STLI Fellowship Program

STLI Fellowship Program

Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s New President’s grant that supports institutional priorities identified by President Katherine Rowe, the STLI Faculty Fellows serve as pedagogical leaders and collaborators to support instructors across the university. The fellows share their experience, mentor instructors across disciplines, serve as group facilitators or session presenters during course development seminars, and design and offer professional learning opportunities on innovative teaching practices. Looking ahead, the fellows will branch out in their own disciplines and develop workshops and programming focused on mental health issues, student engagement and more – widening the studio’s scope and strengthen the community of educators.

‘21 – 22 Excellence in Teaching Fellows

Leslie Cochrane

Professor Cochrane serves as a senior lecturer of English and linguistics at William & Mary. During her fellowship, she will concentrate on accessibility and universal design for learning in alignment with the university’s values of belonging, flourishing, and respect.

Joan Gavaler

Professor Gavaler serves as a dance professor at William & Mary. During her fellowship, she will focus on performance pedagogy and facilitate discussions about the derivation of pedagogy from artistic practice influences and how to support student learning across all disciplines. 

Fellow Portfolio

Connecting with Students: Seeing Through a Performance Pedagogy Lens

Connecting with Students: Seeing Through a Performance Pedagogy Lens

Principles of Performance Pedagogy provide fundamental support for learning in any discipline. Performance Pedagogy values harnessing students’ pre-existing strengths and their own collection of knowledge and unique experiences. In this post I discuss different perspectives we can bring to how we engage with students….

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Reframing accommodations on your syllabus

Reframing accommodations on your syllabus

The syllabus sets the tone for the course from the very first day — this is our opportunity to welcome all of our students! Welcoming students with disabilities reflects the William & Mary values of belonging, flourishing, and respect, but it can require reframing our stock legalistic language about accommodations….

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W&M Studio for Teaching & Learning Innovation announces ‘21 – 22 Excellence in Teaching Fellows

W&M Studio for Teaching & Learning Innovation announces ‘21 – 22 Excellence in Teaching Fellows

The Studio for Teaching & Learning Innovation (STLI) recently selected Joan Gavaler and Leslie Cochrane as the Teaching Excellence Fellows for the upcoming 2021 – 2022 academic year.

Gavaler and Cochrane will serve as the second cohort of STLI Fellows since the program’s inception. By focusing on strategic priorities for the university related to teaching and learning, the fellows will develop learning opportunities and programming for instructors across the university in collaboration with the STLI team….

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Connect with Mike Blum, Teaching Consultant & Program Manager

With more than 20 years at William & Mary, Mike's favorite type of projects are those that combine storytelling and technology. His current areas of focus include developing communities of practice and designing collaborative pathways for effective teaching and learning.