A minimum of two years as an Associate, but this can be extended by up to a further two years by mutual agreement between the Department, the individual and CTLT. (This would make sense, for example, when a project is still ongoing, but will not involve additional buy-outs).

Course buyouts are provided to Associates so that they are able to devote a commensurate amount of time to working on their project during the two year period as they would on two 3-credit courses, rather than having to do it all ‘off the side of their desks’. This will enable a substantive project to be adequately resourced and executed over this period. Beyond the course buyouts, we want to maintain active engagement with the ‘alumni’ Associates, as reciprocal points of contact between their Department / Faculty and CTLT resources and services. Faculty Associates will meet as a cohort twice a semester, be invited to CTLT events and also be asked to present on their projects during Celebrate Learning week.  We would not expect this commitment to extend, in aggregate, to more than 10-15 hours per year.

We do not expect that a Department would be willing to support the nomination of one of their most engaged teachers if the buy-out funding would not allow them to replace this expertise appropriately. On the other hand, we would like to be able to support as many of these Associate positions as possible within the fixed budget we have for this activity. In line with funding for TLEF projects, we would anticipate up to $10k buyout for a 3-credit course.

We see this as supplementing and complementing the activities and collaborations between the three sets of partners here: the department, the Faculty-based learning support staff, including Faculty Liaisons (CTLT staff embedded in / working on Faculty teaching and learning activities) and central academic services provided through CTLT. Our motivating principle is one of multi-point collaboration, to collaborate to address an area of importance to the Department, in order to better enable them to realize their teaching and learning goals.

We recognize that Departments and faculty may want to or need to make plans further ahead. Where possible, we will support applications that intend to defer for a year, e.g. Associates propose a project early in the year before they are able to initiate their project (with a September start) in each year.

The FCP is an intensive 8-month cohort program that Deans are asked to nominate up to 2 faculty members for each year. We see the CTLT Associates program as complimentary to the aspects of development of SoTL expertise in the FCP program, offering an additional route to support for activity on a particular project with tangible benefits to the Department.

CTLT will announce a call for future associates in early January each year.

For more information about the CTLT Faculty Associates Program, contact Jeff Miller, Senior Associate Director, CTLT.