Vanguard University of Southern California is currently one of the most ethnically and racially diverse institutions in the region and within the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities. Vanguard University also has the highest percentage of Hispanic students enrolled amongst Christian institutions in the region at just under 42%. The increase in diverse enrollment growth is both substantial and relatively recent.
As a result, the increase in student diversity has outpaced that of faculty and staff. Further, according to university vitality data, retention for Hispanic and African American students lags behind that of their peers which raises important questions about the causes and possible solutions required to address this disparity.
The Faculty Fellows program will provide a one-course release for two faculty scholars to explore these challenges further and to develop practical tools, new approaches to classroom teaching, and multimedia resources to equip the faculty to effectively teach to a wide range of student needs, cultures, and learning styles.
By providing leadership to the university in this regard, the Faculty Fellows will also be serving the broader higher education community by sharing best practices for teaching diverse students though professional workshops and publications.
Why be a Faculty Fellow
- The Fellowship will allow the Fellow to explore an area of teaching and/or research interest by granting a one-course release
- The Fellowship will lead to the development of practical tools and resources to serve faculty at VU and other institutions, opportunities to present at professional conferences, and/or to publish
- The outcomes of the Fellowship can lead to enhanced teaching effectiveness that contributes to improved student learning, retention, and higher graduation rates
- This is an academic award that can be listed on the CV as an “Title V IFD Faculty Fellow”
- The work and resources generated during the Fellowship can contribute to one’s application for promotion
Faculty Fellow Objective
To serve as a catalyst to engage and empower faculty to increase their use of culturally-responsive student engagement strategies through classroom practices and technology.
Faculty Fellow Job Description
- Reports directly to the Director for the Institute of Faculty Development
- Academic year appointment that receives one course release time
- Leads training seminars and facilitates faculty growth in areas of professional development including but not limited to: technological pedagogy, culturally-sensitive pedagogy, active-learning modalities
- Implementation of technology and tools within the classroom or online environments, and guidance on enhancement of student engagement
- Eligible for technology tools and/or resources (requested/approved by IFD Director)
- Ex-officio appointment to either the Faculty Development Committee or the Technology Planning and Advisory Committee (TPAC), as appropriate
Faculty Fellow Key Deliverables
- 2-3 training workshops
- Development of “best practices”
- Engage multiple faculty groups
- Opportunities to publish or present at conference
- CCCU collaborations
- Blog on the IFD website to keep colleagues informed of progress and accomplishments