Teaching Innovation Fellowships support the development of new courses or the substantial redesign of existing courses, with the goals of increasing student success and energizing student engagement with the humanities and humanistic perspectives. This program will provide faculty with resources to create on-campus or hybrid courses that explore new areas of study or offer students new and unique learning opportunities. Note: faculty interested in creating online courses or incorporating tech into existing courses should consult OSU’s Ecampus or the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Summer 2022 Teaching Innovation Fellows

Congratulations to the recipients of Summer 2022 Teaching Innovation Fellowships. The next call for proposals will be announced in winter term, 2023. 

Eliza Barstow | Senior Instructor, School of History, Philosophy, and Religion
    REL161: Newer Religions of the World

Karen Holmberg | Associate Professor, School of Writing, Literature, and Film
    WR/ENG 299: Reading for Writers 

Kirsi Peltomäki | Professor, School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts
    ART 462/562: Special Topics: Contemporary Art & Climate Change

Jennifer Reimer Recio | Asst. Prof. of American Studies & MFA Prog. Director, OSU Cascades
    ENG213 Literatures of the World: Middle East 

Stuart Sarbacker | Associate Professor, School of History, Philosophy, and Religion
    PHL/REL 477/577 Psychedelics, Religion, and Healing 

Brandy St. John | Instructor, School of Writing, Literature, and Film
    WR399 Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Speculative Fiction


Fellowships will provide $2000 for course development during summer term. Recipients are eligible to apply for up to $1000 in supplemental course enrichment funds once the course has been scheduled.


  • Courses should be taught on-campus or via hybrid formats. Ecampus courses are not eligible.
  • Courses should be repeatable and primarily for undergraduates, though courses open to graduate students are also acceptable.
  • Courses should be scheduled to be taught during the 2 academic years following the term of fellowship.
  • Completed draft materials for the course should be submitted to the Center at the end of the fellowship.
  • Fellowship recipients will meet at least twice during the summer to discuss progress and exchange ideas. Virtual meetings are acceptable.
  • Following implementation of the course, recipients a.) will supply a brief (1-2 pgs) review that describes successes and areas for improvement and b.) will be invited to present an overview of the course and outcomes in a public symposium.

Fellowships will prioritize proposals that advance the goals of schools within the College of Liberal Arts and that reflect the university’s core values and mission. Course design or redesign should incorporate any or a combination of the following:


  • Community-engaged and/or transformative experiential learning opportunities.
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion-informed teaching approaches and course content that promote both DEI-based learning outcomes as well as equitable opportunities for student success.
  • Ideas for experimental activities that involve new, evidenced-based approaches to learning and instruction.
  • Content, teaching methods, and outcomes that energize student interest in the humanities and that demonstrate the value and impact of humanistic perspectives.
  • A focus on questions of global, regional, or local significance.

All tenure-stream faculty and fixed-term instructors at .5 FTE or higher in the College of Liberal Arts who are proposing a course in the humanities and humanistic or interpretive social sciences are invited to apply. Preliminary consultations with school directors as well as school support for the proposed course are required.

To Apply:

Stay tuned! The CFP for 2023 fellowships will be announced next winter term.  
Submit the below materials in a single pdf via email to the Center at [email protected]

Materials to include (maximum of 3 pgs of original material, single-spaced):

  1. Name, position, academic unit
  2. Short description of your classes and area of interest (1 paragraph)
  3. Title of the course to be developed and prospective term for implementation. If an existing course, note how frequently it is offered and include a recent syllabus and information on past enrollment.
  4. Proposal Narrative: a preview of your course that includes: 
  • A description of the course, the new instructional approach and/or content, planned assessment activities, outcomes, class productions, rationale for the level of the course, a tentative reading list, and, if applicable, community partnerships.
  • An explanation of how the course will substantially differ in content or pedagogical approach if the proposal involves the redesign of a current course.
  • A statement of purpose emphasizing expected benefits to student learning, school goals, humanities engagement, and, if applicable, community partners. If redesigning a course, discuss what impact your changes will make on enrollments. If a new course, discuss why you expect it to have appeal and generate meaningful enrollment.
  • A brief outline of work to be performed during fellowship.
  • Acknowledgement of support from program committee and/or school director (an included email exchange is sufficient). 



Proposals will be evaluated by members of the Center Advisory Board in consultation with School Directors in the College of Liberal Arts. Notification of award status will be announced in mid-June. Criteria for selection include:

  • Feasibility of course implementation and alignment with school goals.
  • Prospective significance and impact on teaching practices and student learning.
  • Inclusion of assignments that showcase innovative methods and insights of the humanities.
  • Clear vision of how course outcomes will benefit students, the humanities, and communities beyond the university.


If you have questions, consult the FAQ or email [email protected].