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Critical to implementing transdisciplinary educational approaches, TEK is leveraging the expertise of

faculty in preparing students with the targeted transdisciplinary skills for the workforce and for

advancing Kentucky. The purpose of TEK Faculty Fellows is to support faculty in: (1) developing new

transdisciplinary courses, and (2) refresh existing courses to focus on one or more essential

employability skill as outlined in the TEK Student Learning Outcomes.

Through collaboration with the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT), a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) has been established for TEK Faculty Fellows to support faculty professional development. Both tracks of faculty development follow an annual cycle and cohort design whereby faculty apply during the preceding spring semester, engage in preparation over the summer, and participate in a faculty learning community (FLC) beginning in August and finishing in May.

TEK Faculty Fellows Program Details

Tracks

Track 1: Discover

TEK Faculty Fellows who are selected for Track 1 will develop course sections for Discover. These course sections will address all TEK Student Learning Outcomes and include the following elements:

  • Team development and team teaching by faculty from two or more disciplines
  • Meaningful integration of one or more community partner(s) and/or experts from the workforce
  • Critical problems, topics, or opportunities important to Kentucky (and beyond)
  • Multiple points of view (e.g., theories, methods, perspectives, experiences) for problem solving
  • Collaborative behaviors and dispositions (e.g., understanding cultural and societal differences and their relation to multiple viewpoints)
  • Scaffolded opportunities for reflection and metacognition
  • Transferrable or employability skills (e.g., communication, teamwork)
  • Assessments/deliverables including (1) regular student reflections on process and growth throughout the semester and (2) a team-based project exploring a critical issue from multiple perspectives. Student products from the assignments will be used as part of TEK assessment

Track 2: TEK Skills

TEK Faculty Fellows who are selected for Track 2 will refresh an undergraduate course (up to and including 400G and 500-level courses) to include at least one TEK Student Learning outcome (e.g., multiple viewpoints, reflection, communication, collaboration) and embed at least one major assignment in the course that will be used to assess the targeted Student Learning Outcome. Student products from the assignments will be used as part of TEK assessment.

Who is eligible?

Who Should Apply?

Tracks 1 and 2 of the TEK Faculty Fellows program seek faculty who are interested in:

  • Developing new or redesigning existing undergraduate courses to build transdisciplinary skills
  • Collaborating with community and workforce partners
  • Engaging students in exploring critical Kentucky issues
  • Experimenting with a variety of teachings methods, technologies, and processes that engage students in exploring multiple viewpoints, communicating, reflecting, and collaborating

Who is Eligible to Apply?

  • Full-time faculty (e.g. tenure-track, tenured, lecturers, clinical);
  • Faculty who can commit to participate in learning communities (meeting twice per month for track 1 and once per month for track 2), individual consultations, midterm student feedback sessions, and other work on course design and implementation

Criteria for selection

The program aims to build cohorts of faculty representing a wide range of disciplines in teaching and learning environments at UK. In addition, we are looking for applications that articulate the following:

Track 1 : Discover

  • Commitment and ability to develop and teach a section of Discover 
  • A clear sense of how the course will be co-developed and team taught with one or more colleagues from different disciplines
  • A clear sense of the problem, topic, or opportunity that the course will investigate from a transdisciplinary perspective
  • A plan for integrating community and/or workforce experts
  • Alignment between curricular design and TEK Student Learning Outcomes (e.g., topics, skills, learning activities, assessments)
  • Potential for student interest and enrollment
  • Statements of support* from (1) the applicant’s department chair or school director and (2) college dean

Track 2: TEK Skills--Redesigned Undergraduate Courses

  • Commitment and ability to refresh a specific undergraduate course 
  • Meaningful integration of one or more essential employability skill as outlined in the TEK Student Learning Outcomes (e.g., multiple viewpoints, reflection, communication, collaboration) in the course design
  • Alignment between curricular design and the chosen TEK Student Learning Outcomes (e.g., topics, skills, learning activities, assessments)
  • Potential for student interest and enrollment
  • Statements of support* from (1) the applicant’s department chair or school director and (2) college dean

* Statements of support need only indicate the chair, director, or dean’s awareness and support of the application. They will not be used otherwise to distinguish between applications.

How will the program work?

Track 1 TEK Faculty Fellows will receive an overload of $7,000 during the semester the Discover course is taught (up to one semester per academic year).

Track 2 TEK Faculty Fellows will receive a stipend of $3,500 evenly divided across two semesters (two payments of $1,750) during the year of participation in the TEK Faculty Fellows program.

Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) will follow a common experience in terms of goals, outcomes, texts and materials, and an overall curriculum for the two phases of the year: design and development in the fall semester, and implementation and teaching in the spring semester. Major topics for the FLCs will include transdisciplinary course and assignment design, team teaching, collaborative learning and teaching professional skills, and problem- and project-based learning. Pedagogical texts and case studies will serve as “course material” for the FLCs to discuss, apply, and use to design and implement their own courses and assignments, which in turn will function as exemplars for subsequent cohorts.

As part of the FLC structure of the TEK faculty development program, faculty will engage in an individual (or team, in the case of team teaching) consultation sequence with CELT staff to support their work in the larger FLC during the fall semester. During the spring semester, faculty will engage in a modified version of CELT’s midterm student feedback process. This student-driven process will collect valuable information about student perceptions of learning and experiences in the courses as well as in relation to the student learning outcomes of TEK.

After implementation and teaching, faculty in both tracks will continue to receive support from CELT in the form of consultations, facilitated student feedback, and opportunities to continue to share and collaborate with and across cohorts.

For more information on FLCs, please reach out to CELT.

Assessment requirements

Faculty who are selected to participate in the TEK Faculty Fellows program will be expected to assign and collect course assessments through Canvas. Additionally, Fellows will score a sampling of student work as part of the TEK assessment process. Support and training for TEK assessment will be included in the TEK Faculty Fellows program.

TEK Student Learning Outcomes

(1) Identify multiple viewpoints through an introduction to transdisciplinary approaches

(2) Communicate their ideas through team-based real-world experiences

(3) Reflect on their processes and growth

(4) Collaborate by working within teams of students, community partners, and faculty of multiple disciplines to create and disseminate products that address critical Kentucky issues

Identifying a faculty collaborator

SCHOLARS@UK is a database of research expertise from colleges, departments, disciplines, and centers & institutes at UK. Maintained through UK Research, SCHOLARS@UK allows you to explore unit research output (publications, creative work), sponsored grants & contracts, and individual scholar profiles. SCHOLARS@UK is a great place to start when identifying a faculty collaborator.

If you need assistance identifying a collaborator for a TEK course, please reach out to uk.tek@uky.edu with details on a possible course topic and discipline partner. 

TEK Faculty Fellow Cohorts