CREATE Fellows

CREATE Fellows

What is CREATE?

CEE’s mission is to promote and support effective learning for all UC Davis students. In fulfillment of its mission, CEE is offering the Course REdesign And Teaching Effectiveness (CREATE) Fellows Program, a year-long program designed to support faculty engagement in course (re)design/innovation and promote learner-centered, evidence-based teaching practices that foster success for all students on the UC Davis campus. 

Who can apply?

The CREATE Fellows program is open to all Academic Senate faculty members and instructors.

  • Applications open: October 1, 2018
  • Applications close: November 7, 2018 (Deadline extended)

Application Information

CREATE Applications for the 2018-2019 cohort open Monday, October 1, 2018.  Applications will close on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 5 pm. Please follow the CREATE application guidelines.

Please note: Applicants will need a Letter of Support from their Department Chair and a Letter of Approval from their Management Services Officer (MSO) or financial officer.  A template for the Chair's Letter of Support can be found here: Chair’s Letter of Support Template, and a template for the Management Services Officer’s Letter of Approval can be found here: MSO’s Letter of Approval Template.

What does a CREATE Fellow do?

  • Redesign your course and receive individualized feedback from CEE consultants
  • Collaborate with colleagues in a seven-part workshop series (workshops held during Winter & Spring 2019)
  • Teach the redesigned course in Fall 2019
  • Share your project with the campus community

What are the benefits of being a CREATE Fellow?

  • Intensive professional development in learner-centered pedagogies, instructional strategies, and reflective practice
  • Individualized support from CEE consultants 
  • Funding to support each Fellow’s course and teaching effectiveness redesign

2018-2019 CREATE Fellows Timeline

Fall 2018                Application period
Winter 2019           CREATE workshops
Spring 2019           CREATE workshops
Summer 2019        Course (re)design period
Fall 2019                Implementation of (re)designed course

What kinds of proposals are eligible for CREATE?

The CREATE program seeks to fund proposals that:

  • Develop or enhance teaching practices in large-enrollment courses for improved learning and increased student engagement;
  • Develop or enhance a course and teaching practice to engage students in significant learning emphasizing higher-level cognitive processes (e.g., critical thinking, problem solving, analysis, metacognition);
  • Redevelop and enhance active learning course components to increase student engagement (e.g., collaborative learning, project-based learning or team instructional strategies);
  • Develop or enhance alignment between desired outcomes, activities, and assessments, including activities that actively engage students and scaffold the learning process;
  • Develop or enhance learning experiences for diverse student populations (e.g. international, first-generation, underprepared, transfer, students with disabilities, language learners and others.)

What activities should I expect to participate in?

CREATE Fellows will be expected to:

  • Commit to spending approximately 3-5 hours per week on the program over 4 quarters (~ 120 - 200 hours over the course of the year-long program) 
  • Participate in a seven-part workshop series engaging fellows with foundational concepts related to learner-centered teaching 
  • Collaborate with CEE consultants throughout the term of the program 
  • Participate in a Mid-Quarter Inquiry (MQI) during the Fall 2019 term
  • Video record a class session during the first offering of the redesigned course 
  • Submit all program deliverables by their due dates 
  • Share their projects with the campus community in a CREATE Fellows showcase or similar event (e.g., SoTL Conference
  • Teach the redesigned course in Fall 2019

Where can I get more information? 

For more information please contact Patricia Turner, Education Specialist


2017-2018 CREATE Fellows

Colleen Bronner (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Natalia Caporale (Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior)
Agustina Carando (Spanish and Portuguese)
Laci Gerhart-Barley (Evolution and Ecology)
Jason White (Chemical Engineering)