Student Life Fellowship Project

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The fellowship program, supported by the Dean of Students Office, is a leadership pipeline program that will provide experiential opportunities for mid- and entry-level full-time, salaried exempt staff within the Division of Student Life at Boston University. Fellows will collaborate extensively with a senior leader in DOS to launch a program/initiative that enriches the division and enhances our impact on students.

Outcomes

  • Increase professional capacity for working in other areas of student affairs.
  • Deeply engage in the incubation, pilot and assessment of an initiative that benefits the division as a whole.
  • Identify transferrable skills that are key to future professional advancement. 

Key Components

  • The fellowship is an unpaid, stretch position that is roughly 5-10 hours per week. Fellows are expected to maintain their full-time workload throughout the experience.
  • Access to funding to catalyze initiatives an attend specialized professional development opportunities, as appropriate.
  • DOS Deans will serve as mentors/touchpoints for the Fellows during the experience.
  • Fellows may attend senior-level meetings to enhance their experience
  • Personalized outcomes will be developed and Fellows will receive a customized performance evaluation at the conclusion.
  • At conclusion of the program, Fellows may be engaged in developing professional development opportunities for colleagues throughout the division.

Eligibility

  • Must be a member of the Office of the Dean of Students & Division of Student Life staff
  • Mid- and entry-level full-time, salaried exempt employees who have served the university for at least 12 months.
  • Employee must have achieved at least a ‘successful’ rating on their most recent performance appraisal and have no significant disciplinary history.
  • Current supervisor/department head endorsement is required.

Selection Process

  • Applicants will complete an online application process (found below.)
  • Fellowship proposals are accepted on a rolling basis, and not all proposals can be selected.

Fellowship Application

The fellowship program, supported by the Dean of Students Office, is a leadership pipeline program that will provide experiential opportunities for mid- and entry-level full-time, salaried exempt staff within the Division of Student Life at Boston University. Fellows will collaborate extensively with a senior leader in DOS to launch a program/initiative that enriches the division and enhances our impact on students.
  • We encourage you to review these questions prior to starting the application and drafting your answers in a separate document. Unfortunately, due to the current capabilities of this system, applications can not be saved and returned to.

    If you run into any difficulty with the technical aspects of this form, please contact Kat Cornetta at katcorn@bu.edu

  • Be sure to include professional learning outcomes you hope to personally achieve by participating in this program and how you will balance this new opportunity within your current position expectations. Please also comment on how this proposal can enhance your work within your current unit and how it supports current divisional and university priorities
  • Be sure to include details of the initiative/project/program at the focus of your Fellowship, how this project enriches the student experience and adds value to the Dean of Students portfolio, learning outcomes for students/metrics, your plan for assessing success and impact, and resources that you anticipate needing to successfully complete this Fellowship.
  • (Fellowships are not intended to extend beyond a 6-month period, but may do so at the discretion of the leadership team.)
  • Dean preference is not guaranteed.
  • I acknowledge that upon submission of this form a member of the DOS leadership team may make contact with my supervisor and/or department head to discuss the proposal and my eligibility for a Fellowship. If I am selected, this proposal may be modified or altered at the discretion of the Dean of Students Office. Please type your name in this box to serve as your electronic signature.