2019-20 CAI Sabbatical Fellowship Application

The Centre for Academic Innovation invites expressions of interest for the 2020 CAI Sabbatical Fellowship. CAI works with staff across DMU and beyond to initiate and support fellowships that facilitate the freedom of staff to explore pedagogy more critically and in a deeper way in order to develop tools in response, through the use of greater space (both literally and metaphorically). The CAI Fellowship will grant DMU staff a period of two weeks for them to engage in developing a learning and teaching project. The objectives of the scheme are as follows:

  1. Facilitate space for pedagogic champions to engage in developing teaching and learning projects that advance DMU’s teaching and learning objectives.
  2. Create the space, and supported by the required resources, for individual DMU staff to pursue pedagogic projects, activities, resource development and research that advance their interests and careers.
  3. Create a supportive community of practice that supports and nurtures pedagogic champions.

Need for “Head Space”

Based on consultations with 14 of the 16 Schools within DMU by the PVC Academic in the first half of 2019, followed by “conversations” with 30 key players (ranging from Associate Deans Academic to lecturers) across DMU by the Director of CAI in the same period, a key message reverberating through both exercises, as identified by staff, is the need to generate “head space” where they can engage in pedagogic disruption and academic innovation. This need to enhance the teaching and learning experience by generating spaces for teachers to innovate and disrupt is reflected in DMU’s Teaching and Learning strategy. The promulgation of this CAI Fellowship through the granting of a short pedagogic sabbatical is a step in this direction.


The call for CAI Fellowships will be open to all DMU teaching staff. A panel of experts to be set up by CAI will be appointed as and when to scrutinise and award the Fellowships. Appointed CAI Sabbatical Fellows will have the opportunity to pursue a project of pedagogic interest to them as well as make a presentation at the end of their Fellowship. Potential fellows will need the support of their Head of School/Department to be considered.

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