2022 Teaching workshop for early-career faculty at small liberal arts colleges

The Nielsen Center Teaching Workshop for Early-Career Faculty creates a sustained faculty learning community over successive workshop weekends. Workshop Fellows reflect on their vocation, context, and teaching practices and develop teaching strategies that nurture transformative student learning.

Accommodations and travel is paid. Workshop Fellows receive a $500 honorarium for each of the three workshop weekends that the workshop cohort will gather:

  • January 27-30, 2022
  • May 12-15, 2022
  • October 27-30, 2022

The application deadline has already passed for the current workshop. Please sign-up to receive an email alert for the workshop starting winter 2023.

In a spirit of adventurous exploration, Workshop Fellows build their capacity to understand and articulate the goals of a liberal arts education, cultivating self-awareness, self-expression, and personal growth.

The application deadline was November 1, 2021

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Application Process

Click the “Apply” button to open a Google Form. The form will prompt you for the following information. (Information entered will be retained when you close the form.) If you have difficulty with the application process, contact nielsencenter@eckerd.edu.

  1. Basic contact information
  2. The titles of three courses that you regularly teach and the level of each
  3. The approximate number of faculty in your department (or division) and in your institution
  4. Attach a current CV (4 pages maximum). Please label this document “[lastname]-cv.pdf”.
  5. Attach a single document with responses to the following 4 writing prompts (be sure your name appears on the document and please label this document “[lastname]-text.pdf”).
    1. Describe your teaching experience, your teaching context, and your current position in your school’s faculty review process (150 words maximum).
    2. Describe the discourse about liberal arts education on your campus (150 words maximum).
    3. Describe and analyze a specific challenge you have experienced in your teaching. (150 words maximum).
    4. Considering your answers to the three previous prompts, describe how you would contribute to this faculty learning community. (250 words maximum).
  6. Attach a letter of support from your department head, division chair, dean, or a person in an analogous position (signed on institutional letterhead, and attached as a .pdf file. Please label this document “[lastname]-letter.pdf”). Please ask the letter writer to address the following points:
    1. Please describe your relationship to the candidate.
    2. Please explain where the candidate is in the faculty review process.
    3. Please describe the promise the candidate has demonstrated for teaching excellence and future leadership in campus conversations about teaching, the college’s curriculum, and liberal arts education.

Applications must be submitted by November 1, 2021.

COVID-19 Protocols

Nielsen Center workshops operate in full compliance with Eckerd College’s policies and protocols regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, which evolve as the situation develops. We will communicate with workshop participants regarding current protocols  in the weeks prior to each workshop gathering. Read the current policies.

Statement on Full Participation

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The Nielsen Center for the Liberal Arts at Eckerd College is committed to providing a hospitable environment for sustained conversation about good teaching. Our programs are most effective when a particular tone and community have been established in a workshop group.We pay particular attention to the dynamics by which a group of participants is transformed into a faculty learning community. We have developed this statement to emphasize the importance of this aspect of our programming and to solicit your commitment to these principles should you be selected for a workshop fellowship.

The sustained conversation and quality of community fostered by our workshops begins with the opening meeting, develops in day and evening sessions as well as during social occasions, and culminates in closing events on the last day. The social connections made between sessions are often as important as the structured interactions that take place during workshop sessions.

Therefore, it is important that participants attend and participate in every session from beginning to end, and make the time and emotional commitment to engage in the life of the learning community. Late arrivals and early departures, as well as the presence of friends or accompanying family, distract participants’ focus from their immersion in the workshop and compromise the process for everyone. We thus expect full participation of every workshop participant, from beginning to end of each session. We do not allow family members or friends to accompany workshop participants to campus.

That said, we recognize that there can be special circumstances that draw one’s attention and presence from the workshop community. Should  extenuating circumstances arise, please contact the Director of the Nielsen Center immediately. Should you have any special needs or require specific arrangements, please make those known to us at your earliest opportunity and we will make every effort to accommodate them. If conflicting plans or a family emergency inhibit your full participation, you may need to withdraw from the workshop. We are committed to doing whatever we can to ensure the full participation of our workshop fellows.

Impact and outcomes

  • Personal and professional enhancement and support;
  • Deeper and broader knowledge of interdisciplinary liberal arts pedagogies;
  • Sustained engagement with diverse academic and personal perspectives.

Over the course of three intensive workshop weekends together, workshop fellows will explore and connect:

  • their intentions and identity as teachers;
  • to their classroom teaching practices, course goals, and the design of students’ learning experience;
  • to the ideals and processes of a liberal arts education;
  • in their specific teaching contexts.

Read more about Nielsen Center workshops.

Application deadline

November 1, 2021

Workshop dates

  • January 27-30, 2022
  • May 12-15, 2022
  • October 27-30, 2022


Read a sample curriculum of a teaching workshop for early-career faculty.


Faculty in their first few years of teaching in full-time continuing positions at any small liberal arts college in the United States, in any academic field.


Workshop-Fellows will receive room, board and travel expenses as well as an honorarium of $1,500.

Teaching grant

Workshop-Fellows will be eligible for a small grant to support liberal arts teaching innovation in their local contexts.

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Leadership team


  • January 27 – 30, 2022
  • May 12 – 15, 2022
  • October 27- 30, 2022

Arrive by 2:00 p.m. on Thursday and depart on Sunday after lunch.

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Thomas Pearson
Director, Nielsen Center for the Liberal Arts