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Course Hero-Woodrow Wilson Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching

The 2018 competition is now open! Applications are due by April 30.

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Eligibility and Selection

Applicants eligible for the Course Hero-WW Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching will be assistant professors in tenure-track appointments who are pursuing tenure. They will have successfully passed the standard third-year/midpoint review or their institution’s equivalent no later than March 2, 2018 and will be in the fourth or fifth year of the tenure-track appointment. Applicants who would be considered for tenure during the award year will be ineligible.


Course Hero-WW Fellows may be working in any field in the arts and sciences or in a business school. They will provide evidence of excellence and innovation in teaching at the undergraduate level, as well as of outstanding progress in developing a research dossier for tenure.

The Course Hero-WW Fellowship will recognize junior faculty candidates who exhibit balance between scholarly excellence and a commitment to outstanding undergraduate teaching practice that creates a new level of engagement for students in and beyond the classroom. In short, Fellows will be emerging heroes in their fields, on a clear trajectory to become great college educators. (For examples of the kind of teaching excellence Course Hero promotes, see https://www.coursehero.com/heroes.)

Exceptional candidates provide evidence of outstanding progress in developing a research dossier for tenure and of excellence in undergraduate teaching. Exceptional candidates teach in ways that

  • • build student confidence and mastery of a subject;
  • • encourage critical thinking;
  • • explore foundational concepts through the lens of broader themes and global events;
  • • promote the power of learning communities beyond the classroom;
  • • leverage technology to complement the classroom experience;
  • • consider and serve different learning styles;
  • • prepare students for lifelong learning; and
  • • can serve as replicable teaching models for other educators.


Along with the research portfolio, selectors will examine evidence of excellence as educators in and beyond the classroom. Five Course Hero-WW Fellows for Excellence in Teaching will be named for 2018–19.

All applications will first be screened for eligibility by Foundation staff and then be reviewed by a panel of academic leaders.

  • John Branch • Clinical Assistant Professor of Business Administration, University of Michigan
  • James Johnson CN ’88 • Professor of Political Science, University of Rochester
  • Willie Rockward CEF ’01 • Chair and Associate Professor of Physics, Morehouse College
  • Amy Dru Stanley CN ’84• Associate Professor of History, University of Chicago
  • Emily Wiley • Professor of Biology, Claremont McKenna College

A group of finalists will be invited for interviews, and the panel will make the final selection of five Fellows. Interviews will take place by videoconference in mid-June 2018, with awards announced in early July 2018.

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