Teaching Enhancement Grant

Teaching Enhancement Grants support faculty who propose to improve their teaching by introducing new methods, ideas or strategies for their existing courses, and does not support development of new courses. The intention of these grants is to support all full-time, continuing faculty with a stipend during a period when they are not regularly teaching to adapt and apply new pedagogy to their own courses. The grant supports activities such as researching new pedagogies for the purpose of adaptation in courses taught, observing or consulting with other faculty who use an innovative approach to teaching, attending conferences or workshops focused on teaching to learn about new pedagogies you might adapt for your course, developing activities for a previously taught course based on a new pedagogical approach, and developing tools to assess improvement in teaching and learning. Applicants for this grant must demonstrate how the proposed activities will enhance their own professional development as educators. In addition, they must describe how the desired changes in teaching methods will impact student learning.

These grants are NOT intended to support regular curriculum or course development that is more appropriately the ongoing work of an academic unit.

Applicants may also consider applying for a Partnership-In-Learning Grant if the project involves a collaborative project with a student.

Application Deadline: By 4 p.m. March 1 for support during summer or other times when applicants are not engaged in full-time teaching. Funds will be available for the following fiscal year (i.e., after July 1).

Final Report Deadline: Final Report is due October 1 of the year following completion of the project.

Award: Teaching Enhancement Grants may be used for stipends and expenses related to the project. An individual faculty member may apply for a Teaching Enhancement Grant of up to $2,000. Faculty teams may apply for grants of up to $4,000 (the maximum award), to be split among them as they deem appropriate. Individual proposals for similar types of projects in the same department (e.g., implementing WAC, clicker technology, etc.) are not encouraged. Faculty should form teams or use the Faculty Partnership grant program instead.

Application Process: The TEG application must be filled out completely, including a narrative that addresses all of the criteria for evaluation of the grant proposal, a timetable for the project, bibliography, and curriculum vitae.

Selection Criteria: Proposals should be written in a way that minimizes disciplinary jargon as much as possible (if necessary to include, provide definitions) and is understandable for a non-technical reviewer. All proposals and will be judged on the basis of the quality of the narrative and the applicant’s ability to articulate how their professional development as an educator and student learning in course(s) taught will improve.

Examples of projects that have been funded include:

  • Collaborative Learning Groups in Sociology
  • Discussion Groups in Non-Majors Biology Laboratories
  • Computer Assignments in the Economics Classroom
  • Enhancing the Teaching of Calculus Using a Lab-Based Approach
  • Developing Experiential Approaches to Teaching Political Theory
  • Developing Writing to Learn Exercises for Modern Physics Lecture and Laboratory