CUES Distinguished Fellowships

CUES Distinguished Fellowships aim to acknowledge and advance faculty scholarship and innovation in university education.

Distinguished Fellowship candidates are nominated by their college. Each college is limited to two nominations per cycle. This limitation may require an earlier within-college mechanism to select final nominees.

Selection as a fellow also requires a strong proposal for a project or study the nominee will conduct over the proposed funding period, aligned with scholarship, innovation, and/or grand challenges in university education.

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Awardees each receive the title of CUES Distinguished Fellow and a grant of up to $20,000 annually for one, two, or three years, depending on project scope. The title of CUES Distinguished Fellow remains in perpetuity.

Funding for the CUES Distinguished Fellowships is made possible through a generous gift from an anonymous donor who values Arizona’s faculty exceptional commitment to improving teaching and learning on our campus.

April 13, 2020: nominations are due. Nominations are submitted via Competition Space.

The review committee will meet before the end of the Spring semester to discuss their reviews and make recommendations to the Provost. The CUES office will communicate selections to the nominees, deans, and department heads.

  • Affiliation: Nominees must be University of Arizona faculty employees who are tenured, tenure-track, continuing-status, continuing-status track, or career-track, as listed in the Arizona system.
  • Demonstrated excellence: Nominated faculty will have demonstrated excellence as scholars and innovators in university teaching, learning, and assessment in at least one of the following areas:
    • Innovation 
      Examples of evidence of prior excellence include: awards for exceptional teaching, successful implementation of innovative assessments of student learning, documented use of evidence-based instructional strategies, records of curriculum innovations leading to improved learning
    • Scholarship 
      Examples of evidence of prior excellence include: journal articles, poster presentations, book chapters, seminars, invited talks
    • Grand Challenge, defined as a cross-disciplinary, enduring educational challenge, beyond an individual class, affecting the quality of education at our University
      Examples of evidence of prior excellence include: documentation of involvement in multi-disciplinary teaching and learning improvement projects, leadership on large grants with reports of project outcomes, documentation of roles in collaborative campus-wide education initiatives
  • Proposal & Broader Engagement: Selection as a CUES Distinguished Fellow also requires:
    1.  A proposal for a project or study the nominee will conduct over their one, two, or three-year period of funding. The project may be an extension of successful work already begun by the nominee or a new project. However, the proposed project must align with one of the three areas listed above.
    1. Some form of Broader Engagement. Examples may include but are not limited to leading a multi-week discussion on novel ideas in educational innovation, assisting colleagues in investigating teaching and learning challenges in their classrooms, leading a faculty group to study and address an emerging grand challenge, or leading a national effort to practice evidence-based teaching. The CUES Director may assist CUES Distinguished Fellows in identifying potential leadership opportunities.

Distinguished Fellowship candidates are nominated by their college. Each college is limited to two nominations per cycle. This limitation may require an earlier within-college mechanism to select final nominees.

Be prepared to submit the following information in PDF format with the nominee's last name in all file names:

  1. Project proposal: at most three single-spaced pages describing,
    1. The problem, gap, or issue to be addressed, its importance, and its alignment with educational scholarship, innovation, and/or a grand challenge in university teaching and learning.
    2. The intended impact and expected outcomes of the project, project timeline (one, two, or three years), and its appropriateness.
    3. The proposed activities or methods, what will be done, including timeline and benchmarks.
  2. Evidence of current or past educational scholarship and innovation: at most one single-spaced page describing evidence of the nominee’s current or past scholarship, innovation, or work addressing a grand challenge.
  3. Detailed budget: provide a complete breakdown of how CUES funds will be used using the budget sheet provided below.
  4. CV: submit the nominee’s most current curriculum vitae.
  5. Letters of support, including:
    1. Department head’s letter of support: this letter should describe the degree of importance placed on this project by the Department and the specific forms of support provided (e.g., release from committee assignments, teaching release, space for a graduate student, an additional teaching assistant, support from departmental staff members).
    2. Dean’s letter of support: this letter should describe the degree of importance placed on this project by the College and the specific forms of support provided by the College.
    3. Other letters of support: submit a minimum of two and maximum of three letters from colleagues or students.

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2020-2021 Budget Sheet.xlsx

2020-2021 Budget Sheet.xlsx

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Sample Proposal.pdf

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For questions about the CUES Distinguished Fellowship program, please contact:

Guadalupe Lozano, Ph.D.
Director, Center for University Education Scholarship (CUES)
Director, External Relations and Evaluation, School of Mathematical Sciences
Associate Research Professor of Mathematics
Beal Center, Room 202G | Phone: 621-9737 | E-mail: guada@email.arizona.edu