Nielsen Fellows participate in a seminar-style workshop throughout a year-long fellowship program that includes three in-person gatherings at Eckerd College on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Read our Statement on Full Participation.
We are seeking applicants for two 2024-25 Nielsen Fellow workshop cohorts:
- June 3-7, 2024
- January 3-5, 2025
- June 2-6, 2025
- June 10-14, 2024
- January 10-12, 2025
- June 9-13, 2025
Applicants will select Cohort 1, Cohort 2, or EITHER (in which case the applicant will be assigned to one of the two cohorts upon acceptance).
Nielsen Fellows are expected to attend their full workshop program. Read our Statement on Full Participation.
Applications are due on Friday December 22, 2023.
Instructions for Applying
The application process requires attaching four documents. Names should appear on all documents and they should be labeled “lastname-typeofdocument.pdf.” Applications that do not include all four documents will be considered incomplete.
- A current CV (4 pages maximum), labeled “lastname-cv.pdf”;
- A single document with brief written responses to the following five writing prompts, labeled “lastname-prompts.pdf”.
- Describe your teaching experience, your teaching context, and your current position in your school’s faculty tenure and promotion process, if applicable (100 words maximum).
- Describe your current teaching persona – in other words, who you are when you are with your students. Give an example of a pedagogical practice that you think best exemplifies your teaching persona. Where do you find your persona resonating, and not resonating, with your students? (150 words maximum)
- How have your own learning experiences and training prepared you, or not prepared you, for teaching at a liberal arts college? (150 words maximum)
- Forget about the cliches and the acceptable responses that we are all accustomed to hearing. For yourself, how do you understand the role and importance of undergraduate liberal arts education today? Why does “the liberal arts” matter? How do you see yourself contributing to the project of undergraduate liberal arts education? (150 words maximum)
- Considering your responses to the previous prompts, tell us a pressing issue you would like to pursue with a cohort of fellow liberal arts college faculty, as well as why this is a pressing issue for you. (150 words maximum)
- A one-page letter of support on institutional letterhead from your department/division chair, dean, or someone in an analogous position, labeled “lastname-letter.pdf.” Letter writers should address the following points:
- The writer’s relationship to the candidate.
- A description of where the candidate is in the tenure and promotion review process..
- A description of the promise the candidate has demonstrated for teaching excellence and future leadership in campus conversations about teaching, the college’s curriculum, and liberal arts education.
- Nielsen Center for the LIberal Arts Statement on Full Participation. (Required)