CETL fellows engage faculty in developing creative, effective, and innovative pedagogies that enhance student learning and support academic success. They also contribute to the development of sponsored research to analyze, develop and adopt best practices in teaching that draw on a scientific understanding of how students learn.

CETL faculty fellows lead the Center’s research efforts on best practices in teaching and learning; the subsequent application and assessment of those practices; the adaptation of those practices, as-needed, for the Merrimack context; and ultimately, the adoption of those practices within the institution. In their research, fellows actively partner with other faculty, academic support centers, departments, and others, as well as conduct individually-focused, sponsored research. The fellows and their partners jointly identify problems or issues related to teaching and learning; and through the CETL, conduct research to identify and test pedagogies designed to solve and address the given problem or issue. This research will foster a multidisciplinary faculty dialogue that investigates across a range of fields (e.g., cognitive and developmental psychology, sociology, higher education, diversity, human development and technology) to help faculty understand the diversity of learning preferences that exist among our students and the varied teaching methods our faculty employ, in order to create innovative and effective pedagogies.

Funding Level

Fellowships carry with them a half-time release from normal teaching load plus a summer stipend of $4,400. During the term of their appointment, fellows conduct research on teaching and learning (as described above), provide a formal report on their activities at the end of their term, and disseminate that research to the Merrimack Community and beyond.


CETL faculty fellows will be full-time faculty members from within the College, with appointments for one academic year.

How to Apply

Faculty interested in applying for the 2019/20 year should submit to the Office of the Provost a letter of interest that describes in no more than three pages:

  • The research question that the fellow will address
  • The academic, theoretical, and/or disciplinary perspective(s) from which this research question will be addressed
  • The ways that this project will use existing research on teaching and learning to adopt and adapt pedagogies, and advance best practices at Merrimack and beyond
  • A plan for involving other faculty across disciplines in the faculty fellow’s research agenda
  • How the efficacy of the pedagogies examined in this research will be assessed
  • How the results of this research will be disseminated and the positive impact that will result

Applicants should also submit letters from their Chair and Dean acknowledging that a plan for any necessary reassignment of the applicant’s courses has been approved. Completed applications will be reviewed by the Office of the Provost and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, which will make recommendations for an appointment.

Application Deadline

Faculty interested in applying for the 2019-2020 year should submit to the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (officeoftheprovost@merrimack.edu) by February 15, 2019. For more information, please contact Dr. Kathryn Nielsen  nielsenk@merrimack.edu.