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Teaching Fellows

The call for applications is now open:

Learn about the fellowship, important dates, and application process. Submissions close November 15, 2021. 


The Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching and Ryerson University are committed to the advancement of teaching excellence and pedagogical leadership. To advance this mission, the Centre has established the Teaching Fellows Program, which encourages a scholarly and reflective approach to teaching and engagement in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). SoTL is the deliberate and methodical study of teaching using established scholarship to improve learning, resulting in publicly shared products for critique and use by the community (Potter and Kustra, 2011, external link). The fellowship provides faculty with an opportunity to engage deeply with a pedagogical issue, problem, challenge, or enhancement that will add to their and our understanding of disciplinary teaching, innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and pedagogies that address social justice and inequity.

About the Fellowship

The Teaching Fellows Program will accept three fellows in each cohort. The first cohort of this two-year fellowship is from January 2022 to December 2023 and the second cohort is from September 2022 to August 2024. Applications for the first cohort are now being accepted. Submissions close November 15, 2021. 

Upcoming Events

Past Events

October 4, 2021: SoTL 101: Getting Started (Missed this event? Watch the recording, external link)

Teaching fellows will have opportunities to participate in: 

  • Community of practice with the cohort
  • Professional development workshops for the fellows. Examples: kick-off sessions, career stage conversations, writing about SoTL projects in different settings and different SoTL workshops. 

Applications will focus on examining the impact of implementing substantial and sustainable program, curriculum, or course level changes in order to enhance student learning, while being aligned with the Centre and the university’s priority focus areas:

  • Advancing Indigenous Initiatives and Decolonization 
  • Anti-Racist Teaching 
  • Inclusive Teaching 
  • Mental Health and Well-being
  • The Student Experience 
  • Experiential Learning
  • Internationalization

Teaching Fellows will complete a project, in which they will:

  • Design and conduct publishable research on the impact of their teaching innovation to advance student learning
    • Plan and design (environmental scan and literature review, development of a project research plan, and development of assessment mechanisms to measure the success of the project)
    • Implement and assess (implement projects either in the classroom or through a curriculum review process, collect and analyze data)
  • Extend the University’s commitment to a scholarship of teaching
  • Participate and lead within the Community of Practice to enrich and enhance the quality of learning and teaching 
  • Provide instructional development opportunities to support educational excellence within their own Faculties (e.g., mentorship)
  • Co-create and deliver workshops in collaboration with Educational Developers at the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching 
  • Serve on future adjudication committees
  • Attend Community of Practice meetings
  • Submit a mid-term report: due on or before December 1st, 2022 and attend the mid-term check in meeting. 
  • Submit a brief summary report or video interview to be published and archived on the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching website: due on or before May 31st, 2024.
  • Present findings at the Learning and Teaching Conference to be held in May each year.
  • Credit the Teaching Fellows in any publications, conference proceedings, or media appearances resulting from the funded project.

The Teaching Fellowship provides research funds of up to $7,000.00 each year for two years and one course-release (1 semester), to be taken within the fellowship period.

Tenure-track or tenured faculty who have demonstrated commitment to excellence in their own teaching and willingness to champion the importance of teaching development in the university community.

Application Procedures

Actions: First cohort (2022-2023) Important Dates
Call for Applications Open September 2021
SoTL 101 Workshop, SoTL Panel, and Writing/Feedback Retreat Oct-Nov, 2021
Application Submission Deadline

November 15, 2021

Decisions Early December 2021
First Cohort Start Date January 2022
Teaching Fellows Kick-Off Meeting

January 2022

  1. Statement of Interest/ Proposal (4-page maximum), detailing:
    • Rationale and goals for the proposed fellowship project, including the gaps/needs/challenges the project will address, and the ways in which the project will enhance student learning. Please also indicate the particular skills and experiences that you bring to the project that will help you meet the identified goals.
    • Outline of the substantial and sustainable program, curriculum, or course level changes that will impact the quality of instruction at Ryerson University and improve the student learning experience
    • Plan for how you will research the impact of your project on student learning and/or other relevant outcomes
    • Possible professional development activities (e.g., workshops, mentorship programs, consultations) you will co-create with the Centre
    • Dissemination plans within and outside Ryerson University (e.g., peer-reviewed journal, oral storytelling, community Twitter)
  2. Personal journey: How will the Teaching Fellowship connect to and contribute to your engagement with teaching innovation and educational leadership? Provide a description of how your ongoing development as an instructor led to this proposal (2-page maximum). This can include:
    • How your teaching philosophy connects with your proposed project
    • How previous pedagogical projects connect with this proposal
    • How the course/program design/redesign projects you have been involved with informed your understanding of curriculum and pedagogical change
    • How your contributions to SoTL, research, workshops, presentations and/or publications relate to your proposal.
  3. Modified Curriculum Vitae (4-page maximum) focusing on your teaching and SRC activities, educational leadership, achievements and other contributions to teaching and learning (including previous teaching recognitions, nominations, or awards received)
  4. Detailed Budget Form (see google sheetBudget Form template, external link)
  5. Proposed Timeline Form (see google sheetTimeline Form template, external link)
  6. Letter of Support from Dean

Guidelines & Adjudication

Budget Justification 

Funding requests should conform to the rates and regulations of Ryerson University, and be fully justified in terms of the needs of the project. Teaching Fellows are asked to provide a detailed explanation in the budget justification form as to how the funds will be used to achieve the project objectives. Additional funding and in-kind contributions should be clearly stated and will be taken into account.

Applications requesting to develop new technologies, software, or databases are subject to the adjudication committee requesting a consultation with Ryerson legal in addition to the standard application requirements. 

Eligible Expenses

  • Student and non-student research assistant salaries and benefits - Please review Ryerson's Hiring Guide (Research Staff & Part-Time Casual). Funds may not be used to hire TA/GAs, lab monitors, or invigilators.
  • Professional/consulting services - Consulting fees and professional services (e.g., guest speakers, Indigenous elders, transcriptionists, etc.) are eligible expenditures. Please review Ryerson's purchasing thresholds and demonstrate in the Budget Justification that expert advice is needed. If you have planned to contract consultants, please include a quote in your application (along with HST if applicable).  Please review Ryerson's policies for Paying Vendors, Independent Contractors, and making Honoraria payments. 
  • Travel and dissemination costs - a maximum of 10% of requested funds can be allocated towards travel costs directly related to the funded project, including reasonable conference travel costs (e.g., registration fees, food, hotel, etc.) to present a project's findings. Please include a detailed description of the conference and a strong rationale for the relevance to the project. The adjudication committee will prioritize requests to support student engagement in scholarly communities. Please review Ryerson's Faculty & Staff Reimbursement Policy and Reimbursement of Business Meals, Travel and Expenses Policy.
  • Funds from other sources - Include all other contributors (e.g., AEC Curriculum Development Funds) that are providing in-kind or financial contributions for the proposal. Indicate whether or not these funds have been confirmed.

Additional Notes and Ineligible Expenses: 

  • All non-consumable items purchased with the awarded funds will remain the property of Ryerson University.
  • Wages for faculty, regularly assigned teaching assistants, or staff members who would normally be employed by the university, are considered ineligible expenses. 
  • Fellows may not pay themselves with funds. 
  • Funds may not be used for capital expenditures (e.g., renovations).


We ask that each application be accompanied by a proposed timeline for goals and activities to demonstrate proposal feasibility within the two-year timeframe. 

Proposals will be vetted and ranked by a committee led by the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching and chaired by Dr. Kelly MacKay or her designate. The adjudication committee will be announced in October.

Funds will be made available in January 2022, after the recipients attend the Teaching Fellows kick-off session.

Funds must be expended no later than December 2023.

The administration of funds and initiation of HR contracts will take place through the Teaching Development unit in the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, on behalf of the Principal Investigator. 

Proposals require authorization of the department or school chair and dean.

All research involving humans, conducted by or with faculty, staff or students affiliated with Ryerson University must be reviewed and approved by the Ryerson Research Ethics Board (REB) prior to commencement of the study.

At Ryerson, we believe in the importance of Open Educational Resources (OER) — teaching, learning, and research materials that are published under an open license to permit their sharing and reuse by others. We require you to publish your fellowship output under an open license. Learn more about open licenses, external link.

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