Fellowship in University Innovation

Posted on April 15th, 2009

Fellowship in University Innovation
Arizona State University

Purpose: The Fellowship in University Innovation at Arizona State University (ASU) is designed to engage early career policy‐makers, analysts, researchers, communicators, writers and leaders in program building processes that can transform higher education institutions. The fellow will develop skills essential to building and communicating programs linked to institutional and societal change.

Overview: During the program, the fellow will engage in program building efforts throughout Arizona State University. Examples of projects that the fellow might conduct include: a workshop on how entrepreneurship might be more integrated in teacher preparation; a presentation that articulates the linkages between universities and economic development; a publication that communicates examples of institutional innovation at ASU; a social innovation blog; working with organizations outside the university to build entrepreneurial/innovative partnerships; working collaboratively to institutionalize a university‐wide tool for communicating and building community partnerships; documenting ASU’s institutional transformation.

The fellow will be a part of ASU’s Office of University Initiatives (UI) and will work directly with the leader of that office. The fellow will spend time gaining a better understanding of how the university works, how the office works, and how meaningful university‐wide programs can be developed. In addition, the fellow will meet with ASU students, faculty, staff and community members to learn more about university and community needs and opportunities. The fellow will have the opportunity to make connections within and outside of ASU, between people, projects and resources. The fellow will have specific projects and responsibilities but will also contribute to the efforts of UI. Read more about UI at

The fellowship is for one‐year and is based from ASU at the Tempe campus. The fellowship is full‐time (40+ hours per week) with a salary of $50,000‐$65,000. Additional benefits include health insurance, vacation and sick leave, paid holidays and reduced tuition for self, spouse and dependents. Background: Arizona State University has put forth a vision to become a New American University, focused on excellence, access and impact in everything it does; measured by who it includes, not by whom it excludes; conducting research for the public good; and taking responsibility for the social, economic and cultural vitality of the surrounding community. Read more at

Eligibility and Qualifications: Applications for the fellowship are invited from those who are completing their graduate programs in spring 2009 or have completed their graduate studies within the last 5 years. Candidates should exhibit the following qualities in their application materials:

• Ability to connect people, groups and organizations
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Self‐motivation and teamwork‐orientation
• Your interest in the fellowship, your interest in Arizona State University, and your interest in helping to build ASU as an innovative institution (via cover letter)
• Graduate degree that will be completed in spring 2009 or that has been completed within the last 5 years

Applicants must be either a citizen of the United States or be able to maintain work authorization throughout the fellowship year. Arizona State University does not offer visa sponsorship to candidates for the fellowship program.

How to Apply: The initial application deadline is 5:00 p.m. MST Friday, April 24, 2009; if not awarded, fellowship applications will be reviewed weekly thereafter until the search is closed.
Email a single Adobe Acrobat (.PDF) document that includes the following components to by the deadline:
1. Cover letter that addresses your interest in the fellowship, your interest in Arizona State University, and your interest in helping to build ASU as an innovative institution.
2. Writing sample demonstrating your skill in writing, critical thinking, analysis, and synthesis of ideas/information.
3. Resume, including employment listed in month/year format (e.g. August 2005‐July 2008), job title, job duties and name of employing organization for each position. Education should include the month and year each academic degree was received. If the degree has not yet been earned, list the anticipated graduation date.
4. Three professional references, including name, mailing address, phone number and email address for each.
Application materials should clearly exhibit the qualifications listed in the “Eligibility and Qualifications” section above.

Arizona State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. ASU conducts preemployment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. This fellowship is grant funded. Continuation is contingent on future grant funding.

Fellowship application contact:
Dawn Castle
Arizona State University
Office of University Initiatives
PO Box 873203
Tempe, AZ 85287‐3203


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3 Responses to “Fellowship in University Innovation”

  1. Eliza Gregory says:

    This is going to be a really neat opportunity to work with some very smart people!

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