Uniting learning with careers.

The Experiential Learning Teaching Fellowship is a collaborative partnership between the Center for Student Experience and Talent (SET) and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). The goal of the program is to impact the career readiness of undergraduate students by having selected faculty and instructional staff infuse career concepts into their existing academic curriculum.

Faculty Information


Part-time and full-time UWM faculty and instructional staff who have taught a minimum of two semesters at UWM.

Compensation / Award
  • The Experiential Learning Teaching Fellowship will be awarded to four faculty/staff.
  • Two options for award compensation based on the recipient’s preference: $3,000 supplies and expense or $2,300 stipend.
  • Contributions made as an Experiential Learning Teaching Fellow can be applied to individual research interests and academic program/department initiatives.
Deliverables / Expectations
  • Commitment to the program from June 1 to June 30 of the following year, a 13 month commitment
  • Adapt curriculum in summer for one class to be taught in the fall semester integrating career concepts that promote career awareness and/or readiness. Also, determine an appropriate form of assessment to measure the impact of the infused concepts.
  • Meet regularly with the Experiential Learning Teaching Fellowship cohort and staff from the Center of Student Experience and Talent and Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
  • Collaborate with Experiential Learning Teaching Fellowship cohort to develop tools that support the infusion of career development and readiness concepts into the academic experience.
  • Participate in a panel discussion/workshop in the spring 2024 semester to share fall curriculum, assessment data, and lessons learned with interested colleagues from across campus. Presenting at a UWM Teaching and Learning Symposium would be appreciated.

Application Process

Applications will open in early spring.

Fellowship awards will be announced May 1st.

For more information, contact Ben Trager.

Current Fellows

Adam Follmer
Clinical Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences & Disorders
I incorporate experiential learning into my courses by encouraging the carryover of course material with interprofessional communication observed in healthcare environments. Students are encouraged to reflect on their experiences while incorporating concepts and ideas that are discussed in class.   
Benjamin Schneider
Teaching Professor, Honors College
Benjamin Schneider is Teaching Professor in the Honors College where he leads seminars in the Humanities. He is responsible for two experiential learning programs in Honors: the annual Alternative Spring Break trip to New Orleans and the Community Embedded Experiential Learning program. 
Erica Meier
Teaching Faculty II, Jewelry and Metalsmithing
For my internship course, experiential learning and transferable skills have become a core value in the experience. This has already been a very fruitful experience and the students are gaining confidence in their contributions awt their internships. I’m also applying this in my studio course by bringing in professionals who are doing technical demonstrations and incorporating time in the schedule to discuss careers and advice on goal setting for post degree employment success.  
Morgan Foster
Undergraduate Advisor & Program Coordinator, Women’s and Gender Studies
In her roles, she supports experiential learning through service-learning and internships. Through the Experiential Teaching Learning Fellowship, she has rethought her internship course in WGS and is working with students to create professional materials including LinkedIn pages, current resumes, and more. In both experiential learning courses she teaches, Morgan focuses on students applying their learning and expanding their knowledge beyond the traditional classroom setting. 
Noelle Chesley
Associate Professor, Sociology 
Faculty Affiliate, Women and Gender Studies 
The goal of the program is to impact the career readiness of undergraduate students by fostering greater instructor expertise and practices that can be applied to support the professional development of our students. Experiential Learning Fellows come together to share ideas and to cultivate practices that support infusing professional development into the UWM curriculum. 
Kim Omachinski
Teaching Faculty II, Communications
Theodore Lentz
Assistant Professor, Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology
Dr. Lentz teaches courses in the Criminal Justice & Criminology department at the undergraduate and graduate levels. His classes include a variety of experiential learning activities to strengthen key interpersonal and decision-making skills that students need for future workplace settings. Students in his classes can expect to work in groups to manage projects and engage in service-learning opportunities where they apply course concepts to help address current community needs and reflect on their experiences.