Digital Innovation Fellow

Sinclair Faculty Fellows Program
Created by faculty for faculty through the Sinclair Foundation


Call for Applications – Digital Innovation Fellow

APPLICATIONS DUE: SEPTEMBER 16, 2022, by 5:00 p.m.



Applicants will transform a course or learning opportunity within their department during AY 2022-2023 using one or more new digital innovations into course materials, the practice of teaching, or within the context of their department or program AND the processes necessary to train others on the innovation.

The Digital Innovation Fellow will work to support the development, diffusion, and scaling of an individual or set of digitally innovative tools, products, or processes to Sinclair faculty. She/he/they will receive a $5,000 stipend to work with the CTL, the Innovation Lab, eLearning, and other partners (e.g., IT) to design, disseminate, assess, and refine their approach while also creating a practical ‘train the trainer’ module for others to inspire their own contexts.

Ideas for digital transformation and digital innovation in teaching, learning, and course design:

  • Replace cost-based course materials with instructor-curated low or no cost materials as Open Education Resources (OER) and disseminate to other departments/programs at Sinclair and into an open-source repository.
  • Transform an existing technology-based content or assessment iteration into one using a new product, service, or platform within a course.
  • Research, obtain, onboard, and train department/program faculty in a new technology that enhances teaching and learning for department and/or program students.
  • Obtain a prominent industry certification and execute its core tenets into a course revision
  • Re-design a course or set of courses to include one digitally-transformative objective per unit/module requiring students to complete the course through increased digital means.
  • Create a system of robust data gathering and analysis within a course and create documented shifts to the course’s content, assessments, or the like based in digitally-transformative principles.
  • Work with other departments, programs, and or agents to create a digital transformation ‘playbook’ suitable for publication within Sinclair and the greater field.
  • Conduct a scholarly research study suitable for publication on a digitally transformative topic.


Sinclair full-time faculty of any rank, discipline, and teaching experience who are teaching the targeted course in AY 2022-2023 can apply.


Submit your application as a pdf file uploaded at Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on September 16, 2022.

APPLICATIONS: Include the following sections (with a maximum of 5 pages)

  1. What does digital transformation or innovation mean to you in your teaching context?
  2. What motivates you to undertake this fellowship?
  3. Briefly describe the target course, project, or other undertaking you wish to pursue in this fellowship and how it fits into a program or curriculum.
  4. What theoretical lenses would you like to explore with respect to digital innovation and transformation? Or, as technology theory is often dated quickly, what frameworks for diffusion of technology would you employ in this process? What kinds of barriers or enablers might you envision as influencing the project?
  5. Describe your goals for outcomes based on the project you wish to undertake. Who and how many are most affected? What outcomes are the most important of those you identify, and why?
  6. What are your expectations for this program? Specifically, what do you intend to gain from the project you are proposing?


The Digital Transformation Fellow will commit to:

  • Attend monthly CTL Advisory Committee meetings (October 2022-May 2023)
  • Present your research and ideas to Sinclair colleagues once each fall and spring term
  • Share the theories, frameworks, and pedagogies that inform your work
  • Collaborate with CTL, eLearning, and Innovation Lab colleagues to ensure DEI in teaching, learning, and course design
  • Produce and share teaching materials generated (e.g., syllabus, assignments, projects, classroom activities, grading criteria and/or rubrics)
  • Collect data on student outcomes (with assistance from RAR, eLearning, and the CTL)
  • Serve as facilitator at FFPDD 2023
  • Mentor future Faculty Fellows