Faculty Fellows: Selection Process

Timeline for Faculty Fellow Selection

  • Deadline for Nomination: Spring
  • Deadline for Nominee to Submit Complete Dossier: Nominees will be notified of the deadline
  • Interviews: Spring
  • Fellowship Begins: July/August


To be eligible for selection as a faculty fellow, a candidate must be a practitioner-track, clinical-track, or teaching-track faculty member or a tenured full or associate professor with at least four years’ teaching experience at USC, who:

  • Is committed to the idea that superior scholarship and teaching go hand-in-hand.
  • Has a very high level of experience and a history of success in the classroom that goes well beyond excellent teaching ratings.
  • Has a strong desire to assist colleagues at all levels in teaching techniques and effective learning strategies.
  • Is willing to contribute roughly three hours per week to CET and has the endorsement of the chair or dean of the faculty member’s department or school.

Nomination and Selection Procedures

Calls for nominations for Faculty Fellows are issued by the Provost in a memorandum to the faculty. Self nominations are encouraged. To apply, a faculty member must complete a nomination form.

In addition to the nomination form, please provide the following:

  • a copy of nominees most recent curriculum vitae;
  • a short one to two page statement explaining what he/she would like to do to promote teaching excellence on campus; and
  • evidence of sustained achievement in teaching as noted in the criteria below.
  • Please created single PDF with the information requested above and submit it with the nomination form.

A group of final candidates will be invited for an interview with Faculty Fellows and CET staff to complete the selection process.

About the Appointment

CET Fellowship appointments are for one year and are renewable for up to three year upon review; the appointment carries a stipend of $2,500 for each year of service. The stipend will be handled as an unrestricted research grant, but it is expected that in significant ways it will be used in the fellow’s pursuit of CET objectives.

Upon completion of their three-year term the Fellows retain their affiliation with CET by becoming Distinguished Fellows.

Criteria for Selection

The selection of Fellows is a highly selective process based on merit. Candidates should provide evidence of both exceptional teaching and outstanding research, and are also evaluated for their potential to be highly proactive in engaging other faculty to find ways to institutionalize the encouragement, support, and reward of teaching and thus to transform the university.

Specifically, candidates should demonstrate:

  • A commitment to advance and promote the institutional support and reward of teaching and learning.
  • Interest in developing new teaching strategies to be shared with other colleagues in the university.
  • Demonstrated interest in innovations in pedagogy, and evidence of sound evaluation strategies for measurable outcomes for effective student learning.
  • Evidence of sustained achievement in teaching, which means that the candidate’s teaching has been recognized in an appropriate professional manner. (Examples include teaching evaluations; teaching awards; contributions to departmental or school curriculum development; presentation of one’s teaching innovations at national conferences; publications or funded research on effective teaching methodologies.)