Elon Teaching Fellows receive $7,500 in scholarship funding, which is renewable annually based on academic performance and program participation. This is in addition to any Presidential or Elon Engagement Scholarship received. Also included in the award is airfare during the semester abroad and program-funded enrichment experiences such as the two Winter Term courses, seminars and speakers valued around $6,500 per Fellow.
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 motivations of the interpreters.
A semester abroad during the spring of sophomore year, Fellows study at the Dr. Jo Watts Williams School of Education Center at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. Fellows complete two education courses, one of which includes a five-week, full-time teaching placement in a local school. Fellows are provided airfare support. World language majors will study for a semester in a country appropriate to their language study.
Leadership experience in Washington, D.C. during winter term of junior year, during which Fellows participate in two weeks of 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. During the third week of the winter term, Fellows return to Elon for a series of education policy-related experiences at the state and local level.
Engagement in inquiry with a faculty mentor that involves an investigation of a problem or question related to their education interests. This project helps Fellows develop research, thinking, learning, and reflection skills that can benefit them throughout their careers in education. 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.