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2013 CTG Call for Proposals

The Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center (TennTLC)  is pleased to announce a new partnership with the UT Office of Research as well as individual colleges.  This partnership has resulted in an expansion of the Creative Teaching Grant program. 

We are pleased to announce a Call for Proposals for the 2013 Creative Teaching Grant Program. The purpose of this program is to provide seed funding for faculty who want to creatively design or redesign their course(s) or significant parts of their courses.  These grants are available to all tenure and non-tenure track faculty. 

Each proposal should be written from the perspective of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL).  With guidance from the staff of the TennTLC and others, awardees will be able to apply an action research paradigm that examines the viability of the pedagogy as leading to increased student learning.  It is hoped that such examination will lead to potential publication for the awardee and opportunities to consider future external grant submissions. 

Proposals can involve more than one course. 

Proposals are reviewed as they fulfill one or more of the following categories:

Course Design:

  • Course (re)design involving innovative use of formative assessment of learning
  • Creative design and implementation of cross-disciplinary courses
  • Design and implementation of new strategies for learning and assessment of learning.
  • Use of mixed modes of learning and assessment within a course
  • Integration of service learning and/or experiential learning into a course

Co-creation of Value:

  • Creative methods of engaging students in their learning process
  • Innovative use of academic personnel in the learning process (e.g., team teaching, use of graduate teaching assistants, undergraduate teaching assistants, peer teaching and learning)


  • Development of innovative formative and summative assessment tools

Critical Thought and Reflection:

  • Strategies for developing critical and creative thinking

See the Creative Teaching Grants Showcase  page on the TennTLC website ( for examples of previous projects.


There are 10 grants available.  A co-sponsored grant with a college will be awarded as appropriate to an individual from that college as listed below.  In addition, there will be two open grants in the case where awarding more than one grant from one college is appropriate or for those from colleges that do not appear below. 

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (1)

College of Arts and Science

  • ·         Natural Sciences (1)
  • ·         Humanities and Arts (1)
  • ·         Social Sciences (1)

College of Business (undergraduate only) (1)

College of Communications and Information Sciences (1)

College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences (1)

College of Engineering (1)

Open Awards (2)


PROPOSAL REQUIREMENTS:  Please provide the following:

  • A 2-3 page summary describing purpose, rationale, creative objectives, student learning outcomes, work plan, anticipated labor plan, and budget
  • A letter of support from the department head
  • An updated CV
  • Send by February 15th to

PROGRAM TIMELINE: Faculty accepted into the grant program will be notified by March 15. Grant recipients will work on course project planning with the TennTLC staff at selected times during the summer and attend periodic team meetings with faculty during the year.  Preparation time will most likely take summer and fall 2013 with course implementation as soon as fall 2013 but no later than spring 2014. TennTLC staff will offer support in the form of consultations, design of action research, classroom observations, and gathering of student feedback throughout the project as needed.

REQUIREMENTS: Faculty will report on the results of the grant upon completion of their course, providing documentation of successful conclusion of the grant and associated action research as appropriate. The final report includes a 1 -2 page summary of the project, an evaluation of success in meeting creative objectives and student learning outcomes, a discussion of the action research that was conducted, and discussion of how the creative changes promoted the co-creation of value in the learning process. Additional documentation should include pertinent materials from the course, such as a redesigned syllabus, lesson plans, sample student work, student feedback, and background research. Faculty are also encouraged to prepare a manuscript for submission to a general or discipline-specific higher education journal and consider external opportunities for grant submission (working with the Office of Research and the TennTLC).

DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDS: $3500 will be awarded to the faculty member(s) for costs related to the project, summer salary stipends, a graduate assistant, or some combination.  If salary stipend is selected, 50% of the stipend will be paid upon completion of planning sessions, and the final 50% will be released upon submission of a final report to the TennTLC once the project is completed.

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