The Paul G. Risser Innovative Teaching Fellowship provides funding and support to OU faculty to transition an existing or new undergraduate course into an outstanding example of an innovative, team-based active learning class. The primary goal of this program is to build and enhance a community of faculty who are passionate about active learning and exploring new pedagogies.
OU faculty will receive a variety of benefits as a Risser Fellow, including:
• Up to $10,000 in support for conference travel, research materials, TA support, etc. to help to transition/develop their course into an active learning course
• Priority scheduling in Core Active Learning Classrooms
• Personalized support, including an active learning mentor, technology assistance, etc.
• Team-taught courses will be awarded additional funding, up to $15,000
The course for this program would be taught either Fall 2018 or Spring 2019.
Awardees will be asked to serve as innovative teaching ambassadors by sharing information about the Risser Fellows and their experience as a Risser Fellow with faculty in their department and college. Additionally, awardees may be asked to:
• Participate in an interview and/or video highlighting the experience of the students in the course
• Attend occasional faculty learning community luncheons on the topic of active and innovative learning
• Allow the selected course to be included in a project to assess student outcomes
• Consult with various groups on active learning classroom design and related technologies
• Mentor future Risser Fellows
Proposals will be reviewed by the Risser Fellows advisory committee, and will be selected based on the perceived impact on the student experience. Before funding is awarded, the Chair/Director of the academic unit and the Dean of the College must approve. The deadline for 2018 proposals is March 30, 2018. Preference will be given to undergraduate courses with expected enrollment of 30-60 students, and to faculty willing to teach in The Core classroom in the Stephenson Research and Technology Center.