Dewey Fellowship

The Dewey Fellowship is named after John Dewey (1859-1952), a psychologist and educational reformer who is particularly linked to the notion of democratizing education and learning through experience and experimentation.

ISTLD Dewey Fellows are continuing faculty members at SFU who have demonstrated their interest and commitment to the investigation of teaching and learning through the successful conduct of at least one Teaching and Learning Development Grant (TLDG) and through other activities within their departments and faculties. They have developed particular expertise in the investigation of innovative course designs and instructional methods that support student learning in their discipline. Dewey Fellows are invited to work with the ISTLD for a one-year term during which they contribute to ISTLD programs and also conduct teaching and learning research that goes beyond their own practice.

Consistent with the mandate of the Institute to “inspire, support and enhance faculty-led inquiry into all aspects of teaching and learning at SFU,” Dewey Fellows undertake the conduct of a research project that goes beyond their own practice. Specifically, Dewey Fellows design and implement teaching and learning research that includes other faculty colleagues as co-investigators. Dewey Fellows also take part in the day-to-day work of the ISTLD in ways that interest them (e.g., facilitating workshops, providing consultation on TLDG projects, advice on strategic planning).


Dewey Fellowship applicants must hold a continuing faculty appointment (lecture or tenure track) at Simon Fraser University and have been an applicant on at least one Teaching and Learning Development Grant.

Fellowship Award

  • Two course releases (up to $20,000) – upon department/school approval
  • $6000 funding to support the research project as outlined in the proposal, including up to $1200 for conference travel to disseminate the project’s findings
  • Mentoring from ISTLD team
  • Assistance with data collection instruments and design, literature review, research assistant hiring, administrative support and grant facilitation

Fellowship Terms

  • Dewey Fellowship appointments will be held for 12 months  


Dewey Fellows will:

  • Gain department/school approval to participate in the ISTLD Dewey Fellowship Program
  • Work with the ISTLD team to develop a research plan
  • Conduct their research
  • Attend regular ISTLD team meetings (1 – 2 per month)
  • hare their project’s findings with the university community
  • Develop their capacity for teaching and learning inquiry and the ability to mentor others
  • Complete a final report outlining the project’s findings