Lipscomb’s College of Education will begin awarding a one-year Lipscomb Academy Research in Teaching & Learning Fellowship during the 2014-15 school year. The $15,000 fellowship will be awarded each year to an administrator, faculty member, or staff member at Lipscomb Academy. The Lipscomb Academy Fellow will be paired with Lipscomb University faculty to conduct research on a mutually agreed upon topic of significance. The Lipscomb Academy Fellow will be expected to seek and make multiple presentations on the results of his/her work in both the Christian schools and larger professional community, as well as publish results where appropriate. The fellowship’s purpose is three-fold:
- To connect Lipscomb’s PreK-12 educators with both College of Education and other University faculty to conduct research on academic projects that are central to the advancement of Lipscomb Academy’s mission. Projects must have a primary focus on improving teaching and student learning.
- To conduct intensive educator research in an area of interest and need at Lipscomb Academy in order to develop expertise and strategy that lead to implementation.
- To share practical research with the education community, especially with other Christian schools.
The Lipscomb Academy Research in Teaching & Learning Fellowship has been fully funded by the College of Education and a donor gift for the next three years.
In coming years, the fellowship application will be made available in the early spring, and the award will be announced in May. The fellowship period will begin in June and end at the close of the school year that follows.
The inaugural fellowship award is being granted to Ms. Lisa Bruce, the principal of the Academy’s middle school.
“Lisa is a learner in every sense of the word. She promotes both proven and innovative ideas to consistently improve her school and Lipscomb Academy as a whole. She is the perfect inaugural recipient of this exciting new fellowship opportunity that will honor our educators at Lipscomb Academy,” said Dr. Candice McQueen, Senior Vice President and Dean of the College of Education.
Ms. Bruce will begin her fellowship this summer and will use her year to conduct research and help develop criteria for next year’s fellowship award.