Faculty Teaching Fellows Program

We have completed the recruitment of our second cohort of COE Faculty to join the 2-year COE Teaching Fellows Program. Applications for the next cohort will only be available in the Summer of 2023. The tiers are displayed in the infographic below. Because each tier's activities are based upon the completion of the previous one, it is very important for you to accomplish the lower tier before applying for an advanced one.

Once you complete Tier 1 (Teaching Fellow), you can either maintain that title or apply for Tier 2 (Teaching Scholar). The COE Teaching Fellow is an annually earned title, not a credential. Each academic year we will host activities focused on a new theme. To maintain your title’s active status for the year, you must complete all the Requirements for Maintaining your COE Teaching Fellow Title for that year. Faculty who maintain their Teaching Fellow title will be compensated, exact amount TBD.

Faculty who choose to apply for Tier 2 (Teaching Scholar) should complete the activities necessary for achieving the Teaching Scholar level (a 2-year process) instead of participating in the Teaching Fellow Title maintenance activities. See the Requirements for Earning a COE Teaching Scholar Title for more information. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the program, please contact engr-ecec@unl.edu or Dr. Tareq Daher.  Please note that the program is not currently offered to post-docs and lecturers. 


To register please follow: https://engineering.unl.edu/ecec/registration/. (Registeration is currently suspended until Summer of 2023)

Tier 0

Requirements GoalsProgram timelineReward
This tier is open to all COE faculty members, and will focus on the fundamentals of teaching and learning. Participants design a course based on RBIS. At the end of the year, participants will be able to
  • Write clear measurable course learning goals;
  • Create assessments (formative/summative) that align with the learning goals;
  • Design, develop, and implement instructional activities that support student's learning;
  • Classify students' and instructor's in-class behaviors;
  • Distinguish between effective and ineffective strategies;
  • Identify and explain their instructional profiles; 

Fall: (13 hrs)

Spring: (10 hrs)

  • Books: Understanding by Design and ClassroomAssessment Techniques
  • Teaching Excellence Celebration
  • Confirmation letter

Tier 1: Fellow

Requirements GoalsProgram timelineReward

To join this tier, faculty must complete all activities in Tier 0 and apply to Tier 1. 

As a reminder, the COE Teaching Fellowship is an earned title and not a credential. To maintain your title’s active status for the next 3 years, please review the Requirements for Maintaining COE Teaching Fellow Title.

Developing a faculty learning community. Activities and topics include:
  • Leading group discussion
  • Teamwork
  • Tech day
  • Innovative assessment techniques/strategies
  • Use of video
  • Reflection
  • Technical writing
  • Student motivation
  • Academic integrity 


  • Review peer course
  • Discussions with Faculty Teaching Fellows Mentor on T&L topics
  • Conduct Three-Four observations in the POCA program


  • Presentation for COE faculty
  • Four observations
  • Two group discussions

Full details regarding program activities can be found here.

  • Professional Development (conferences such as ASEE and Teaching Professor)
  • Maximum for Fellows Professional Development: $1500
  • Teaching Excellence Celebration
  • Certificate 

Tier 2: Scholar

RequirementsGoalsProgram timelineReward

To join this tier, faculty must complete all activities in Tier 0 and 1 and apply to Tier 2.

Tier 2 is a two-year program. 

As a reminder, the COE Teaching Scholar is an earned title and not a credential. To earn this Title, please review the Requirements for Earning a COE Teaching Scholar Title.

Complete a SOTL project. 


  • Complete CITI training
  • Design and conduct SOTL study
    • Consider various design options and select from among them
    • Determine the types of data that are needed to answer research question
    • Develop and adhere to study protocols that support the integrity of the study
  • Disseminate SOTL study via publication


  • Regular meetings with LAC, more pre-study than during or post-study
  • Readings/resources related to education research design and analysis
  • Present work to COE faculty

Year 1: 

Year 2:

  • Present your work at a national conference
  • Maximum Professional Devleopment for Scholars: $2000
  • Named Scholar
  • Stipend TBD
  • Teaching Excellence Celebration