April 22, 2019
To support and develop experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate students at The University of Texas at Austin, 26 stipends have been awarded to 28 faculty members to develop experiential learning activities and assignments in new or existing classes. As part of the Experiential Learning Initiative (ELI) Faculty Course Developer Program, the faculty members will receive a two-year stipend of $5,000 per year as well as support from ELI program leaders and the Faculty Innovation Center (FIC) to plan, design, and teach an experiential learning component. Two of the stipends have been awarded to teams consisting of two co-instructors who will split the stipend.
The selected faculty members will also attend workshops and experiential learning course design sessions with ELI program leaders and consultants from the FIC. The faculty members will teach the new or enhanced course within the next two years and will work with ELI on assessing the results.
"More than 70 outstanding applications were received for this inaugural cohort," said Hillary Hart, director of Experiential Learning Initiatives. "The passion for teaching among UT Austin's faculty members is incredible, and I sincerely appreciate the work from our ELI ambassadors who assisted with the selection process."
This year's recipients represent the five colleges and schools that were eligible for the stipends in 2019. The 2020 cohort will consist of faculty members from the College of Education, College of Fine Arts, College of Natural Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences, McCombs School of Business, and the Steve Hicks School of Social Work. The call for applications for the 2020 chort will be announced in the fall.