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Do you have a strong interest in teaching and enjoy learning and talking about new ideas? Consider becoming part of the Incubator for Teaching.

Innovative Teaching Associates

The call for applications for the 2021-2022 Innovative Teaching Associates cohort will be announced in Spring 2021.

Each spring, the Incubator for Teaching Innovation in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) invites applications for its team of Innovative Teaching Associates.  Up to eight (8) faculty members are selected to serve a two-year term.. Any faculty member with an FTE appointment in the College of Arts and Sciences is eligible to apply.

The CAS Innovative Teaching Associates serve as the Incubator’s leadership team. They are a group of creative, collegial faculty who are curious about new teaching approaches and interested in enhancing the practice and culture of teaching in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Each Associate will serve a two-year term during which he or she will receive a budget of $5,000 per year ($10,000 total) to do the following: (Note: Budget may not be used for personal salary or course release and all expenditures must be approved in advance.)

  • Complete an individual innovation project designed to positively transform teaching in his or her department, in a specific major or course(s), or in the college. Projects are expected to draw on current pedagogical research and best practices, to have the potential to enhance students’ learning and to strengthen the Associate’s knowledge of and practice of teaching.

  • Serve as an ambassador and resource on teaching to faculty in his or her home department, by promoting the activities of the CAS Innovative Teaching Incubator and other relevant teaching resources and by engaging in informal conversations with colleagues.

  • Participate in bimonthly brownbag meetings to discuss fellow Associates’ projects in progress, learn about current developments in higher education teaching, and share ideas.

  • Help plan and lead Incubator events, including Gamecock Teaching Days and other activities associated with the program.

Faculty members of any rank (including tenured, tenure-track, and non-tenure-track) with an FTE appointment and who have taught for a minimum of three years in the College of Arts and Sciences are eligible to apply.  Applicants must obtain the endorsement of their department and/or program chair (see “Application Materials” below). Candidates who anticipate taking sabbatical or research leave during the two-year term should not apply. Preference will be given to applicants who regularly teach undergraduate courses in the college and who have a strong record of effectiveness and demonstrated interest in undergraduate teaching. Reappointment and funding for the second year of the term will be contingent upon continued full-time faculty employment at the university and active participation in program activities.

Applications for Innovative Teaching Associates are no longer being accepted.

Required materials include:

  1. Completed application form

  2. Current CV

  3. Completed endorsement from department chair and/or program director (applicants with joint appointments should note both units)

  4. Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s teaching record and approach.  Letters of recommendation should be sent separately to Christy Friend at

Applications will be evaluated by a selection committee consisting of the Incubator director, current CAS Innovative Teaching Associates, and a representative from the Dean’s office. Applications will be evaluated based on the innovativeness, quality, and likely impact of the candidate’s proposed project and activities. Selections will be announced on or before Friday, May 8, 2020. 

Graduate Student Leadership Team

The call for applications for the 2021-2022 Innovative Teaching Associates cohort will be announced in Spring 2021.

Become part of the Incubator for Teaching Innovation’s Graduate Student Leadership Team (GSLT). The GSLT supports Incubator programming and builds a community of GTAs in the college who are engaged with current developments in higher education pedagogy. Up to six outstanding GTAs will be selected to serve a one-year term  as part of this group.

As part of the one-year term, Graduate Student Leadership Team members will receive a $750 allowance for travel related to their research and/or teaching in return for the following:

  • Meet as a learning community with other team members to discuss current research and developments in higher education teaching and to share teaching ideas (5-6 brownbag sessions during the academic year.)
  • Assist with and actively participate in at least one Incubator event during the 2020 academic year (for example, Gamecock Teaching Days, Innovation Pop-Ups, INCUBATE Presents workshops, etc.)
  • Contribute a book review and at least one additional entry to the Incubator blog
  • Serve as an informal ambassador on teaching and promote Incubator events activities to colleagues.

Any graduate student who holds a teaching assistantship in a CAS department or program and who has a minimum of one year’s experience teaching at UofSC may apply. Applicants must be in good academic standing and have the endorsement of their academic advisor. Students who have previously served on the GSLT may apply for a second term.

Interested candidates should complete the online form by May 8, 2020. Candidates will need:

  • A current CV
  • 1-2 paragraphs summarizing your teaching record and interest in being part of the Incubator
  • The name and email address of your academic advisor for the purpose of requesting and endorsement.
    Your academic advisor must support your application and confirm that you are in good academic standing and hold a graduate teaching assistantship for the 2019-2020 academic year.

A committee consisting of faculty members currently affiliated with the Incubator will review the applications; selections will be announced by May 18, 2020. Up to six outstanding GTAs will be selected to serve a one-year term.


Further Information

For more details about the Incubator for Teaching Innovation, visit our blog. Please direct questions about the programs or about the application process to Nina Moreno at

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