Higher Education Innovation Fellowship
What it is
Join us for a six-month fellowship where you will learn from over 15 faculty and professional development coaches from a variety of institutions and 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 and three days of innovation workshops in Portland, Oregon.
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 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
How it works
Each cohort consists of up to 18 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 trips to secure help with costs.
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.
We are currently enrolling for our 2019 HEIF cohort, to begin in winter or spring of 2019.
Month 1: Virtual training: The future of higher education / Introduction to Design Thinking
Month 2: Virtual training: How do you listen? How do you “do” empathy?
Month 3: 3 Day Intensive Onsite in Portland, OR (May-June)
Month 4: Virtual training
Month 5: Virtual training
Month 6: Virtual training & wrap up