Teaching and Learning Innovation Fellowships

The Innovation Hub supports two primary faculty and staff fellowships, each with its own expectations, duration, and compensation: Innovation Fellows, and Butler-Purdue Fellows.


Important Information About Both Fellowship Types

  • All faculty and staff engaged in teaching and learning on the West Lafayette campus are eligible to apply.
  • Fellowship proposal due date: Feb. 25, 5 pm (EST) (OPPORTUNITY CLOSED)
  • Fellowship webinar: Jan. 26, 1 pm (WEBINAR RECORDING | SLIDES | CAPTIONING | FAQ)
  • Fellowship program office hours: Jan. 28 2 – 3.30 pm (zoom), Feb. 3 9 – 11 am (zoom), and Feb. 9 11 am – 1 pm (zoom)

Innovation Fellows

  • fellowship duration: 12 months
  • compensation: up to 10% AY for faculty; up to 10% time buy-out plus access to up to $2,000 professional development funds for staff

Innovation Fellows are faculty and staff experts who bring their experiences in teaching and learning to the university community, with the goal of helping others understand their area of expertise and apply best practices in their own work. Innovation Fellows hold specific expertise about some element of the teaching and learning enterprise; examples include:

  • assessment (ex: designing scalable assessments, especially for challenging constructs like critical thinking)
  • inclusive pedagogy (ex: incorporating diverse perspectives or building inclusive learning spaces)
  • pedagogies of engagement (ex: student-centered approaches that promote engagement, such as active learning)
  • SOTL design (ex: designing appropriate, publishable studies to evaluate educational effectiveness)
  • classroom-level technologies (ex: clickers and other student response systems)
  • enterprise-level technologies (ex: Brightspace implementation or Gradescope)

Fellows will apply their expertise as consultants on Innovation Hub Grant-funded projects to maximize each project’s potential for success, and ensure its alignment with Innovation Hub goals and priorities.

Fellows will also complete a Fellow project that builds the knowledge base about how to apply their expertise in practical terms, accessible by non-experts, in support of educational innovation within the Purdue residential context. The project deliverable is an object (document, video, flowchart, etc.) that provides non-experts a framework for thinking about the Fellow’s area of expertise and expresses a set of best practices within that area of expertise.


Butler-Purdue Fellows

  • fellowship duration: 12 months
  • compensation: up to 10% AY for faculty; up to 10% time buy-out plus access to up to $2,000 professional development funds for staff

Butler-Purdue fellows strengthen the collaboration between Butler University and Purdue related to teaching and learning innovation. An explicit piece of each institution’s Lilly Endowment award, the Butler-Purdue collaboration is co-organized by Purdue’s Innovation Hub and Butler’s Transformation Lab. Fellows from both institutions will collaborate on one or more fellow projects that they define. Fellow projects could include:

  • Building collaborative, transdisciplinary experiences among Butler and Purdue students and faculty, such as joint research projects, conferences, poster sessions, or workshops.
  • Creating a framework for defining and issuing microcredentials related to transdisciplinary collaborations among Butler and Purdue students (ex: a joint service-learning badge).
  • Convening a workshop series designed to engage Butler and Purdue students, staff, and faculty in collaborative innovation in teaching and learning.
  • Partnering on joint educational initiatives, possibly including courses, service-learning experiences, study abroad opportunities, or other experiential education offerings.

Fellows will apply their expertise to a vibrant collaboration with Butler’s Fellows, resulting in a team of educational innovators who develop programs, convenings, or other events that mutually benefit the participating institutions. Fellows will orchestrate and execute their joint project(s) and produce a brief (2-3 pages) report detailing the project, its outcomes and evaluation, and lessons learned/potential for future development.