Early Career Teaching Academy

Most new faculty at large public universities enter the professoriate with training and support to conduct research, but few enter with equivalent preparation and support to launch a successful teaching career. The Early Career Teaching Academy (ECTA) provides the setting within which faculty members can develop themselves into powerful teachers who are rooted in a commitment to student learning and success through evidence-based and DEI-informed teaching strategies and in the development of a reflective and distinctive teaching practice. Faculty who thrive as Early Career Teaching Academy Fellows are in a position

  • to play a leading role in efforts to develop a community of evidence-based teaching practitioners within departments and schools at IU Indianapolis,
  • to develop, articulate and promote teaching successes, and
  • to serve as teaching mentors for colleagues.

The academy will begin online (asynchronously) on Monday February 5, 2024, followed by three intensive full-day meetings (in-person) on February 16, 23, and March 1 (Fridays, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), followed by two additional in-person meetings (in-person) on March 22 and October 11 (Fridays, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.). Lunch will be provided for the first three intensive days. Most of the work will be completed during ECTA sessions; fellows should, however, expect to spend up to two hours in preparation for each session, and up to one hour of post-session work after each session.

ECTA sessions engage participants in a conversation about developing and assessing effective teaching and learning strategies for IU Indianapolis’s diverse student body, situated among participants’ own emerging teaching philosophies and amid the goals of their departments and schools. ECTA fellows will identify a student learning activity or teaching practice that they will change (an "intervention") to improve student learning, and then measure the resulting learning outcomes of students. Fellows will sketch a broad outline of their ideal teaching careers. They will represent their teaching work and teaching goals in a teaching ePortfolio.

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Who Should Apply, and How to Apply

The Academy invites applications from full-time faculty members in their first, second, or third year of a full-time appointment at IU Indianapolis, IU Columbus, or IU Fort Wayne. Eligible faculty members may apply for admission into the Early Career Teaching Academy by submitting an online application at As part of the application, faculty members will provide their chair’s or supervisor’s email address so that the Center for Teaching and learning can ask for an endorsement of the faculty applicant, one that emphasizes why the faculty member is a good fit for the Early Career Teaching Academy. Applications are due by Wednesday, January 24, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

Program Expectations

  • An endorsement from a chair or supervisor, and
  • Applicants accepted to the program must commit to attending all five scheduled meetings. We realize that you may encounter unanticipated obligations or need personal time to observe a religious holiday during these meeting times. In such cases, please contact the program chairs at the earliest to arrange alternative options to complete meeting tasks.