Graduate Students: Engaged Pedagogy Initiative Fellowship Applications DUE May 2

Apr 09, 2014 Bookmark and Share

Applications are now being accepted for the Engaged Pedagogy Initiative (EPI) Fellowship, a new training program that promotes excellence in undergraduate teaching and professional development by providing graduate students with a series of skill-building workshops on the foundations of engaged pedagogy, course design, critical reflection, and program assessment.  The EPI is a partnership between Rackham Graduate School, Arts of Citizenship, the Residential College, and the Center for Engaged Academic Learning (CEAL).

Promoting excellence in community-centered pedagogy is an essential element of training the next generation of university leaders, scholars, and educators.  The EPI Fellowship thus seeks to provide graduate students with effective mechanisms for developing the unique combination of skills required of an engaged pedagogue.  These skills include the development of community-campus partnerships, the preparation of undergraduates to work with diverse communities, and the integration of theoretically grounded practices.

Twelve students selected for the Fellowship will attend a series of workshops in Fall 2014 and Winter 2015 and will present aspects of their work in the EPI Symposium in April 2015.  One important component of this initiative is the opportunity to effectively lead undergraduate focus groups and take part in observational studies and assessment of existing U-M engaged programs and courses.  Fellows will receive a $500 stipend in addition to one-on-one course design consultation. These resources will prepare students to apply for the Engaged-Learning Teaching Opportunity, a one-term GSI appointment in which one student will develop and teach an engaged course of their own design to undergraduates in the Residential College.

Graduate students in any field who are interested in furthering their current interest in community-centered learning and who plan on developing engaged learning courses as defined above.  This opportunity is particularly relevant for graduate students who want to develop their pedagogical skills and their teaching portfolio.  Priority will be given to students who have not yet had an opportunity to teach and who have a demonstrated interest in community-centered or project-based learning or scholarship.

Interested candidates should send a one-page letter of interest along with their curriculum vitae to Dr. Denise Galarza SepĂșlveda via email ( by 5:00 PM May 2, 2014.

Questions about the EPI Fellowship or the Engaged-Learning Teaching Opportunity should be forwarded to