University Innovation Fellowship

The University Innovation Fellowship at ASU is designed to engage early- and mid-career policy-makers, analysts, researchers, communicators, writers, designers and leaders in big ideas and real program building processes that can transform higher education institutions.

At UI, we believe the most exciting ideas are generated through collaboration, and that true innovation is best sharpened against the creativity of others. This is why our office is comprised of an interdisciplinary group of academics, professionals and students. Fellows play an important role in infusing new ideas, new talent and new passions into our office culture that enhance our ability to be more creative and better respond to the needs of our university.

The Fellowship in University Innovation at Arizona State University

What fellows do

Become a fellow

Alumni

Why ASU?

Learn from former University Innovation Fellow Tamara Webb why ASU senior leaders were attracted to the insitution's mission and culture

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What fellows do

Over 13 months, fellows develop a diverse project portfolio, collaborative philosophy and comprehensive skill set essential to building and communicating programs linked to institutional and societal change.

Advance bold ideas

Advance bold projects

Fellows design, build and launch new initiatives at one of the the largest comprehensive public research universities in the U.S., ranked No. 1 in innovation by U.S. News & World Report

Collaborate across disciplines

Collaborate across disciplines

Fellows form an interdisciplinary team that contributes to high-level projects, engages with university leaders and supports institutional innovation

Connect with a network

Connect with a powerful network

Fellows collaborate with influential changemakers in higher education and the community, including a growing base of University Innovation Fellow alumni

Transform ideas into action

Transform ideas into action

Fellows establish and advance relationships with potential funders to create actionable, successful initiatives that serve as demonstration projects for the New American University model

Influence through research

Influence decisions through calculated research

Fellows enhance their writing skills through the development of research and industry-backed proposals and grant applications

Discover career pathways

Discover high impact career pathways

Fellows are supported personally and professionally as they launch careers based on transformative thinking about higher education systems and projects


Nikki Gusz

“The University Innovation Fellowship provides an ecosystem where you can consider the biggest challenges in education - and actually do something about them! When you're at a dynamic place like ASU, you develop the ability to take risks and make a difference. You learn how to change the world around you.”

- Nikki Gusz, University Innovation Fellow 2011-12

Become a fellow

Where You’ll Work

The fellows work in a very distinct intrapreneurial office culture. 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 needs and opportunities within the university and community. View our PDF iconUI 101 Handbook for an introduction to our office and culture.

Benefits

The fellowship is a full-time position (40+ hours per week) with a competitive salary of $55,000-$70,000. Additional university benefits include health insurance, vacation and sick leave, paid holidays and reduced tuition. View additional benefits here.

Eligibility and qualifications

Applications for the University Innovation Fellowship are invited from those who:

  • Have completed any graduate program within the last 5 years or will be graduating Spring 2019
  • Are authorized to work in the United States (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.)
  • Are able to commit for the entire duration of the program from July 15, 2019 - August 7, 2020

Successful candidates

We seek candidates with a passion for redesigning higher education and utilize their unique talents to advance Arizona State University as a New American University. 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
  • Capacity to perform in a high-paced and sometimes ambiguous environment
  • Superior academic achievement

How to apply

Priority application timeline

All candidates who submit their applications by March 1, 2019, will be automatically considered in the priority application round. If all candidates are selected during the priority application round, there will be no general application round. We recommend that all applicants check the website for updates. In the case that this occurs, candidates will only receive notification via this website.

The priority application deadline is Friday, March 1, 2019 at 11:59pm MST

The general application deadline is Friday, May 3, 2019 at 11:59pm MST

PDF icon View application (PDF)

Instructions

Step 1

For complete instructions, please refer to the application. Applicants must create a single Adobe Acrobat (.PDF) document that includes the following components in this order:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. Three professional references
  4. Essay response
  5. Writing sample

Application materials should clearly exhibit the qualifications listed in the “Eligibility and Qualifications” section of the application PDF document.

Arizona State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. ASU conducts pre-employment screening which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses and certifications.

 

Step 2

Complete the required Fellowship in University Innovation survey. This survey is required to complete your Fellowship application. You will receive an email with the survey link upon completing Step 1.

Alumni

Throughout the year, fellows proactively participate in a myriad of projects that vary greatly in purpose and outcome. Through these varied experiences, fellows develop a diverse portfolio, a collaborative mindset and a comprehensive skill set that heightens their career opportunities. In the fashion of innovation, many fellows leverage this experience to create new positions that fill a gap at the institution. 

Alumni of the program held roles following the Fellowship such as:

  • Human Factors Specialist, IDEO, A Design and Innovation Consulting Firm
  • Director, Center for Science and the Imagination, ASU
  • Assistant Chief of Staff, ASU Foundation for a New American University
  • Entrepreneurship Catalyst, Office of University Initiatives, ASU
  • Manager, Sustainability Initiatives and Programs, Global Institute of Sustainability, ASU
  • Manager of Public Partnerships, Teach for America, Phoenix

Meet previous cohorts

Andrew Nelson

Andrew Nelson

EdD, Leadership and Innovation
MEd, Secondary Education and Teaching

Post Fellowship: Program Manager, Strategic Network Advancement,
Office of University Initiatives, ASU

Aya Waller-Bey

Aya Waller-Bey

MPhil, Education
BA, Sociology

Post Fellowship: Doctoral Student in Sociology, University of Michigan

Joanna Zimmerman

Joanna Zimmerman

EdM, Technology and Innovation in Education
BA, Social Anthropology
BA, Economics

Post Fellowship: Assistant Director, Education for Humanity, EdPlus, ASU

Tunga Lodato

Tunga Lodato

MA, Journalism
BA, Political Science

Post Fellowship: Assistant Director, Office of University Initiatives, ASU

Tamara Webb

Tamara Webb

EdD, International Education Development and Policy Studies
MPA (no concentration)
MA, Anthropology and Education
BA, Interdisciplinary Studies

Post Fellowship: Assistant Director of Global Freshman Academy, EdPlus, ASU

Lindsey Beagley

Lindsey Beagley

MPA, Nonprofit Management
BS, Psychology
BA, Spanish

Post Fellowship: Director of Social Embeddedness, Office of University Initiatives, ASU

Ted Cross

Ted Cross

Ed D, Organizational Leadership
Msed, Urban Education
MA, English
BA, English

Post Fellowship: Deputy Chief of Staff, EdPlus, ASU

Brittney Paulk

Brittney Paulk

MPA, Nonprofit Management
BS, Public Health, Health Care Administration

Post Fellowship: Fellow, University Innovation Alliance, ASU

Madison Sandy

Madison Sandy

PhD, Sociology
MA, Sociology
BA, Sociology

Post Fellowship: Postdoctoral Research Associate, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, ASU

Ray Andrada

Ray Andrada

MA, Political Science
BA, Political Science 

Post Fellowship: Special Assistant to the Senior Vice President and
Chief of Staff, Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development, ASU

Michael Meaney

Michael Meaney

MEd, Secondary Education
BS, International Politics

Post Fellowship: Project Manager, Education and Workforce
Innovation, Office of University Initiatives, ASU

Bethany Weigele

Bethany Weigele

PhD, Molecular Microbiology
BS, Chemistry

Post Fellowship: Director, Lifelong Learning Initiatives,
Office of University Initiatives, ASU

Trevor Eagle

Trevor Eagle

MS, Educational Organization and Leadership
BA, Psychology

Post Fellowship: Program Manager, Financial Aid and Scholarship Services, ASU

Jessica Eldridge

Jessica Eldridge

MEd, Education
BS, Economics and Marketing

Post Fellowship: Manager of Public Service Initiatives, College of
Public Programs and Office of University Initiatives

Terah Crews

Terah Crews

MEd, Higher Education
MA, History
BA, Psychology and History

Post Fellowship: Assistant Chief of Staff, ASU Foundation for A New American University

Melanie Reilly

Melanie Reilly

MEd, Education
BA, Literature

Post Fellowship: Fellow, Education Outreach and Student Services, ASU

Hayfa Aboukier

Hayfa Aboukier

MEd, Elementary Education
BS, Recreation, Sport and Tourism Management 

Post Fellowship: Manager, Sustainability Initiatives and Programs,
Global Institute of Sustainability, ASU

Ed Finn

Ed Finn

PhD, English and American Literature
BA, Comparitive Literature

Post Fellowship: Director, Center for Science and the Imagination, ASU

Daniil Gunitskiy

Daniil Gunitskiy

MEd, Secondary Education
BA, Political Science and History

Post Fellowship: Manager of Public Partnerships, Teach For America, Phoenix

Alicia Fremling

Alicia Fremling

MS, Education
BA, Political Science and Spanish

Post Fellowship: Fellow, Washington, D.C., Office of the President, ASU

Nikki Gusz

Nikki Gusz

MEd, Secondary Education
BA, American Studies

Post Fellowship: Innovation Developer, Office of University Initiatives, ASU

“The University Innovation Fellowship provides an ecosystem where you can consider the biggest challenges
in education--and actually do something about them! When you're at a dynamic place like Arizona State University,
you develop the ability to take risks and make a difference. You learn how to change the world around you.”

Audrey Iffert

Audrey Iffert

MA, Communication
BA, Communication 

Post Fellowship: Entrepreneur Catalyst, Office of University Initiatives, ASU

Maggie McGannon

Maggie McGannon

MEd, Education
BA, Political Science and Philosophy 

Post Fellowship: Law student, University of North Carolina School of Law

Chris Meierling

Chris Meierling

MSD, Design Research
BSD, Industrial Design

Post Fellowship: Human Factors Specialist, IDEO

Samantha Miller

Samantha Miller

MA, Interdisciplinary Studies
BA, English

Post Fellowship: High School English Teacher, Kelley Educational Services

Jacqueline Smith

Jacqueline Smith

Doctor of Law (JD)
BA, Mathematics and Economics 

Post Fellowship: Director of Social Embeddedness, Office of University Initiatives, ASU

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