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Teaching for Innovation Grants

2017 Call for Applications

UT’s Teaching and Learning Center, supported by the Associate Provost for Teaching and Learning Innovation and the Office of the Provost, is pleased to announce a request for proposals for grant opportunities for the 2017/2018 academic year.

Through our partnership with and support from the individual Colleges and University Libraries, the teaching innovation program provides funding for course redesign and best-practices implementation projects to enhance undergraduate and graduate education, with a focus on supporting improved student learning. Teaching Faculty* are invited to submit proposals:

Teaching Innovation Grants of $3000 each will assist faculty with course design / redesign, integrating active learning and engagement pedagogies. Faculty teaching in core courses necessary for student progression are especially encouraged to apply. Funds may be used for the purchase of materials, equipment and supplies and/or as research/conference funds; up to 50% of the grant may be used for summer stipend support. See the full description below.

Successful proposals will explicitly incorporate active and engaged learning strategies, model design for accessibility, and embed formative assessments to promote student retention and enhance progression towards a degree, consistent with Vol Vision Strategic Priorities.

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION now open.

Faculty are encouraged to consult with the Teaching and Learning Center in planning and developing their proposals.

*Teaching Faculty refers here to all who teach—tenure and tenure-track, clinical and practitioners, lecturers, adjuncts, and graduate teaching assistants. Preference will be given to teaching faculty who are likely to teach the course multiple times.

Proposals are sought that focus on substantial course revisions or new course development that highlight innovative teaching practices for deeper student learning. Examples include designs such as hybrid courses, flipping, gamification, high levels of student autonomy, high levels of student activity, creative/critical thinking focus, and other creative designs. This grant program will focus on key courses for the academic program and the university, such as courses targeted for program improvement and student graduation and success.

Submission

  1. Cover sheet to include: Faculty member’s full name; utk email address; department name; department’s IRIS Account #; contact information for departmental budget person.
  2. Project description (maximum 5 pages), which must include:
    1. The expected student learning outcomes consistent with program learning outcomes
    2. How the project will address barriers to student retention and/or progression
    3. Statement about how the course design/redesign is consistent with the strategic priorities of UT’s Vol Vision
    4. Anticipated work plan and budget, as well as plan for dissemination
  3. Letter of support from the department head
  4. Current CV

Recipients are required to meet with TLC lead (Dr. Guffey) and other recipients, as a cohort, once a semester at minimum. Typical meetings are a discussion at the outset of the grant work (spring 2016), a midpoint discussion among the cohort, and a meeting towards the end of the grant, to assist with implementing the dissemination plan (including poster or report preparation as needed).

Faculty are encouraged to consult with the Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center in planning and developing their proposals. Please contact TennTLC Faculty Scholar Dr. Stan Guffey, sguffey@utk.edu, ahead of submission.

Please submit your application to sguffey@utk.edu with the heading “teaching innovation.” Due March  27th; notifications April 7th.

Teaching Innovation Final Report Options 

Teaching Innovation Grant recipients may complete their report as either a Presentation Poster or a Final Report addressing the following:

  • Rationale and context of the project
  • Results, analysis, and discussion of assessments (both direct and indirect)
  • Interpretation of success in meeting redesign objectives and student learning outcomes

Poster Option

  1. Printable poster file in a format suitable for web display and conference presentation addressing the elements outlined above. Design may be discipline specific or using a template provided by TennTLC; assistance can be provided for the creation of the poster. The recipient is responsible for printer costs, which are minimal.
  2. 1-2 page project summary
  3. Relevant artifacts from the course, such as a redesigned syllabus, lesson plans, sample student work, and student feedback
  4. Update on dissemination of the project to include conference presentation, journal submission, internal papers, college/department seminars, etc.

Faculty are highly encouraged to present at the Faculty Appreciation Week Poster Presentation / Faculty Luncheon in the February following the conclusion of their grant project. Previously presented posters can be viewed here.

Written Report Option

  1. 1-2 page project summary
  2. Full report as outlined above
  3. Relevant artifacts from the course, such as a redesigned syllabus, lesson plans, sample student work, and student feedback
  4. Update on dissemination of the project to include conference presentation, journal submission, internal papers, college/department seminars, etc.

Faculty are encouraged as well to prepare a manuscript for submission to a general or discipline-specific higher education journal and consider external opportunities for grant submission. The TennTLC supports and encourages IRB approval for grant projects.

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