Brown Innovation Faculty Cohort

Students Who Change the World:
Building Courses That Inspire

Preparing students to be community changemakers who develop innovative approaches to complex social challenges.

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Our society faces broad, complex issues that will require years of work, collaboration among individuals from different cultural and disciplinary backgrounds, and innovative, creative thinking.

How do we help Stetson’s students realize their “full potential as informed citizens of local communities and the world” with the capacity and desire to address societal issues?  How can we design courses that prepare students for these challenges?

The Brown Innovation Cohort program will provide faculty with the tools to be able to address issues facing our local and global community through engaging learning experiences in and out of the classroom. This program will be co-facilitated by the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence and the Center for Community Engagement.

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The 2019 Program

Successful applicants will design (or redesign) a course through participation in a year-long cohort program.  Programming will engage participants in diverse experiences to expand skill sets for designing courses that foster experiential learning. Each Fellow will receive a stipend of $1,000 to be issued upon completion of the two-day Brown Innovation Institute (May 14-15) and submission of a reflective report and draft syllabus.

Program Learning Goals

Upon successful completion of the program, successful applicants will:

  • identify local or global dilemmas, issues, or questions (DIQs) to frame course content
  • develop expertise in pedagogical student learning
  • demonstrate understanding of the context of our local
  • community and the most pressing issues our community faces
  • establish a partnership with at least one non-profit, government, or civic organization
  • articulate best practice in community-engaged learning
  • use innovative strategies to deepen learning
  • share their experiences with the campus community through a workshop at the annual Teaching & Learning Colloquium in April 2020
Award Eligibility

Any Stetson University faculty or staff person is eligible for this program if they meet the following criteria:

    1. Are currently employed full-time by Stetson University
    1. Are able to attend bimonthly face-to-face meetings on the Stetson DeLand campus during Spring 2019 and Fall 2019 semesters. (Visiting faculty are only required to commit to attending Spring 2019 meetings.)
    1. Will be teaching at least one course in either Spring 2019 or Fall 2019 semesters
    1. Commits to attending the Brown Innovation Summer Institute, May 14-15th, 2019
  1. Has received approval from their chair or direct supervisor to participate in the cohort.
Benefits to Participants

The Brown Innovation Faculty Cohort will engage participants in diverse experiences to expand skill sets for designing courses that foster significant learning experiences by students. Participants will build knowledge together as a cohort over the course of a year. In addition, each Fellow will receive a stipend of $1,000 to be issued upon completion of the Brown Innovation Institute and submission of a reflective report on their experience.

Application Process

All full-time faculty members at Stetson University are encouraged to apply. Each faculty member should submit their application  at this link.  Please note that a copy of your application will be sent to your chair or direct supervisor to confirm their support for your participation in the program.

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Program Timeline
  • Application Opens | October 1st, 2018
  • Application Deadline | December 10th, 2018
  • Award Notification | December 20th, 2018
  • Monthly Cohort Meetings | January – May, 2019
  • Colloquium on Teaching and Learning | April, 2019
  • Brown Innovation Summer Institute | May 14-15th, 2019
  • Monthly Cohort Meetings | September – December, 2019
  • Colloquium on Teaching and Learning | April 5, 2020

As a cohort, Brown Innovation Faculty demonstrate cutting edge innovation across diverse aspects of the teacher-scholar role to foster lifelong excellence in learning. The cohort participates in a series of hands-on experiences over the course of a calendar year designed to help innovate or refine teaching techniques and learning activities.  Successful applicants participate in multi-day course building institute in May.

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Questions? We look forward to a number of excellent applications. Questions should be directed to the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation & Excellence.