Bailey Scholars Program Graduate Fellows

March 22, 2018

The Bailey Scholars Program is offering the opportunity for graduate students (Master’s and PhD) in any discipline to apply to be a Graduate Fellow with the program to further their development in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Please see the information below for further information about the fellowship. If you have any questions, please contact the Program Director, Dr. Jennifer (Jeno) Rivera ( Though the program website is currently undergoing revisions, please feel free to check out the old site ( for more information about the program in general.

Bailey Scholars Program Graduate Fellows

The Liberty Hyde Bailey Scholars Program (BSP) is an integrated learning and leadership community at Michigan State University (MSU). It was established to foster a diverse learning community where students grow with and from one another while practicing self-directed learning. As a program we are guided by a series of program principles focused on our individual scholars, collaborative learning community, and forward-focused radical influence. You can access a listing of the program principles at this Liberty Hyde Bailey Scholars Program Principles document.

The fellowship exposes graduate students to a learning community focused on innovative teaching and learning practices. There are three primary convener roles available for fellows in the 2018-19 academic year. When you apply for the fellowship, you will indicate your interest in serving in one of these particular roles. However, because the program is community-oriented and flexible, opportunities to get involved in other types of convening have been integrated into the fellowship experience.

Teaching Convener

Graduate students spend their time paired with a seasoned BSP convener in the classroom where they learn about the pedagogy of a learning-centered organization. There are three core-courses in BSP. ANR 210 is an introductory course to the Bailey community process, ANR 310 is a continuation of scholars’ learning journey, and ANR 410 is a project-based learning experience. Teaching conveners will have the opportunity to facilitate the same core-course twice, allowing them to learn from and apply one semester’s experiences to the next. This is not a traditional Teaching Assistantship. In the Bailey classroom, you are positioned as a convenerand co-learner and not an instructor. It will challenge your notions of power, encourage you to consider ways you can design opportunities for student self-empowerment, and ask you to reframe what assessment looks like, making the experience of being a Teaching Convener truly unique.

Research Convener

Graduate students spend their time focused on research projects related to the program. These range in topic and scope, but research conveners get unique experience in designing research projects, submitting IRB applications, submitting to and attending conferences, and engaging in research project management activities.

Administrative Convener

Graduate students spend their time as a participant observer of the ‘behind-the-scenes’ processes involved in running and sustaining an MSU minor-granting program. Day-to-day responsibilities of the Administrative Convener includes management of the BSP Blog, as well as additional experiential opportunities such as shadowing BSP advisor in their daily recruitment and advising activities, collaborating with BSP student leadership, and assisting with social media strategy.

Fellows work closely with others to ensure they meet their personal goals for the experience, and they are expected to engage in the program community to ensure they fully immerse themselves in the experience. That said, we encourage you to consider the descriptions of the three types of convener roles above and select the convener type that best suits your professional development goals.

Although the program lies in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, familiarity with that subject matter is not necessary as the focus of the fellowship is on the process(es) of learning rather than content. The fellowships are offered for the academic year at $2,000 per year with the opportunity for renewal.

Application Process

To apply, please complete the online application form. The application form will ask you to share a little bit about yourself and prompt you to include a resume/CV and a learning philosophy statement. The learning philosophy is similar to a teaching philosophy but should focus on how you believe learning is best enabled. If you have any questions about the process, please contact Dr. Jeno Rivera at or 432- 0732. Applications are due by Monday, April 6th at Noon.

Interviews will be held during the afternoon of Aril 9th and 12th and the morning of April 10th. On the application, please indicate on the application form and tentatively hold the times on your calendar your first three preferences for interview dates/times. If selected for an interview, we will do our best to accommodate you into one of your preferred times.