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).