Faculty Fellowship & Coaching

Are you interested in teaching with IBL, but want more structure and/or guidance? Are you already teaching with IBL but looking to hone your skills? Maybe it’s not working as you envisioned and you could use some feedback? Then you might be interested in the NE-IBLM Faculty Fellowship Program!

In our coaching model a more experienced IBL faculty member (the coach) is paired with a faculty fellow who is interested in advancing their use of IBL. In this model, the coach and fellow not only observe each other's teaching but actually co-teach, model teaching techniques to each other, and reflect together on a common teaching experience. We believe this model helps empower faculty to push past the number of barriers to moving one’s pedagogy toward IBL.

The faculty fellow is provided a stipend of $500 (which should also cover travel expenses if travel is possible).

The faculty fellow will most likely be partnered with a coach not at their own institution, that will ideally be a good match in terms of personality, experience, and matching schedule. Usually we want the coach to be within 1-2 hours drive but we assume that all coaching this fall will happen remotely only. The partnership lasts for at least one semester, during which the following activities will happen:


  • Initial meeting with the coach to create a plan, set times to meet, agree on a support structure (e.g. writing IBL notes needs different support than learning how to facilitate discussions on zoom),

  • 2-3 virtual visits each including a "pre-visit meeting" to discuss the focus points and agree on a plan (could be via e-mail), "virtual visit" for a first-hand experience, and "post-visit meeting" to reflect on the experience and discuss the focus points,

  • A final reflection piece (look at our community blog for examples),

  • Collection of teaching artifacts (new IBLish lesson plans, new IBLish assessments, anonymous student work,…),

  • 1 virtual meeting in winter/spring with ALL coaches and fellows to share our experiences.


Questions? Contact Chrissi or Volker.

Ready to apply? Fellowship Application Form Application deadline: August 12.

Faculty Fellows Spring 2020:

Erin Rizzie

University of Connecticut



Meredith Watts

MassBay Community College



Terri Magnus

Rivier University, NH