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Call for College Fellows

Proposal Due by Monday, January 29, 2018 (extended)

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What are the College Fellows?

In May of 2016, College of Arts & Sciences faculty members voted to pilot the New College Curriculum as part of the A&S general education curricular reforms. The heart of the new curriculum are the College Fellows, faculty drawn from across the College and entrusted with designing and teaching the core Engagements Courses (Engaging Aesthetics, Empirical & Scientific Engagement, Engaging Differences, Ethical Engagement).

Who is Eligible?

All full-time Arts & Sciences faculty in full-time salaried appointments (tenured, tenure-track, or members of the academic general faculty on three-year appointments) are eligible and encouraged to apply. 

What is Required of the Inaugural College Fellows?


The third cohort of College Fellows will serve beginning May 2018 and end at the conclusion of the Fall 2020 semester (see table below). College Fellows must serve the entirety of these academic semesters in residence at the University of Virginia, with the expectation of participation in College Fellows functions on Grounds through the course of the 2.5 year term.

Course Development & Teaching

The Summer and Fall of 2018 will be devoted to orientation and course development. During this time the Fellows will:

  1. work alongside the already appointed College Fellows to conceptualize and refine the Engagement experience, with particular emphasis on the thematic design (for instance in shared summer reading and speakers and theme for the Engagements Lecture Series) for Academic year 2019-20;
  2. design and develop individual Engagement courses to be taught in the following semesters.

In particular, members of the College Fellows must be available to participate in two multi-day workshops in May: May 8-9 (Orientation) and May 16-18 (Course Design Workshop), and a subsequent Syllabus Critique. The New College Fellows are also encouraged (though not required) to attend invited dinners and workshops during the Spring ’18 semester.

  • Mar 15: College Fellows Dinner for new Fellows
  • Mar 23: Workshop to conceptualize Engagements Theme for 2019-20 AY.

All members of the third College Fellows cohort will teach in the Engagements during the Spring 2019 semester, the 2019-20 academic year, and the fall 2020 semester. The teaching load for these four semesters will constitute two-thirds of the instructional effort within the faculty member’s department(s). The third College Fellows cohort will rotate out of their teaching obligation in the Engagements after the Fall ’20 semester.


For the duration of their term, College Fellows will participate in activities to build collegiality and a shared vision of the undergraduate experience. This will take the form of regular meetings and colloquia among the Fellows. This may also include College Fellows-sponsored events such as lectures for the University community, symposia, and seminars on the liberal arts and sciences at UVA.

The third College Fellows cohort will also be invited to gatherings and dinners with the current College Fellows during the Spring ’18 semester to orient themselves to the community and the greater collaborative process.

Modified Term

For those faculty for whom a full-time appointment to the College Fellows program will interfere with critical teaching in one’s home department, a modified appointment will be considered by the selection committee. 

What is the Compensation?

College Fellows will receive a stipend of $5,000 for every academic semester in which they devote 100% of their instructional effort to the Engagements.

  • Fellows with a traditional appointment to the third cohort will receive a $5,000 stipend for the Spring ’19 semester, a $10,000 stipend for the ’19-’20 academic year, and a $5,000 stipend for the Fall ’20 semester.
  • Full departmental course release will be offered during the corresponding academic semesters in which fellows are teaching in the Engagements.

These stipends are intended to recognize the significant work associated with new Engagements course design, which includes May Orientation, Course Design Workshop and Syllabus Critique, along with additional College Fellows stewardship as necessary.

In addition, the College Fellows home department will be compensated $30,000/Fellow for every semester in which the faculty member devotes 100% of their instructional effort to the Engagements (Spring ’19-Fall ’20).

All research and service obligations to the College of Arts & Sciences and to the faculty member’s home department continue without modification.

How to Apply

Applications will be vetted by a committee appointed by the Dean. Final selection will be made by the committee in consultation with the Dean and with the approval of the applicants’ Department Chairs.

Applications must include the following:

  • Brief statement of intent (1-2 paragraphs): Explain your motivation and reasons for wanting to participate in the College Fellows.
  • Note of Endorsement from Chair: Applications should include a short note of endorsement from your chair.
  • Engagement preference: Identify those Engagements (Engaging Aesthetics, Empirical & Scientific Engagement, Engaging Differences, Ethical Engagement) that you would be willing to cultivate – both through the design of individual courses and in collaboration with the fellows throughout the program. 
  • CV: Please upload your CV (short versions acceptable).  

Applications are due Monday, January 29, 2018.

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