Carnegie Mellon University

Eberly Center

Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation

2021-2022 Wimmer Faculty Fellowship for the Development of Teaching

To encourage and foster the professional development of junior faculty as educators.

These fellowships of $3,000 each can be used to help junior faculty members improve the quality of their teaching and learning of CMU students by designing a new course or revising an existing course through:

  • incorporating instructional strategies (e.g., active learning, group work, peer evaluation, "flipping" the classroom);
  • implementing educational technologies (e.g., online/blended formats, collaboration tools, video/screen capture);
  • creating instructional materials (e.g., assignments, case studies, syllabi, classroom activities, performance rubrics);
  • collecting and analyzing data on student learning to iteratively improve course design (e.g., via learning analytics, pre/post-tests, analyses of student work, student surveys or focus groups); and/or
  • integrating new content (e.g., global or multicultural perspectives, ethics, sustainability, interdisciplinarity - simply updating disciplinary content is not sufficient).
The above list is not exhaustive; we encourage interested colleagues to contact us to discuss potential ideas!

Who is eligible?

Junior faculty members teaching at CMU who have five or fewer years of teaching experience at the university level, either at Carnegie Mellon or elsewhere. Proposals must seek to enhance  CMU students’ learning. Projects targeting undergraduate and/or graduate students are welcome. Proposed courses must be taught in AY 2021-22 and affiliated with CMU academic programs.


The maximum funding period is one year (i.e., May 2021 - May 2022). Fellowship awards may be used as faculty stipend (taxable) or to directly support project costs.

Relevant dates

  • Applications due Monday, March 22, 2021
  • Notification of awards by Friday, April 23, 2021

Expectations for Wimmer Faculty Fellows

To ensure that participants make demonstrable progress toward their proposed goals, we require that you:

  • meet regularly with an Eberly consultant who will provide support, guidance and feedback;
  • participate in Wimmer Course Incubator on  Wednesday, May 12, 2021;
  • produce and share materials (e.g., assignments, projects, classroom activities, performance rubrics, instructional units) for a course you will be teaching;
  • receive a confidential Early Course Feedback Focus Group service from the Eberly Center during the semester the course is offered;
  • submit a short (2-page) reflection on what you have done and its impact on your teaching and student learning or engagement;
  • collect data on learning outcomes to inform future course iterations, with the full support of the Eberly Center staff; and
  • present your project at the CMU Teaching & Learning Summit in Fall 2021

Application Process

Interested faculty should submit a proposal electronically to the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation (email: by Monday, March 22, 2021.

Proposals should include the following sections (with a maximum of five pages overall):

  1. Project Description: Articulate the nature, scope, and goals of your intended project in relation to a specific course or courses you will be teaching.
  2. Expected Outcomes: Describe the anticipated impacts on CMU students (i.e., how your project will improve student learning and/or enhance teaching at CMU). Please be specific. 
  3. Evaluation Plan: Explain how you plan to evaluate the impacts of project activities. Plans may include surveys or focus groups regarding student experiences/perceptions. However, this plan should also include the types of data sources (e.g., exam scores, assignments, etc.) you could collect in order to directly measure your project’s impact on student learning. Eberly Center staff will work with you to further develop this component.
  4. Eberly Center Support: Identify the specific help/advice you will seek from Eberly colleagues to effectively develop and implement the project.
  5. Professional Development: Describe how your project and associated interactions with Eberly colleagues will contribute to your professional development as an educator.
  6. Feasibility/Sustainability:
    • Provide a timeline identifying major milestones in your project and justify their feasibility during the funding period.
    • An itemized budget is not required. However, if your project requires funds beyond $3000, please justify the feasibility of implementing the proposal during the funding period.
    • Specify your continuation plan for the project following the funding period.

Any questions about the program may be directed to

Applicants may request a consultation with an Eberly colleague on their project idea and evaluation plan prior to submitting a proposal. Please request a consult at least one week prior to the submission deadline.