Faculty Guild Fellowship

We offer a multi-term fellowship where faculty members develop the insights needed to prepare their diverse students for a complex world.


Fellows bolster their teaching practices, supported by a circle of peers and a professional facilitator, in an online environment. Fellows learn by reflecting on their own teaching – not from disconnected, general guidance. Through analytics, fellows see how their teaching behaviors change over time. And their institutions receive aggregated, non-identified data to measure return on investment.

Our difference?

We don’t lecture to faculty on how to teach better or have them watch training videos hour after hour. Rather, through a facilitated appreciative inquiry model, we help them reflect on their own work – the teaching they are doing every week – and guide them as they seek to improve. As a result, faculty members become more mindful of their efforts and more engaged in the art and science of quality teaching.

Our purpose is to enhance, not evaluate.



Research-based Background


Our model is based on six years of research, development, application and analysis:

  • Led by Dr. Gail Mellow, president of La Guardia Community College

  • Funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Kresge Foundation 

  • Involved dozens of colleges and hundreds of faculty since 2010

  • Created by practitioners and independently evaluated by Stanford Research Institute


How It Works

During your Faculty Guild fellowship, you'll have the support of a trained facilitator, a community of colleagues and easy-to-use software.

You’ll join an online “circle” of seven other faculty members in a similar academic area or discipline, e.g., STEM. Most circles are a mix of faculty from multiple institutions. From there, your circle will follow a simple three-step practice improvement model:


Tags: Evidence-based Instructional Practices

Connecting your actual classroom work with evidence-based instructional practices is at the heart of the weekly reflection process. The result? You'll have a common language of pedagogy that is relatable to all faculty – from new hires to experienced professors.


There are 20 tags across four themes – designed to create classroom environments that are:

  1. Supportive
  2. Challenging
  3. Varied
  4. Organized

Source: Taking College Teaching Seriously: Pedagogy Matters!


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