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Course Hero and Woodrow Wilson Foundation Announce First Class of Excellence in Teaching Fellows

In partnership with the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Course Hero is awarding $40,000 grants to 5 professors throughout the country.

Course Hero is proud to announce the inaugural class of Excellence in Teaching Fellows. The one-year, one-time grants—created and administered in partnership with The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation—will be awarded to 5 tenure-track educators in higher-learning institutions. Each fellow will receive a $40,000 “genius-style” grant to engage a student assistant and cover travel and research.

“We are so excited to have these fellows join our community,” says Andrew Nesbit, VP of Marketing and Partnerships at Course Hero. “They are amazing examples of educators who have succeeded in the classroom, are leaders within their respective fields, and have had a very positive impact in their university, specifically with their students.”

Join Course Hero in congratulating the first class of Excellence in Teaching Fellows:

  • Max Berkelhammer, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), researches the natural and anthropogenic processes that influence the atmospheric branch of the water cycle.
  • Adam Bjorndahl, assistant professor of philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University, conducts work on epistemic modal logics and their applications in game theory and decision theory.
  • Jazmin Brown-Iannuzzi, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Kentucky, conducts research that seeks to understand why disparities (racial and economic) may persist, and in some cases grow.
  • Lauren D’Innocenzo, assistant professor of organizational behavior in the Department of Management at the LeBow College of Business at Drexel University, examines team effectiveness by exploring emergent dynamics, shared leadership, cross-level influences, and temporal factors.
  • Ellen Matson, assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Rochester, conducts research with a synthetic inorganic chemistry perspective to address current global issues related to energy storage and production.

The fellowship program, announced in March of this year, was established to highlight and reward educators for their innovative research and excellence in teaching. Fellows were selected from a pool of more than 200 applicants from 92 private and public universities in 47 states.

Applicants represented a diverse and fairly evenly distributed range of disciplines: life sciences (25% of all applicants), humanities (23%), social sciences (22%), physical sciences (21%), and business (9%). Sixty-five percent of all applicants were female, outnumbering male applicants (34%) almost two to one. (One percent identified as neither male nor female.)

The panel tasked with selecting the first class of fellows is comprised of expert educators from a range of different disciplines. They include John Branch, clinical assistant professor of business administration at the University of Michigan; James Johnson, professor of political science at the University of Rochester; Willie Rockward, chair and associate professor of physics at Morehouse College; Amy Dru Stanley, associate professor of history at the University of Chicago; and Emily Wiley, professor of biology at Claremont McKenna College.

Since 1945, The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has awarded more than 22,000 grants to teachers, artists, businesspeople, and other influential thought leaders. Course Hero and its community of 20 million students and educators are thrilled to partner with them for the first time in order to highlight professors with a demonstrated dedication to excellence in teaching.

“We were thrilled with the amount of momentum surrounding this initial program and class,” Nesbit says. “Hopefully this is the start of a long-term relationship, and this community continues to grow over time.”

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