Higher Education Innovation Fellowship
What it is
Join us for a year-long fellowship where you will learn from over 15 faculty and professional development coaches from a variety of organizations. Fellows participate in sessions on creating scalable service culture, user experience design, the future of work, digital engagement strategies, social media best practices, branding yourself as a change agent on campus, innovation project design and delivery, tracking metrics that matter, the emerging needs of Gen Z, and other topics.
The program includes six months of curriculum, nine days of innovation workshops in Portland, Oregon, and a six month applied campus innovation project where fellows will put one of their ideas into action with constituents.
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.
Meet the current HEIF cohort
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
Fellow and Senior Research Analyst, University Innovation Alliance
Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Concordia University
How it works
We offer two cohorts with up to 15 fellows per session. Fellowship attendance costs $3,500 plus travel and lodging for onsite visits to Portland. Many fellows schedule alumni visits, engage recruiting partners or other work in tandem with their onsite trips to secure help with costs. The goal of each fellow's innovation project is for their institution to recoup their tuition investment right away.
Applicants interview with Switchboard before enrollment. HEIF has a rolling admissions process. Contact Chelsea Haring, our COO, for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter cohort: January through December, 2018
Summer cohort: June 2018 through May 2019
Month 1: Virtual Training, Welcome and Program Overview
Month 2: Innovation Workshop (Switchboard HQ, Portland, OR, 3 days)
Months 3-5: Virtual Training
Month 6: Innovation Workshop (Switchboard HQ, Portland, OR, 3 days)
Month 7: Virtual Training/Project Kickoff
Month 8: Project Implementation—begin monthly project coaching sessions
Month 9: Virtual Group Project Check In
Month 10: Project Individual Coaching Session
Month 11: Project Individual Coaching Session
Month 12: Final Innovation Workshop/Project Presentations (Switchboard HQ, Portland, OR, 3 days)