Staff & Faculty Fellows

Bailey Faculty Fellows -- Applications now open! Due April 1 at 5pm

The Bailey Scholars Program (BSP) Faculty Fellowship experience provides an opportunity for MSU faculty and staff to focus on the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) while leading undergraduate students in the journey of self-directed and community learning.  Problems of practice emerge from the classroom and become opportunities for SoTL research.

BSP Faculty Fellows utilize their time in Bailey as a space to develop professionally and academically. By being involved as a member of our multidisciplinary learning community, fellows elevate their teaching and learning styles. These new skills can refresh your academic teaching pursuits within your home department.

Faculty fellows are also involved in a BSP fellow’s learning community. This network annually explores innovative techniques that enhance teaching and learning practices and opportunities. For example, the Office of Campus Sustainability and the Student Organic Farm both began from learning circles convened by the Bailey Scholars Fellows.

The BSP Faculty Fellows rotate in and out of the program on a regular basis. The Faculty Fellows are made up of university faculty members, staff members, student affairs professionals, and adjunct faculty. They do not have to be associated with the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources to apply.

If you would like to serve as a Faculty Fellow in the Bailey Scholars Program, please contact the BSP Director, Dr. Jeno Rivera, at

Past Faculty Fellows:

Acumo, V., Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change; Adda, R.; Adkins, J., Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences; Durr, R., MSU College Advising Corps; Kaminski, D., Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics; Mbewe, R.; McDonald, R., Social Relations and Policy; Barbier, M., Fisheries & Wildlife; Biernbaum, J., Horticulture; Bilodeau, B., Director-LBGT Resource Center; Bingen, J., Rural Development; Burton, J., Animal Science; Carlson, P., Lear Center; Carra, C., Director- RISE. Chamblee, M., CANR Office of Academic & Student Affairs; Cooper, D., American Thought & Language; Crawford, P., BSP Director; Dann, S., Fisheries & Wildlife, CARRS; DeRosa, S., CANR Office of Academic & Student Affairs; Doberneck, D., University Outreach & Engagement; Elshoff, D., AEE, ANRECS, CARRS, CSUS; Erickson, R., Animal Science; Fails, B., LPI Associate Director; Farrell, P., ANREC Center for Evaluative Studies; Fear, F., Rural Development, CARRS; Habron, G., Fisheries & Wildlife; Harper, P., Horticulture; Hassoun, R., Anthropology; Herner, B., Horticulture; Hesse, J., Fishers & Wildlife; Hironaka, J., BSP Academic Specialist; Kenney, P., BSP Academic Specialist; Link, T., MSU Libraries; Lucas, J., AEE, ANRECS; Nickle, P., Rural Development; Oehmke, J., Agriculture Economics; Person, H., Agriculture Engineering; Petty, D., BSP Academic Specialist; Rios, T., Associate VP for Student Affairs; Rivera, J., CARRS, CSUS; Robinson, C., BSP Faculty; Schaffer, T., MSU Museum; Sterner, G., BSP Senior Director; Thorp, L., Rural Development; Turner, S., Packaging; Williams, S., Office of Women’s Affairs; Woodard, D., Agriculture Experiment Station; Workman, K., Lyman Briggs.

Graduate Teaching and Administrative Fellows -- Applications now Open! Due April 1 at 5pm

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. 

The fellowship exposes graduate students to a learning community focused on innovative teaching and learning practices. There are two primary convener roles available for fellows in the 2022-23 academic year: Teaching & Learning or Administrative Convener. ALL graduate fellows will be part of a research learning community, where they conduct a team research project 2022-23 academic year. When you apply for the fellowship, please indicate your interest in serving as either a Teaching & Learning Convener or an Administrative Convener. 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.


Graduate fellows spend each semester paired with a seasoned BSP faculty 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 the scholars’ learning journey, and ANR 410 is a problem-based learning experience. This is not a traditional Teaching Assistantship. In the Bailey classroom, you are positioned as a convener and 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.


Graduate fellows 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 assisting program directors with the BSP website management, assisting with social media strategy, and management of the BSP social media platforms in collaboration with BSP student leadership. Additional experiential opportunities may include shadowing the BSP advisor in their daily recruitment and advising activities, managing and processing BSP student forms and learning allowance applications.


The following is a list of resources that will aid conveners in their work. Content will be continuously added to inform practice.

Bohm, D. & Nichol, L.  (2003) On Dialogue. New York: Taylor and Francis e-library.
(Note. This is only the first chapter. You can access the whole book electronically at

Bailey Scholars Fellows (2000). Weaving Bailey’s Larger Purpose Into the Bailey Core Courses. East Lansing, MI: College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Doberneck, DM, Mitchell, C., Chamblee, M. & Burkhardt, P. (2000). Practice ethic for faculty and student learning conveners in the Bailey scholars program. Retrieved August 13, 2014 from

Duley, J. (1999). The Bailey Scholars Program: It’s Ethos and Ethics. Retrieved August 14, 2014 from

Heierbacher,S. (2007) Dialogue and deliberation in P. Holman, T. Devane, & S. Cady (eds) Change Handbook: The Definitive Resource on Today’s Best Methods for Engaging Whole Systems. pp. 102-117.
(Note. This is only this chapter. You can access the whole book at

Isaacs, W. (1999) Dialogue and the Art of Thinking Together. New York: Currency.

Kaner (S). (2014). Facilitator’s Guide to Participatory-Decision Making (3rd ed.). San Francisco: Josseybass

Owen, H. (2008) Open space technology: A User’s Guide (3rd ed.). San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler.
(Note. This is only the first couple of chapters. You can access the whole book electronically at

Rodgers, C. (June, 2002). Defining reflection: Another look at John Dewey and reflective thinking. Teachers College Record 104(4) pp. 842-866.

Rivera, J. and Heinrich, B. (2014). Self-Study of The Liberty Hyde Bailey Scholars Program at Michigan State University. East Lansing, MI: College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Trosset, C. (1998) Obstacles to open discussion and critical thinking. Change 30(5) pp. 44-49.

UTNE (July, 2002). The power of talk.  UTNE reader. pp. 54-65.