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Marianne Amarel Endowment


The Marianne Amarel Fellowship for the Scholarship of Teaching

The Center for the Scholarship of Teaching is pleased to announce the annual competition for the Marianne Amarel Fellowship for the Scholarship of Teaching. This fellowship is available to COE doctoral students interested in a new scholarship of teaching and learning, at the K-12 level or higher in education. The fellowship is intended to help the awardee establish - and pursue -- a line of inquiry concerning the scholarship of teaching and learning in a particular subject matter. The awardee can choose to study his/her own teaching or that of other teachers and their students. The fellowship is renewable for up to three years (although each year the student must resubmit materials to be evaluated by the selection committee), and provides the grantee with a 50% research assistantship and $1500 in support for travel and research expenses. The awardee is expected to be an active participant in activities sponsored by the Center for the Scholarship of teaching, including pedagogical seminars for university faculty and staff, the visiting speaker series, teaching awards, and generally contributing to the life of the Center. Please let your advisees and other doctoral students who you work with know about this fellowship.

What is a scholarship of teaching and learning?
There has been a growing interest, both in K-12 education and in higher education, for scholarship that informs teaching and learning in schools, colleges and universities. Starting with Ernest Boyer's report, Scholarship Reconsidered, many universities and professional associations have initiated conversations about how work on teaching could be a focus of one's scholarship and lead to, as the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching argues:

  • significant, long-lasting learning for all students
  • advances in the practice and profession of teaching, and
  • bringing to teaching the recognition afforded to other forms of scholarly work

Nationwide, projects have sprung up that explore the meaning, significance, and implications for a scholarship of teaching in K-12 settings and universities. At Michigan State University, the College of Education opened a Center for the Scholarship of Teaching in the fall of 2000. The Center is committed to supporting and nurturing cross-university discussions about teaching and learning and the development of substantial lines of scholarly inquiry into the learning of children in K-12 settings; undergraduates, masters, and doctoral students across the university; and prospective and practicing teachers associated with MSU's teacher education program. The Marianne Amarel Fellowship awardee would be an active participant in the Center and supervised by the Center's director.

Who was Marianne Amarel?
Marianne Amarel was an educator and scholar who advocated the teacher's role in the creation of knowledge and the construction of curriculum. She was an officer of the American Educational Research Association, a member of the national advisory board of the Institute for Research on Teacher Education. She participated in the creation of the Holmes Group, serving as liaison to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Her papers are archived at MSU. The Marianne Amarel Memorial Lecture series was established in 1989 by Michigan State University, the Holmes Group, and family, friends, and colleagues of Marianne Amarel.

How to apply
Active doctoral students currently enrolled in any doctoral program in the College of Education at Michigan State University are invited to apply. The application deadline is 7 March 2008. Applicants should submit a personal statement providing information on the development of their interests in a scholarship of teaching and for learning (maximum 2500 words); a research plan for one year of study (maximum length 2500 words); a current resume; two letters of recommendation from University faculty; and one writing sample (this can be a conference paper, a course paper, a published chapter/article, etc.). One full set of the application materials should be sent electronically to Connie Orr at orr@msu.edu by 5 pm on 7 March. Materials that exceed the word count will not be considered.

The applications will be reviewed by the director of the Center of Scholarship of Teaching, and three members of the advisory board to the Marianne Amarel Lectureship. Decisions will be made by 17 March 2008. One fellow is selected.

The award will consist of a 50% research assistantship and $1500 in travel and research expenses. The awardee will be provided with office space in the Center for the Scholarship of Teaching, and will be expected to be an active participant in the Center's activities, working closely with Center staff throughout the year. The fellowship is renewable for up to three years, and depending on the awardee's performance and continued interest in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

 

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