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Wisely Fellow Opportunity


The School of Honors and the Office of Academic Affairs is proud to announce The Wisely Fellow Competition 2018-2019


The Wisely Fellow is a one-year academic fellowship at Stephen F. Austin State University jointly sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs and the School of Honors.

The award will cover the fall 2018 and spring 2019 semesters. Fellows will receive a course reassignment or additional compensation in each semester.

In the fall semester the Fellow is expected to contribute to the student experience in School of Honors. The Fellow will actively promote Honors programs for Honors students including residents of Wisely Hall and the Freshman Honors Wings. The Fellow’s application should explicitly discuss planned interactions with Honors students during the fall semester. This might include programming, lectures, and informal advising. The Fellow will receive remuneration in the fall semester equal to that of one adjunct course.

In the spring semester the Fellow will teach a course in the Fellow’s area of expertise from the University Core Requirements. The School of Honors seeks proposals demonstrating innovation in both substance and teaching methods. Innovation in substance is intended to allow the Fellow to focus on any particular area or areas of interest within the boundaries of the course description (and while allowing for compliance with assessment standards). Innovation in teaching is intended to encourage the Fellow to use different and even experimental techniques designed to elicit greater student engagement with the subject material as well as learning. Fellows are encouraged to investigate areas related to their personal research and/or interests. Fellows are also encouraged to provide their students opportunities to engage in undergraduate research. The Fellow should provide a transformative learning experience for students.

Fellows will be provided a course reduction or additional remuneration equal to that of one adjunct course for the spring semester. This remuneration shall also include one $1,000 mini-grant from the Office of Academic Affairs to support student research undertaken in the Fellow’s course (the Fellow must apply for the grant).

It is important for the Wisely Fellow to work closely with the School of Honors to recruit students into the Honors class and to host a spring event open to the community.

We want the professor to offer the students a once in a lifetime learning experience. We want to provide the professor a once in a lifetime teaching experience.

The Wisely Fellow will be selected in a competitive process.


A Wisely Fellow Proposal should be submitted electronically to Michael Tkacik in the School of Honors ( The proposal should be no more than three typed pages. The proposal should make clear how the course will differ from a typical core course. The proposal should also indicate the focus of the course. The proposal should explain the innovative teaching techniques the instructor envisions. The proposal may also include reference to student research. Finally, the proposal should outline plans for interaction with Honors students in both the fall and spring semesters.

This course will still have to be assessed as part of the Core Curriculum.


We envision a competition to see which course would be offered (spring 2018). Course proposals are due October 31, 2017.

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