About ICC

James K. Polk Faculty Fellows Program

The goal of the Faculty Fellowship Program is to further diversify Illinois Community College’s faculty workforce and to promote community college career opportunities as desirable options for members of minority teaching groups.

The Faculty Fellows Program is designed to recruit, retain, and promote outstanding scholars from different backgrounds, including individuals from groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education.

The Faculty Fellowship Program will provide qualified applicants with an opportunity to teach in their certified discipline while taking on various projects that will develop minority talent for future positions within higher education.

Fellow Qualifications

Fellows must have successfully completed a master’s degree or doctorate from an accredited university in a discipline or related area that corresponds with academic departments at ICC.

Goals and Benefits of the Program

The goals of the Faculty Fellowship Program are to:

  • Diversify the pool of qualified minority faculty
  • Create and facilitate diversified career paths for minorities within and outside of ICC
  • Promote ICC as an accessible and desirable environment within which members of minority groups can establish and maintain careers
  • Provide diverse role models for the benefit of ICC students
  • Enhance the ethnic, racial and intellectual diversity that the college seeks to promote

The benefits of the Faculty Fellowship Program include:

  • Exposure to curriculum that includes best practices in teaching and learning face-to-face, hybrid and online
  • Opportunities for job-shadowing and co-teaching
  • Participation in the ICC Faculty Mentoring Program
  • Participation in professional development opportunities within the ICC community and Peoria community that occur during the fellow’s assignment.

Expectation of Fellows

Faculty Fellows are non-tenure track faculty who will be assigned an instructional workload up to 12 contact hours per semester. No previous teaching experience is required. Fellows will also be given release time from their home departments to serve on .25% – .50% FTE fellowship appointments for up to two years as assigned by the Vice President of Diversity. Work assignments will be significant and meaningful to the College’s operation.  Many will be project-based, requiring the Fellow to learn about and conduct a string of related initiatives to achieve successful completion. Fellows will also participate regularly in senior-leadership team meetings and be asked to contribute as members of those teams. In addition, Fellows will need to stay current in their disciplines.

Application Process

  1. Applicants must submit an application at icc.edu/jobs and  the following should be included:
    • Cover Letter
    • CV/Resume
    • Copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts from accredited institution
  2. Official transcripts are required upon hire and employment is contingent upon a criminal background check.
  3. Employment Sponsorship is not available.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop substantive relationships between Fellows and College faculty members chosen as mentors.
  2. Determine what students have learned as a result of the teaching process through the deliberate, systematic, and reflective use of assessment techniques and research methods.
  3. Discuss ways that a teacher might leverage the diversity of the students to enhance the learning of all.
  4. Develop an understanding of the complementary and supportive relationships between academic affairs and student services.
  5. Describe and recognize the value of academic student supports commonly found within higher education institutions.
  6. Develop an understanding of the various systems within higher education, including Academic Affairs, Student Services, Institutional Research, Accreditation, Human Resources, Diversity, Marketing/Public Relations, IT, Finance, Educational Foundation, and Public Safety.

These learning outcomes can be achieved through a variety of means, including:

  • Regular meetings with mentors, college staff members, and supervising personnel
  • Professional development opportunities, both on and off campus (i.e. teaching squares, diamond dialogues)
  • Independent research
  • Project-based learning within academic departments or student services
  • Scholarly presentations, both on and off campus
  • Participation in college and community service
  • Participation in department and college-wide meetings
  • Immersion within a teaching-learning environment