ELI Faculty Course Developer Program

ELI Faculty Course Developers 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 then implement this component in a new or existing undergraduate course and work with ELI to reflect on the process and assess results. Course Developers also have the mentorship of ELI Ambassadors, who receive a smaller stipend for two years.

The program has awarded two sets of Developers, one in early 2019 (27 faculty) and one in 2020 (25 faculty).

News about previous awards: ELI Faculty Course Developer Stipends Awarded (May 2020)

The 2020 cohort includes faculty in the following schools:

  • 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.
ELI Contact:

Heather Pleasants
Faculty Development Specialist, Experiential Learning; Senior Assessment Specialist

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