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ELI Faculty Course Developer Program

ELI Faculty Course Developers will receive a two-year stipend of $10,000 ($5,000 a year) as well as support from ELI and the Faculty Innovation Center to plan, design, and teach an experiential learning component. Faculty Course Developers will implement this component in a new or existing undergraduate course and then work with ELI to reflect on the process and assess results.

ELI invites faculty who meet the following criteria to apply for an ELI course developer stipend:

  • Demonstrated interest in experiential or active learning at the undergraduate level
  • Willingness to innovate and develop productive ways of bringing research and teaching together in the classroom to empower students
  • Previous participation or interest in collaborating with colleagues, staff, and/or students in research or in teaching
  • Will be teaching at least one undergraduate course by the end of the second year of the stipend
  • Can be faculty of any rank, but for non-tenure-track at least a half-time appointment for the past three years.

News about previous awards: ELI Faculty Course Developer Stipends Awarded (April 22, 2019)

The 2020 cohort will include faculty in the following schools (number of stipends available):

  • College of Natural Sciences (12)
  • McCombs School of Business (5)
  • College of Education (3)
  • College of Fine Arts (3)
  • Steve Hicks School of Social Work (2)
  • Jackson School of Geosciences (2)


Faculty with course developer stipends
Plan and design a course with an experiential learning component. 
Keep Faculty Ambassadors aware of progress. 
Attend at least 6 of 8 monthly lunches and two workshops on EL and teaching strategies. 
Submit plan and revise as needed with EL specialists. 
If not already taught in first year, offer newly designed course in following summer, fall or spring.
Collect assessment data and help analyze that data.
Consider revisions to course. 
Revise course as needed. Offer again as soon as possible. 

Application Process and Review

Applications for the 2020 cohort are due on November 1, 2019. Applications will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary selection committee composed of ELI and the 2020 Faculty Ambassadors, who represent the schools eligible for the 2020 cohort. Recipients will be announced in early December 2019. 

Course proposals at this stage do not need to demonstrate expertise in experiential learning but should offer fresh ideas. Applications are more likely to be funded if they: 1) propose innovative methods, projects, and activities that show high potential for engaging students to work “beyond the grade” 2) introduce or significantly enhance experiential learning in a new or existing course. Classes may be taught on any scale or undergraduate level, but we are looking for new opportunities to spread experiential learning.