculty Fellows Applications

Since 1992 and the opening of the Adams Center for Teaching and Learning, faculty in-residence have played a significant role in the research and development of teaching and learning at ACU. They have designed research studies and online courses, produced media projects and honed leadership skills that benefited their students and colleagues across campus.

The faculty fellows program builds on the skills and insight of our world-class faculty exploring new models of teaching, scholarship, creative expression as well as building on existing bodies of research in strategic ways to impact student learning across campus.

This spring individual fellows are encouraged to submit proposals that build on collaborations with the Adams Center, Educational Technology, Learning Studio, Maker Lab, ACU Press, and Special Collections in the library.

Completed project proposals should be submitted by Friday, April 24th, 2015.

The goal of the faculty fellows program is to encourage excellence in teaching, scholarship, and creative expression on the ACU campus. Successful proposals should demonstrate value in one or more of the following strategic areas:

  • Research and develop new methods of teaching, learning, evaluation, and assessment in the learning process.
  • Explore innovative applications of new technologies in teaching, scholarship, and creative expression.
    Develop experience in successful course redesign or media production principles applied to projects or curriculum that demonstrate a strategic impact.
  • Produce educational resources that demonstrate an original approach or strategic value to campus programs or an academic field.

Faculty fellowships provide opportunities for professional development, resources to support equipment or materials, and travel assistance and visibility on campus for projects that demonstrate the high-quality of our faculty and programs at ACU.

This spring, applicants will propose projects in one of the following areas:

  • Adams Center Instructional Innovation Fellows: Given to a faculty member who designs and implements an innovative method of teaching or assessment that address a gap between a current teaching practice and the desired learning outcomes. Fellows will be required to present their innovations to peers within Abilene Christian University and in an appropriate scholarly publication or conference.
  • Adams Center Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Fellow (SOTL): Fellowship provides funding for new and ongoing studies about teaching and learning. Projects may involve acquisition of new knowledge about teaching and learning, or they may involve the scholarly application, interpretation and reflection of existing knowledge based upon past or ongoing SOTL research. Projects may use qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods. All projects require systematic investigation of effects, interpretation of results, and dissemination to peers both within Abilene Christian University and beyond in an appropriate scholarly publication or presentation.
  • Learning Studio Fellow: The Learning Studio supports faculty interested in developing new approaches to teaching, learning, research, and creative expression that leverage the potential of media and the web. We welcome all proposals, but are also soliciting projects that help explore digital storytelling in a given field, advanced media projects leveraging green screen or the Lightboard, and e-textbooks and the future of learning resources.
  • Maker Lab Fellow: The Maker Lab fellowship program is intended to assist faculty grow in their areas of expertise or interest, combined with new approaches in a maker-centered education. Besides the scope of proposed project, fellows will also generate a number of public blog posts (Maker Lab blog) sharing their experiences. Proposals must take into consideration direct employment of digital fabrication and rapid prototyping tools in their research.
  • Educational Technology Fellow: Educational Technology advances innovative and effective learning technologies that support the educational enterprise of ACU. The Educational Technology faculty fellowship supports faculty research that will enhance the university’s technological infrastructure for educating students. We are especially interested in faculty research projects that utilize methods and technologies that will serve as continuing resources for a variety of future faculty and student researchers at ACU. Proposals should address the relevance of the research project and its technology to future teaching and research at ACU, and provide a detailed budget for technology needs not currently provided for at ACU. Projects will conclude with a publicized and openly accessible application or installation of the research technology, methods, and results for the benefit of future researchers at ACU.
  • ACU Press Fellow: ACU Press is interested in working with faculty to develop texts (print or digital-first) that engage critical issues at the intersection of faith, science, and technology. Science and technology present challenging questions for Christians, and we are seeking faculty partners who would like to publish in this area.
  • Special Collections and Archives Fellow: The ACU Library supports fellows for research and teaching in primary sources held in Milliken Special Collections, including the Center for Restoration Studies and University Archives. The Special Collections Fellow would carry out research in one or more of the department’s primary source collections and produce a public lecture and a resource to be made available on ACU’s Digital Commons for teaching and/or research, preferably connected with a course taught at ACU. Consult with Special Collections staff for more information on strengths of the archive.


In a given year, Faculty Fellowships will be awarded, based on the strength of applications, across support areas in the library. Successful applicants may be awarded a stipend equal to 2 summer courses by rank or (in consultation with department chair) compensation to the department for two course releases taken during the fall and/or spring semester.

Additional funding for required materials, research assistants, or related travel may be requested as part of the proposal and will be considered on a project by project basis.


  • Each fellow will be responsible for all aspects of planning, budgeting, and delivering his or her completed project. Though elements of the project may change, completion of the agreed upon project is a pre-condition of the faculty fellow award.
  • Faculty fellows will meet regularly with leadership and support staff in the awarding area to inform the design and delivery of their project.
  • During the year following the stipend, recipients will make a presentation to the campus through the Adams Center or other appropriate venue.
  • Current faculty fellows will serve the following spring as part of the selection process for the next round of Faculty Fellows.
  • Fellows will also be eligible in the following year for travel assistance to present on their work at a national conference.


  • All full-time, tenure-track faculty are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to applicants who have not received a similar award in the last two years.
  • Applicants engaged in work towards a terminal degree are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants cannot hold Cullen, Math & Science, or Pursuit grant during the same year as a Faculty Fellow award.
  • Recipients cannot teach more than one summer course if they plan to complete their project during the summer.

Application Form
Submission of the following online application form is due by 5 p.m. on April 24th, 2015. The Provost will announce Faculty Fellow awards for the following year by finals week in May. In order to be considered for a course release in the following academic year, applicants will need approval from their department chair and dean.

.Link to application form

Please send questions to the following address: .

We will seek to respond to your inquiry within two days of receipt.  Questions posed after April 22 may not receive response by the April 24 deadline.


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