Fellowship in University Innovation
Arizona State University Office of University Initiatives - Tempe, AZ

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Purpose: The Fellowship in University Innovation at Arizona State University (ASU) is designed to engage early career policy-makers, analysts, researchers, communicators, writers, designers and leaders in big ideas and real program building processes that can transform higher education institutions. Fellows will develop skills essential to building and communicating programs linked to institutional and societal change, and will be given a unique opportunity to reimagine existing institutions. Fellows will form an interdisciplinary team that utilizes a diversity of experiences to contribute to high-level projects, learn from university leaders and support institutional innovation.

Overview: During the program, fellows will work collaboratively and individually on innovative efforts throughout Arizona State University. Examples of projects that fellows might conduct include: developing a university-wide innovation campaign; working with organizations outside the university to build strategic partnerships; creating a publication that communicates examples of institutional innovation at ASU; advancing education entrepreneurship; developing national service programs; developing grant proposals; and working collaboratively to develop new tools for university impact. Fellows play a central role in promoting university innovation, often through contributing a diversity of perspectives to decision-making.

The fellows are part of ASU's Office of University Initiatives (UI) and work directly with the leader of that office. They spend time gaining a better understanding of university administration, institutional transformation, the role of higher education institutions and the development of meaningful university-wide programs. In addition, the fellows meet with ASU students, faculty, staff and community members to learn more about university and community needs and opportunities. The fellows will have the opportunity to make connections within and outside of ASU, between people, projects and resources. Fellows have specific projects and responsibilities but will also contribute to the efforts of UI.

Background: Arizona State University has put forth a vision to become a New American University, focused on excellence, access and impact in everything it does; measured by who it includes, not by who it excludes; conducting research for the public good; and taking responsibility for the social, economic and cultural vitality of the surrounding communities. Read more at http://newamericanuniversity.asu.edu . Given ASU's size (more than 70,000 students and 13,000 faculty and staff), projects developed by the fellows have the potential to be brought to scale through collaborative efforts both internal and external to the university.

Appointments: The fellowship appointment is for a 12-month period, beginning in early July 2013 and is based at ASU's Tempe campus. The fellowship is full-time (40+ hours per week) with a salary of $50,000-$65,000. Additional benefits include health insurance, vacation and sick leave, paid holidays and reduced tuition.

Eligibility and Qualifications: Applications for the fellowship are invited from those who are completing their graduate programs in spring 2013 or have completed their graduate studies within the last 5 years.

Successful candidates will exhibit the following qualities:
  • Ability to connect people, groups and organizations
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-motivation, teamwork-orientation and entrepreneurial spirit
  • Creative problem-solving skills, learning agility and ability to adapt to change
  • Experience in making adjustments to project strategy and implementation
  • Superior academic achievement
Applicants must be either a citizen of the United States or be able to maintain work authorization throughout the fellowship. Arizona State University does not offer visa sponsorship to candidates for the fellowship program.