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School of Education's Academy of Fellows

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SIUE's School of Education welcomes applications to its Academy of Fellows.
The purpose of the Academy is to acculturate, develop, support, and honor a cadre of professional leaders who serve the School of Education as Ambassadors, Advisors, Scholars, and Teaching Fellows.

There are two different levels of involvement as a Fellow of the Academy.

  • Ambassadors: All Fellows of the Academy serve as Ambassadors. They show interest in the activities of the School of Education and receive information, updates and invitations to events. Ambassadors may be invited to provide service on such bodies as: advisory boards, search committees, and awards committees; or serve as judges, occasional guest speakers in class, or help at conferences. Ambassadors may accept or decline these invitations.
  • Scholars: Scholars are professionals who hold at least a master's degree. Faculty may invite Scholars to make presentations in courses on specific topics in their area of expertise to enhance the quality of learning for graduate and undergraduate students in the School of Education. Scholars may accept or decline these invitations. Additionally, opportunities may become available to work with faculty in courses and other programmatic experiences.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who can join the Academy?
Anyone with an interest in and commitment to the School of Education, as represented by the activities and programs in its five departments: Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, Kinesiology and Health Education, Psychology, and Special Education and Communication Disorders. A master's degree is required for a Scholar or Teaching Fellow.

2. How do I become a Fellow of the Academy?
Complete the online application available at

3. What is my commitment if I become a Fellow in the Academy?
Your commitment and role depends on your interests and qualifications, therefore your involvement is as much or as little as you choose: For example, Ambassadors are committing themselves to expressing interest in the School of Education and they will receive updates and invitations; Scholars are interested in supporting the classroom activities of the School of Education and making themselves available to visit classes if and when they are invited to do so by individual faculty. At each level, you can accept or decline any invitation you may receive.

4. When does the Academy accept new Fellows?
Applications are processed as they are received, and a certificate recognizing you as a Fellow of the Academy will be mailed directly to you; however, those who are Fellows by April 09, 2009 will become Charter Fellows of the Academy and receive specially designated certificates at the Inaugural Reception on Thursday evening May 7, 2009.

5. How do I move from one level to another in the Academy?
The online application (available at: provides information and access to different levels. If you wish to change your level at any time, you may make this request using the same form.

6. I have received professional recognition from another group, how does this affect my level of involvement?
The School of Education is delighted to accept applications from those who have received professional recognition through awards or advanced degrees (e.g. National Board Certification, Golden Apple Award Winner, Teaching Excellence Awards, Fellow of the National Writing Project, etc.). You may join as a Fellow at a level available for your level of qualification.

7. I already teach as adjunct faculty at SIUE, how does this affect my level of membership?
Those with a master's degree who are already serving as adjunct instructors are especially welcome in the Academy. We would welcome your application to the Academy at any level you choose.

8. I am interested teaching at SIUE in the future, can I nominate myself to be a Teaching Fellow?
Yes, Teaching Fellows serve when they are invited by faculty or when they nominate themselves; however, there may be limited opportunities to teach courses at the university because of constraints such as job openings, contractual restrictions, qualifications, employment law, and budgets.

If you need further assistance, please contact:
Beth Weeks at or (618) 650 3350

Or by mail to:
Beth Weeks, Secretary
Office of Dean,
Box 1049
School of Education
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
IL 62026