Creative Inquiry Faculty Fellowships

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Creative Inquiry Faculty Fellowships

The Office of the Vice Provost for Creative Inquiry (OVPCI) invites Lehigh faculty to apply for Creative Inquiry Faculty Fellowships (CIFFs). These fellowships support faculty to reimagine and redesign existing courses by integrating new (or different) active pedagogies.

We are specifically interested in:

  1. Project-based pedagogies where students create new knowledge or tangible works
  2. Inquiry-driven pedagogies where students pursue new intellectual, creative, and artistic pathways.

These fellowships are grounded in the idea that creating leads to the deepest form of learning because it helps students grasp the relevance of their work while also demanding rigorous study and original research, often with engagement with a community of practice (such as residents of South Bethlehem, health professionals in Ghana, businesses in Lehigh Valley, student clubs, or astrobiology research groups). The CIFFs aim to support faculty who want to integrate this ethos of creating into their courses to inspire students to take radical ownership in the learning process as well as champion their course-related projects after the course ends. Students have the opportunity to advance projects forward through other Lehigh resources such as the new provisional Creative Inquiry (CINQ) courses, Mountaintop Initiative, Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation, Center for Community Engagement, Lehigh@Nasdaq Center, etc.

Resources Available

Creative Inquiry Faculty Fellows will receive:

  1. Discretionary funding of $1,000 / semester for two semesters (total $2,000) in their unrestricted accounts
  2. Up to $1,000 for project expenses (as requested/needed) over the course of the fellowship
  3. Up to $2,500 for travel to present a peer-reviewed poster, paper, and/or presentation of their CIFF work at national conferences focused on educational innovation.

Funds can be used for conference registration, poster preparation, and to defray travel expenses. The OVPCI and the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) will provide one-on-one course-specific consulting support as well as help develop assessment tools to evaluate the impact of the new pedagogy on student learning outcomes. CITL will also offer priority access to specific learning spaces as well as priority registration to relevant workshops.

Fellowship Expectations

For the 2018-19 academic year, the OVPCI will be offering ten CI Faculty Fellowships. Engagement over the two-semester period is required and Fellows are required to attend a two-day orientation workshop (August 23-24, 2018) as well as participate in two other workshops and three lunch meetings for lateral knowledge sharing each semester. Fellows will have access to special workshops on topics such as Selecting Appropriate Active Learning Pedagogies, Inquiry-Based Teaching, Finding Funding for Passion Projects, Finding Funding from Non-Traditional Sources, Use of Creative Spaces, and Faculty Balance of Research / Teaching / Service and Creative Inquiry. Fellows are expected to share their work at the CITL symposium in April 2019 and student projects are encouraged to present at the 2019 Lehigh Expo.

Application Process

All full-time faculty, including Professors of Practice, are eligible to apply. At this time, Part-Time and Adjunct faculty are not eligible to apply. Please email your application to and include:

  1. Statement of interest (1-2 pages), outlining your teaching philosophy and specifically mentioning prior experiences with active pedagogies or interest in same;
  2. One-page document outlining three potential scenarios of how project-based learning and/or creative inquiry could be integrated into courses that you teach;
  3. Letter of support from your department chair.
NEW DEADLINE - Applications due May 31, 2018!