Open letter to all 3M Fellows

3M Council Banner_fullMay 10, 2013

As a 3M Fellow you are a life-time member of two important organizations in Canadian Higher Education: The Council of the 3M National Teaching Fellows, a constituency of the larger Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE), which has been very generous in supporting the Fellows over the years. We’re counting on your passion and your voice to strengthen the good work of the Council and STLHE. 

An important benefit of being the recipient of the 3M National Teaching Fellowship is that there are no costs associated with your membership in the Council or STLHE. This places the Council in an unusual position of being an organization incapable of financing its activities through membership fees. The Council does not receive regular financial support from either STLHE or 3M, so it must raise its own funds to support initiatives such as the three books we have published in hardcopy and online, and the 25th Anniversary celebrations.

At our think tank last year we identified a number of activities that the Fellows would like to pursue. There will be costs associated with initiatives like the “Welcome to my Classroom” project, developing a mentorship program and establishing local chapters. While the Council Executive searches for other sources of funding, including a new sponsor to replace Student Awards, we are asking the 3M fellows to consider making a voluntary annual contribution of $49. In return you will be recognized as a Supporting Member of the Council. We have enclosed a copy of our new brochure about the 3M Fellowship which goes into further detail about the Council and STLHE.

At the same time we would ask you to consider a $100 contribution to STLHE by using the same link. The STLHE Board of Directors is taking the lead nationally, working on a number of new initiatives. As well, they are undertaking charitable activities, aiming to reach broader audiences.

This is an excellent opportunity to give a tangible vote of confidence to the work of the 3M Council and STLHE. Please use this link to the STLHE membership centre to make your contribution.

 

Arshad Ahmad – President STLHE
Elizabeth Wells – Chair of the 3M Council