Under the program, postdoctoral fellows from groups underrepresented among higher education faculty will spend two years at Gonzaga, bringing new perspectives and contemporary knowledge of their fields, and participating in campus life. The fellows will receive mentoring and support that will help them better understand the nature of a career at a mission-driven, teaching institution, and that will help them become stronger candidates for tenure-track positions at such institutions. Fellows in this program will partner with mentors in their host departments and Gonzaga University’s Center for Teaching and Advising (CTA)
- Improve Teaching Skills: This includes diverse pedagogical tools, course design, and evaluation of student work, assessment, and reflection.
- Develop Teaching Philosophy: Fellows will formulate and/or refine their teaching philosophy statement and develop course and teaching portfolios that can be used as a basis for reflective teaching practice and career advancement, especially considering the expectations of liberal arts teaching institutions generally and Gonzaga University’s Mission specifically.
- Gain Teaching Experience: Fellows teach both lower- and upper-division courses in their area(s) of expertise and potentially in inter- or cross-disciplinary collaborations.
- Deepen Scholarship: Fellows deepen their scholarly work with a flexible teaching load, on-campus presentations of their scholarship, and eligibility for funding to support travel to conferences and workshops.
- Work with Undergraduates: Many teaching institutions value undergraduate research. Fellows gain experience working with undergraduates on scholarly research and other high-impact practices as appropriate (service-learning, blended learning, etc.).
- Mentoring: Fellows will developing their appreciation for the role of mentoring in academia through experiences of mentoring students and being mentored by faculty colleagues
- Be in Community: As an integral part of the community, fellows establish life-long collegial connections with members of the postdoctoral cohort, colleagues at Gonzaga University, and in Spokane, and beyond.