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About MetroCITI Fellows

Each year, through the MetroCITI seminar sessions, eight to ten MetroCITI fellows engage with research-based insights into how people learn in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences.  Fellows consider a variety of instructional approaches for positioning students to engage generatively with disciplinary ideas.  They also create and try out new approaches, sharing their experiences with MetroCITI peers and others.  Drawing on MetroCITI resources, fellows develop teaching improvement projects and implement them in one or more of their own classes. In the second half of the year, fellows design and convene an instructional/faculty development session/program for ten or more liberal education faculty colleagues on their campuses.

Structure of Seminars

MetroCITI fellows meet for thirteen seminar sessions across the academic year. 

Summer 2015: Fellows meet for five intensive seminar sessions across two weeks of the summer. The summer sessions focus on exploring path-breaking research on teaching, designing new lessons, and discuss or role-play them with MetroCITI colleagues. In summer sessions, fellows learn about concepts and tools that can support their own efforts, as teachers, to help first- and second-year college students strengthen their thinking while interacting with key disciplinary ideas. Concepts and tools are derived from recent research on human cognition and sociocultural learning.

Fall 2015: Fellows meet for four seminar sessions across the fall semester. Meeting roughly once a month, the fellows share their teaching experiences and analyze cases of teaching in liberal education classrooms. The fall seminar sessions focus on applying the concepts and tools introduced in the summer to actual teaching situations. Fellows design, implement, and assess (formatively) teaching improvement projects in one or more of their own classes. Project staff provide support and materials between meetings, including visiting fellows at their institutions when this can be arranged.

Spring 2016: Fellows meet for four seminar sessions across the spring semester. Meeting roughly once a month, the fellows share and support one another in the design and delivery of teaching improvement projects to ten or more of their campus colleagues.  Fellows are guided in these efforts by the concepts discussed in earlier MetroCITI seminar sessions and provided with structured support from the MetroCITI staff in response to emerging interests and needs.

2015-2016 MetroCITI Seminar Meeting Schedule 

Summer 2015: 5 Sessions over 2 weeks from 10am-1pm:

July 13th, 15th, 17th, 20th, and 22nd

Fall 2015: 4 Sessions on Fridays from 10am-1pm: 

September 18th, October 16th, November 20th and December 4th

Spring 2016: 4 Sessions on Fridays from 10am-1pm:

February 5th, March 4th, April 15th and May 6th

Please note that the Seminar is not a class and that no tuition/fees will be assessed.  Rather it is a collegial gathering of teacher-scholars aimed at supporting pedagogical development in liberal education.  As such, participants will not be compensated for participation, and the fellowship carries no monetary value.  Transportation/parking costs, as well as costs associated with the pedagogical projects and other aspects of Seminar participation, will be borne by fellows and/or their institutions.


2014-15 MetroCITI Fellow Cohort








2015-16 MetroCITI Fellow Cohort