DFI Fellows Program

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DFI Fellows Program

The DFI Fellows Program is a cohort-based opportunity for TC faculty who are interested in exploring the process of designing and implementing innovative learning experiences connected to their teaching efforts in and out of the classroom and receiving specialized support in pursuit of that goal. 

Please be advised that the program is not designed to simply support execution of pre-determined project plans. If you already have a well-developed idea for a project and are primarily seeking implementation support, we encourage you to submit a support ticket to discuss how we can assist you.

Program Overview

The program has been envisioned as a co-design incubator to inspire deep engagement with learning design and technology. The fellows are strongly encouraged to explore a wide variety of learning experiences in different mediums, contexts, and modalities. Such experiences might include, but are not limited to an online course, a learning activity in the classroom utilizing emerging learning technology, an immersive instructional video, an interactive exhibit.

Fellows will receive:

  • Opportunities to deepen and expand pedagogical repertoires through play and experimentation with technologies, media, and design and to connect with like-minded interdisciplinary fellows to exchange ideas and learn from each other
  • Consultation and support from DFI experts in instructional design, media production, learning experience design, educational technology, and learning space
  • Priority access to DFI workshops and events including Immersive Experience Club, Tech Playground, AI, Media Production workshops to learn and explore
  • Reimbursement for excursion-related expenses including transportation, admission, etc.; software license/subscription used as part of the program
  • $4,000 stipend upon completion of the program

The fellows commit to attending all 6 mandatory in-person meetings throughout the entire program. The meeting time will be determined based on the entire cohort’s mutual availability and no remote participation will be accommodated since our cohort-based incubator model relies on in-person engagement to be successful.

This program will also require that the fellows share their experiences with the broader TC community and contribute to the ongoing learning innovation conversations at DFI. This may entail sharing their project at a DFI innovation showcase, preparing a video about their experience, or sharing the project deliverable and design experience at another venue with the TC community. Fellows will also have the opportunity to contribute to ongoing research related to learning experience design. 

During the course of the program from November 2023 to May 2024, the Fellows will attend six meetings, a few of which may take place off campus, on a monthly basis. During these meetings, the Fellows will engage with various creative thinking techniques, learning experience design frameworks, emerging technology such as Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence, digital artifacts, and exhibits through hands-on group activities and discussions.

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All full-time faculty members (including tenure-track professors and professors of practice) as well as full-time lecturers are eligible to apply to the program. Up to five fellows will be selected for this year's cohort. 

The ideal fellows are curious, open-minded, forward-thinking, and collaborative TC faculty members who are comfortable in a loosely-structured and experimental environment. They are eager to explore and tinker with new possibilities, and keen to collaborate with peers to co-create innovations that push boundaries. No concrete projects and ideas would be required to apply for the program. 

How to Apply:

Please fill out this application by 11:59 PM, October 20, 2023. In the application, you will be asked to give DFI permission to contact your department chair and if selected, you need to write a courtesy email to your chair.

Final results will be announced on October 30, 2023.

Faculty Fellows


Amanda Fellner

Lecturer, Early Childhood Education Program & the Rita Gold Center

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Davinia Greogory

Assistant Professor, Arts Administration Program

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Limarys Caraballo

Associate Professor of English Education

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Mario Khreiche

Lecturer - Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design

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Matthew Henley

Associate Professor of Dance Education

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Sara Hardman

Lecturer - Philosophy



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Adele Bruni Ashley

Lecturer, Department of Arts & Humanities

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Kelly DeLuca

Lecturer, Department of Arts & Humanities

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Mary Mendenhall

Associate Professor of International and Comparative Education

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Aparicio Morales Tania

Lecturer, Department of Arts & Humanities

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Tran Templeton

Assistant Professor
Department of Curriculum & Teaching


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Felicia Mensah

Professor of Science and Education

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Irina Lyublinskaya

Professor of Mathematics and Education

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Jacqueline Simmons

Senior Lecturer

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Jennifer Lena

Associate Professor of Arts Administration

Patricia Martinez Alvarez

Patricia Martínez Álvarez

Associate Professor of Bilingual/Bicultural Education

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Sarah Brazaitis

Associate Professor of Practice

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