Graduate Fellowship Programs: 2015-2016 Applications due April 13

The Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH), in collaboration with the Graduate School at Michigan State University (MSU), announces two fellowship programs in undergraduate teaching and learning for MSU graduate students. The RCAH is an interdisciplinary college with a strong commitment to social justice, civic engagement, the visual and performing arts, and world languages and cultures. Details of both programs and the application process are detailed below. All applicants should be enrolled full-time in a program leading to a terminal degree in their field, be in good academic standing, and be making progress toward their degree.

RCAH Fellowship Program in Undergraduate Teaching and Learning

The primary goals of the Fellowship Program in Undergraduate Teaching and Learning are to provide a diverse group of graduate students committed to undergraduate education with professional and career development opportunities outside of regular classroom instruction; and to prepare Fellows to make meaningful contributions to the scholarship on teaching and learning in areas important to the RCAH.

Graduate students selected for this full-year program will participate in weekly meetings with other fellowship recipients, outside speakers, students and/or faculty members on topics related to undergraduate education. In collaboration with RCAH faculty and administrators, fellowship recipients will work toward completing a research project that contributes to the life of the RCAH and the scholarship of teaching and learning. This will complement other work done as part of the Certification in College Teaching Program. Fellows will be encouraged and supported to disseminate project results on websites, peer reviewed journals, and at conferences, including our year-end symposium. Each fellow will receive $8000 to help support project expenses and/or travel to a conference to disseminate findings. Selected fellows may also be eligible for a second year in the program.

Eligible graduate students are enrolled in programs associated with the Colleges of Arts & Letters, Music, Education, Social Science, Communications Arts and Sciences, and Agriculture and Natural Resources. All applicants are invited to attend the RCAH Open House, where current fellows will present a poster session of their projects alongside RCAH undergraduate research projects: April 28, 2015 in 2nd floor of Snyder-Phillips Hall.

For further information or questions, please see the RCAH website or contact Professor Joanna Bosse, RCAH, 362 Bogue Street, Snyder C210 or by email at jbosse@msu.edu.

RCAH Language Fellowship Program in Undergraduate Teaching and Learning

The RCAH provides its undergraduate students with opportunities to apply and strengthen their knowledge of world languages and cultures through a project-based Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) Program.  Graduate students selected for this Fellowship facilitate weekly language immersion sessions for all levels of language learners.

Fellows also participate in and lead weekly meetings with other RCAH fellowship recipients, faculty, and staff. Meetings include both seminar and workshop formats. Language Fellows are introduced to and gain experience in needs assessment, materials development, instructional delivery, and program evaluation. At the RCAH Showcase at the end of each semester, RCAH students and Fellows publicly present CLAC projects, displaying RCAH themes through world language use.

Language Fellows are encouraged to collaborate with RCAH faculty on the design and implementation of research projects in the aforementioned areas and to publish in peer-reviewed journals and present at professional conferences. Each Fellow will receive $8000 to help support research project expenses and/or travel to a conference to disseminate findings.

Eligible graduate students are enrolled in any MSU college and have (near) native fluency in a language other than English. Language Fellows for French, Spanish, German as well as Less Commonly Taught Languages (e.g., American Sign Language, Chinese, Hebrew, Italian, Korean) will likely be chosen for 2015-2016. Selected Fellows may also be eligible for a second year in the program.

For further information or questions, please see the RCAH website or contact Professor India Plough, RCAH, 362 Bogue Street, Snyder C210 or by email at ploughi@msu.edu.

Application

Applications must include the following items:

A single PDF file that includes:

  • the Application Information Form (PDF);
  • a curriculum vitae; and
  • an essay (maximum 800 words) that addresses reasons for applying; your professional goals and how participation will help you achieve those goals.

A Recommendation Form (PDF) to be completed and sent under separate cover from the applicant’s graduate advisor or department Chair.

 

Please send a single PDF of all completed application materials to Dawn Janetzke via email (janetzk7@msu.edu), fax 517-884-1244, or campus mail (Snyder Hall C210) by April 13, 2015.