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ACCELERATE is an intensive fellowship designed to support the creation of inclusive and equitable e-learning environments and guide the transformation of face-to-face courses into online/hybrid courses.
ACCELERATE is meant to inform course transformation efforts for faculty at various stages of the process, including those who are still exploring opportunities to those who are already in the process of redesign and would like more information on inclusive practices. 

Due to guidelines from campus leadership and the opportunity to demonstrate best practices in remote teaching, we will be holding ACCELERATE programming in Summer of 2020 in a blend of synchronous and asynchronous modes. There are 10 seats open in this fellowship per offering

Who can apply?

The ACCELERATE Fellows program is open to all full-time Academic Senate faculty and Unit 18 instructors with active 2020-2021 appointments. ACCELERATE Fellowships will be granted based on the merits of the applications and how they conform to program goals. 

Academic Senate applicants: Senate members will receive funds as a transfer to their Academic Enrichment Fund upon completion of the program requirements. Please note that applicants who are assigned fall 2020 instruction may be prioritized over those individuals who are not. 

Unit 18 applicants: An active appointment in Summer 2020, or a prospective appointment for Fall 2020 (or the 20-21 academic year), is necessary for participation for Pre-6 Unit 18 applicants. Pre-6 Unit 18 applicants should submit a pdf of an Appointment Letter with their application. Continuing Unit 18 applicants do not need to provide a letter of appointment. Please note that applicants who are assigned fall 2020 instruction may be prioritized over those individuals who are not. 

All Unit 18 applicants will need Department Chair approval to participate. A template for the Chair's Letter of Support can be found here).

Unit 18 Lecturers who successfully complete the ACCELERATE Fellows Program will be provided access to a $500 fund that will be available to pay for approved expenses related to the Lecturer's transformation of their course to the online model, such as online/hybrid instructional materials, technology related materials, or tools that will directly support course redesign and transformation. This $500 fund is not compensation to the Lecturer, and will only be used to reimburse for expenses approved in advance by CEE. All materials procured through this program are the property of the University of California, Davis and are to be used for official University business.

Unit 18 lecturers need to submit a budget upon completion of the program. The budget needs to include a clear rationale for how expenses apply to classes applicants are teaching (currently or prospectively). A budget template will be provided for Unit 18 participants to complete.

2020 Summer ACCELERATE Program Dates:       

  • June 15-18: Full 
  • June 29-July 2
  • July 13-16
  • Aug 24-27
  • Sept 14-17

 Most of the workshops and activities will be self-paced and carried out on Canvas, with a few live, Zoom meetings. Participants will apply their learning throughout the 4-day program. Participants can expect to voluntarily commit about 20 hours of work over the 4 days of ACCELERATE.


Benefits to ACCELERATE Fellows

  • Participants will receive intensive, hands-on professional development in equitable and inclusive digital pedagogies and instructional strategies over the 4 days of programming. This includes tools to scale course development for equity and efficiency.
  • $500 in start-up funding to put toward course transformation explorations and efforts. The funds must be spent on instructional materials (books) and technological acquisition (software, production) related to online/hybrid that will directly support course redesign and transformation.
  • Opportunities to collaborate with colleagues who are committed to equity and inclusion.
  • Individualized support from CEE.

Participants will leave with:

  • a revised online/hybrid syllabus 

  • a redesigned online/hybrid module plan 

  • activities that support equity and inclusion 

  • access to Linder's (2017) Blended Course Redesign Workbook


  • Winter 2020 Cohort
  • Shelley Blozis
    Matthew Butner
    Julia Chamberlain
    Sarah Faye
    Beth Ferguson
    Paul Gepts
    Gerardo McKenzie
    William Sewell
    Narine Yegiyan
    John Yoder
  • Fall 2019 Cohort
  • Eleftheria Arapoglou, AMS
    Eugenia Da Silva Fernandes, POR
    Juliana Leite Nobrega De Moura Bell, FST
    Catherine Hatzakos, UWP
    Hooman Rashtian, EEC
    Priscilla San Souci, PSC
    Stavros Vougioukas, EBS
    Claire Waters, ENL
  • Summer 2019 Cohort
  • Michelle Barbato, ECI
    Gina Dokko, GSM
    Heiner Leith, PLS
    Claudia Sanchez-Gutierrez, SPA
    Katerina Ziotopoulou, CEE
  • Spring 2019 Cohort
  • Po-Yen Chou, VSR
    Zoe Drayson, PHI
    Debbie Fetter, NUT
    Tessa Hill, PLS
    Sascha Nicklisch, ETX
    Philipp Zerbe, PBI