Higher Education Innovation Fellowship
As a fellow, you will…
Join like-minded professionals across functional areas of a variety of institutions to learn models for innovation.
Learn service design and delivery models that scale in other industries and discover potential applications into higher education
Understand how to build team capacity around strategic listening
Develop best practices for community activation and management to drive change initiatives forward at your institution.
The fellowship includes:
Two days of on-site curriculum sessions and visits to leading innovators in the Portland, Oregon business and education community
Admission to our two-day, signature conference in Portland, Oregon: ListenUp EDU
12 hours of interactive virtual sessions with leaders in design thinking, user experience, marketing and communications, and student and alumni success
Opportunity to learn models of service design and delivery from outside industries with direct applications to higher education
Books and continued access to materials, resources, and learning opportunities
Worksheets and templates to use personally and with your teams
Virtual online group discussions with other fellows and the ability to form connections with like minded change agents in higher education
Opportunity to hone your presentation and change management facilitation skills
Applicants interview with Switchboard before enrollment. We are currently accepting applications for our 2019 cohort. Contact Chelsea Haring, our COO, for more information: email@example.com.
Who it's for
This program is designed for ambitious emerging innovators in higher education who want to learn best practices to scale innovation at their institutions and advance themselves as a change agent on campus.
There's no experience level requirement; however, most applicants have at least five years of work experience (in education or elswhere). These fellows are action-oriented, collaborative, outcomes-driven, innovative, and seek to learn from models and case studies across campuses and industries. The program teaches fellows to break down professional development silos that exist in higher education and fellows represent various departments and roles in their institutions, staff, faculty, doctoral students, alumni volunteers, and so on.
How it works
Each cohort consists of up to 20 fellows. Fellowship attendance costs $3,500 plus travel and lodging for onsite visits to Portland. We offer an early bird rate of $2,900 for those who register by January 15. Many fellows schedule alumni visits, engage recruiting partners, or arrange other work in tandem with their onsite trip to secure help with costs.
We are currently enrolling for our 2019 HEIF cohort, to begin in the spring of 2019.
Virtual Training 1:The future of higher education: Introduction to Design Thinking & Continuity Canvas (Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 90 minutes)
Virtual Training 2: Virtual training: How do we “do” empathy in education? Lessons from journalism and user experience in tech (Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019, 2 hours)
2 Day Intensive Onsite in Portland, OR + 2 Days at ListenUp EDU (April 15–18)
Virtual Training 3: Facilitating change in higher education (Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 2 hours)
Virtual Training 4: Social listening and data-informed listening (Tuesday, July 9th, 2019, 2 hours)
Virtual Training 5: User experience and service design in higher education: Ideation, prototyping, and implementation (Tuesday, August 6th, 2019, 2 hours)
Virtual Training 6: Fellows choose a topic they want to learn more about
Meet the HEIF Fellows
Dana Maze Ehrlich
Alumnae Volunteer, Smith College
Program Coordinator, Office of Alumnae Relations, Smith College
Director of Alumni Career Services, Oregon State University Alumni Association
Director of Career Development, Center for Engineering, University of Virginia
Director of Alumni Learning and Career Programs, Pomona College
Director of External Relations, Oregon State University Career Center
Fellow and Senior Research Analyst, University Innovation Alliance
Associate Director of Career Services, Portland State University
Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Concordia University
Alumni Relations Associate, Central Catholic High School
Doctoral Intern, Texas Association of School Administrators
Program Director of Young Alumni Giving, University of Notre Dame