What is the CoSCIES Fellows Program?
The College of Science Community of Instructional Excellence Scholarly Fellows program (CoSCIES) is a peer mentorship community centered on the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). One of the major goals of the program is to create space for instructional teams to be trained and engage in research-based teaching practices. Instructional teams have the largest direct impact on our students' success and therefore have the greatest potential for impact by developing SoTL expertise.
Who can be a Fellow?
All who teach courses in the College of Science are eligible to be Fellows. This includes fixed term and tenure track faculty and the GTAs and LAs they work with. We encourage all people to apply, either as teams or individuals, regardless of previous SoTL experience.
What will Fellows do?
Fellow groups will embark on a project to improve education through SoTL of Evidence-Based Instructional Practices (EBIPs). Projects can vary widely allowing for a diversity of interests. Some groups may focus primarily on course-level EBIP implementation and internal evaluation. Other projects may examine a systemic instructional change among multiple large enrollment courses with a small accompanied survey tool to measure student affect in response to the change. Every group will have a goal of direct classroom and unit impacts. To bring their work to their colleagues, Fellows will plan and host a small workshop for their unit(s) on some fundamental aspect of SoTL that they feel relevant. At the end of each year, the Fellows will have a chance to present their work to the OSU community at the CoSCIES Showcase Extravaganza. We expect being a CoSCIES Fellow requires (realistically) 2-4 hours per week engaged in SoTL activities.