The selection program begins with the solicitation of nominations for the entering class of Gerstacker Fellows. Letters are sent out in mid-March to various superintendents throughout the State of Michigan to inform them of the purpose and scope of the program and to seek their nomination of outstanding teachers and administrators from their school district. A follow-up letter is sent out to those superintendents in mid-May as a reminder for nominations and the August due date. Notices are also sent to graduates of the Gerstacker Fellowship Program to encourage them to advise their superintendent or a respective supervisor of teachers and administrators who would benefit from participation.
A superintendent or supervisor then submits a Nomination form on behalf of that individual. The nominated individual then submits an Application form which includes biographical data as well as the completion of several essay questions. A Colleague Recommendation form is also required to be submitted by a colleague on behalf of the nominated individual.
All applications and supporting materials must be submitted electronically by the August due date. Each candidate will receive an email notification of the receipt of the application packet.
Twelve individuals are selected for each entering class. Aside from the minimum requirement of a master’s degree, those individuals are selected on the basis of past academic, service and professional experience, the assessment by others as to their potential for excellence in leadership, and their ability to benefit from and contribute to the Program.
A selection committee is comprised of the Co-Directors of the Program, a member of the faculty of the College of Education and a graduate of the Gerstacker Fellowship Program. The committee reviews the applications and selects those individuals for interviews at Saginaw Valley State University. From the interview group, the new Gerstacker Fellows are selected by early September. An induction ceremony and banquet is conducted n early November to welcome the new class of Gerstacker Fellows.