Elon Teaching Fellows participate in purposefully designed enrichment experiences, with a thematic emphasis on identity development, from core to professional, that aim to transform them into engaged citizens, teacher scholars and future education leaders.
Unique enrichment experiences include:
An American History Study Tour course in winter term of the first year, during which Fellows visit pre-revolutionary war historical sites along the Eastern seaboard, such as Boston and Philadelphia. As a result of this experience, they listen to historical interpretation and learn to critically assess the values and motivation of the interpreter.
A semester abroad during the spring of sophomore year, during which Fellows live and study in England, Costa Rica or an appropriate country if majoring in a foreign language. They intern at an education related agency and take university courses taught by Elon and native faculty. They return more globally aware and cognizant of their role as an engaged citizen in a diverse and changing world.
Leadership experience at The Washington Center in Washington, D.C. during winter term of junior year, during which Fellows participate in political science seminars to gain an understanding of political context for and the role of media in educational decision-making. They learn from leading journalists, White House personnel, and politicians about the workings of the federal government and how to become leaders in educational advocacy.
Engagement in inquiry with a faculty mentor that involves the investigation of a question or issue related to an Elon University field of study. Fellows submit a proposal fall of sophomore year and showcase findings in spring of junior year. Other opportunities for presentation include professional conferences, Spring Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF) and Summer Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE). Fellows are highly encouraged to apply for the Lumen Prize during spring of sophomore year.
In addition, Fellows participate in required tutoring service in local schools and community, academic seminars, alumni panels, and field trips to innovative schools to enhance their professional development. Fellows attend campus cultural events and convocations, and engage in focused discussions and reflections.