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We anticipate awarding three or four TIER Faculty Fellowships for the 2017-18 academic year.  This will be the third year of an annual program in which Fellows collaborate with us to develop tools and curriculum for teaching transparent and reproducible methods of quantitative research.

The period of the Fellowships will be from June 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.  Each Fellow will receive a stipend of $5,000.

The target date for applications is May 15, 2017.  Early inquiries and expressions of interest are encouraged.  Please contact us at info@projecttier.org.

Project TIER is committed to diversity and inclusion.  We encourage members of underrepresented groups and individuals who have faced bias or discrimination to apply for these Fellowships.

About the Fellowships

Fellows are typically faculty members in any of the social sciences who teach research-oriented classes on statistical methods and/or supervise undergraduate or graduate students conducting quantitative research.  We also welcome applications from faculty members in other fields (e.g., statistics, mathematics, information sciences) whose teaching and research are relevant to the social sciences.  Individuals with non-faculty appointments (e.g., in libraries or research institutes) whose work is aligned with the goals of Project TIER are also welcome to apply.

Although the official term of the Fellowships is thirteen months, candidates who demonstrate a commitment to remaining involved in Project TIER beyond that period will be especially attractive.  We hope that the focus on transparency and reproducibility that Fellows adopt during the Fellowship year will become a lasting feature of their teaching and research advising.  We also hope that alumnae of the Fellowship will continue to work with us on outreach and resource development.  Our long-run goal is to foster a network of educators working collaboratively to promote training in transparent quantitative research, and we anticipate that TIER Fellows will form the core of this community.

Fellows have responsibilities in three areas: 

  • Incorporating transparency and reproducibility in their own teaching and/or research advising.
  • Engaging in the development and/or dissemination of methods for conducting or teaching transparent research.
  • Attending two conferences for TIER Fellows, in June 2017 and June 2018.

Teaching and Research Advising

Fellows are expected to introduce their students to principles and practices of research transparency in their own teaching and/or research advising.  This can take place in classes on quantitative methods, topics courses that involve statistical exercises or projects, or in the supervision of undergraduate or master’s theses, second-year projects in graduate programs, or doctoral dissertations.  In some cases, the training in research transparency that Fellows provide their students is based on methods already being promoted by Project TIER; in others, Fellows introduce new approaches that expand the scope of Project TIER.

Communication between Fellows and the TIER directors about the classes or advising roles in which the Fellows address transparency is essential.  From time to time throughout the year, we ask Fellows to provide us with information on these activities, and to send us course documents (e.g., syllabi, exercises, project instructions, or links to on-line resources created for courses) that reflect the ways in which they have introduced their students to research transparency.  We also request that Fellows send us copies of exemplary student work (subject to the consent of the students who produced the work).

It is also important that Fellows evaluate in some systematic way the effectiveness or impact of the transparency-related components of their teaching and/or advising.  In many cases, this simply entails adding several questions to a standard course evaluation form, but we also welcome more innovative approaches to assessing the pedagogical value of teaching principles and practices of research transparency.  Whatever forms of evaluation Fellows undertake, we ask them to share the findings with us, comment on the feedback received from students, and discuss any lessons they can draw from the experience.

Curriculum Development and Outreach

The Fellowship application also asks candidates to propose one or more curriculum development and/or outreach activities that they would undertake beyond their own classrooms to promote research transparency.  These activities may be of many different forms, and may be carried out either independently or in collaboration with other Fellows and associates of Project TIER.  To illustrate the kinds of activities we envisage, we have prepared a separate statement  that outlines several areas of work that are current priorities of Project TIER and in which contributions and leadership from Fellows could be particularly valuable.  We also welcome proposals for activities in areas other than those we have identified, particularly if they reflect the particular interests and expertise of an applicant.

We encourage potential applicants to get in touch with us as early as possible to let us know about their preliminary ideas for the curriculum development and outreach activities they are interested pursuing as TIER Fellows.  We would be happy to communicate with you before you submit your application to discuss the nature and scope of the work you might propose, and to help you develop an agenda that would be engaging and rewarding for you and effective in promoting the goals of Project TIER.

Fellows Conferences

A two-day conference for TIER Fellows is held in June of every year on the Haverford College campus.  These events are an opportunity for Fellows completing their terms to reflect with one another and with the incoming cohort on their experiences of the past year, and for the new Fellows to discuss their plans for the upcoming year.  Past Fellows Conferences have been collegial and engaging, and interactions among Fellows have led to productive collaborations.

For the 2017-18 Fellows, the first of these conferences will take place on June 19-20, 2017.  The second will be scheduled for some time in June 2018.  Project TIER covers all travel and accommodation expenses for Fellows attending the conferences.

Stipends

Each TIER Faculty Fellow will receive a stipend of $5,000, half of which will be paid after the June 2017 Fellows Conference and half of which will be paid after the June 2018 Fellows Conference.

To Apply

The Fellowship application is available online

The target date for applications is May 15, 2017.   We will continue reviewing applications until all the Fellowships have been awarded, but applications submitted after that date may not receive full consideration.  Candidates who apply by May 15 will be notified of their status by May 20.

To make an inquiry or express your interest in the Fellowships, please e-mail info@projecttier.org