Watt Center seeks applicants for second Faculty Fellows cohort

April 11, 2019

By Blythe Steelman, Watt Family Innovation Center

For the second year, Clemson faculty members will have the opportunity to explore the Watt Family Innovation Center’s unique capabilities in developing cross-disciplinary activities that support university-wide goals, thanks to the Watt Faculty Fellows program.

Up to 20 Fellows will be accepted into the 2019-2020 cohort. They will form into teams to collaborate throughout the academic year on projects that will enhance the Watt Center’s support for the University’s Clemson Forward strategic plan, focusing specifically on how to use artificial intelligence (AI) to improve teaching and learning in all academic disciplines.

Each team will collaboratively identify a topic, develop a proposal and execute their deliverables. Teams will be responsible for acquiring the necessary tools and are welcome to use the IBM Watson Artificial Intelligence platform or other AI programs. Prior knowledge of AI systems or computer programming is not required, but participants should be willing to learn.

Interested faculty members may benefit from attending all or part of the Watt Center’s second annual Watson-in-the-Watt AI Symposium on Monday, April 22.

The program is open to all Clemson faculty members. Prior teaching experience in the Watt Center is preferred, but not required. Applications are due April 30 and Fellows will be named by May 15. For comments or questions, contact Barbara Speziale, associate director for academic affairs at the Watt Center.

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