Funding Opportunities

 

Course Development Funding

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The Center for Teaching and Learning is pleased to provide support of up to $1500 for the development of new courses or significant revisions to existing courses. We are particularly interested in supporting the (re)development of courses that meet a specific programmatic need, or that rely upon a unique or exploratory pedagogical approach. It is expected that courses that are developed with funds from CTL will be taught regularly. We anticipate funding three course development proposals. All full-time employees of the college with faculty status are eligible to apply.

 

Examples of past funded activities include: The development of a methods course that was recommended by external reviewers and adopted by a program. The course did not fit clearly with any program member’s area of expertise, so funds were granted for the study of the subject and development of the course. The development of a newly required capstone course, the structure of which would be adopted by all program members when teaching the course. The redevelopment of an introductory course from a largely lecture based pedagogy to an active learning approach. The creation of inquiry-based lab experiments for a science course.

 

It is expected that funding recipients will (re)develop the course during the summer of 2016, and share their design and/or implementation experiences with colleagues through a short CTL newsletter submission.

 

To apply, please submit an application letter that includes: a description of the proposed course, including student learning outcomes, intended pedagogies, and how it fits into a curriculum; a statement of how the development of this course goes beyond normal course development expectations; and an itemized budget. A letter of support from your program or division chair should also be submitted. The letter should include a timeline of when the course is expected to be taught. If applicable, a statement of how this course will meet a specific programmatic need should also be included.

 

Applicants may request a stipend of up to $1000 and funds for materials of up to $500. Eligible material expenses include books, workshop registration fees, travel costs, and other expenses directly related to the development of the course. The stipend may be used to cover additional material costs, conference travel, or other expenses incurred beyond $500. Requests for funds to provide student stipends will not be considered.

 

More details on this opportunity will be available in the Spring.

 

Teaching with Technology Mini-Grants

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With support from Academic Affairs and Information Technology Services, the Center for Teaching and Learning is offering five (5) stipends of $600 each to faculty who are willing to experiment with technology by incorporating it into their courses in inventive ways. The stipends may be used in any way that supports the integration of technology into the course. Through these stipends, we hope to encourage faculty to imagine and test how technology can be used to transform student learning. For example, how can connecting with students in classes at other colleges or universities enhance student learning? How can creating supplemental materials, such as video tutorials, help students better understand the course material? How can technology help bring global awareness to student perspectives? How can technology help cultivate dynamic conversation? Even a small change can make a big impact.

 

It is expected that stipend recipients will work to incorporate technology into one course during the summer of 2016, implement the course changes during the 2016- 2017 academic year, share their design and/or implementation experiences with colleagues through a blog post, and reflect on the experience during a spring event. CTL staff will be available throughout the year for support and guidance.

 

To apply, please write a one-page proposal that includes: a brief description of your course, including course learning outcomes; how you propose to integrate technology into your course; how this change aligns with your learning outcomes; and how student learning may benefit.

 

We recognize that everyone has a different level of comfort with technology, and terms such as “experiment” and “inventive” are subjective. Whether you are just getting started with technology or were an early adopter, please feel welcome to apply.

 

Please feel welcome to contact any CTL staff member to brainstorm possible uses of technology in your classes or to talk about your existing ideas.

 

More details on this opportunity will be available in the Spring.

 

 

Diversity Infusion Mini Grants

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Mini-grants of up to $500 for the creation or revision of courses to include diverse voices are now available. These grants are meant to provide the resources necessary to infuse diverse voices, especially those from historically underrepresented populations, into the syllabi of existing courses or to develop new courses that explore issues and inclusion from an academic perspective. Grant funds can be used to purchase course materials (e.g., images, books, films, audio recordings, etc.). It is expected that courses that are (re)designed with funds from the Mellon Foundation Diversity and Inclusion grant will be taught at least two times in the next four years.

 

To apply, please submit an application letter that includes a description of the course, a project outline that addresses the questions below, and a basic budget.

 

  1. How will the inclusion of diverse voices and perspectives strengthen this course or, in the case of newly designed courses, the program’s course offerings?
  2. What approaches and/or methods are envisioned in relation to the project objective?

  3. What percentage of your newly redesigned course will focus on issues related to diversity? If you will be revising an existing course, how changed will your revised version of the course be from the original?

  4. How often do you intend to offer this course and will it count towards a major, minor, or general education requirement?

 

More details on this opportunity will be available in the Spring.

 

 

Community-Based Learning Mini-Grants

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Mini-grants of up to $500 for the development of community based learning courses are now available on a rolling basis. These grants are meant to provide the support necessary to transform a traditional course into a community based learning course. We are particularly interested in courses that are sustainable and will not rely upon outside funds for implementation each year.

 

Broadly speaking, community based learning (CBL) is a pedagogical approach that intentionally links what is being taught in the classroom to the surrounding communities. CBL is grounded in mutual respect and the belief that all communities have educational assets and resources that can enhance learning experiences for students. CBL gives students the opportunity to integrate hands-on work in the community with classroom readings and discussion, supports students’ ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences, and encourages self-reflection.

 

To apply, please submit an application letter that includes a description of the course, the course learning objectives, a statement of how the integration of community based learning will strengthen student learning, and a basic budget to ctl@centre.edu. Please contact Ellen Prusinski with any questions.

 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

 

Multidisciplinary Pedagogical Conferences

 

The Center for Teaching and Learning has funds to support faculty participation in pedagogical workshops and conferences! Funding includes registration, travel, and per diem.

 

Not sure where to start looking for such a conference? Here are two good options:

 

 

 

We also have a limited amount of funds to support faculty attendance at pedagogical workshops that occur in connection with disciplinary conferences. In most instances, funding is limited to the cost of the workshop and additional lodging.

 

If you are interested in either of these opportunities, please send a short statement to Sarah Lashley indicating your interest in a specific conference and an anticipated budget. Requests will be considered on a rolling basis.

 

If you know of a pedagogical workshop or conference that you would like to attend, but it does not fit either of these models, please contact Sarah Lashley. CTL may still be able to help!

 

 

 

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