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Teaching for Innovation

2017 Call for Applications

The Office of the Provost and the Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center are pleased to announce a request for proposals for the Teaching Innovation Grants for the 2017/2018 academic year.

Through our partnership with the individual Colleges and University Libraries, our grant  provides seed-money for course redesign and best-practices implementation projects to enhance undergraduate education, particularly in core lower division, general education, or high-enrollment courses.

Teaching Innovation Grants of $3500 each will assist faculty with course redesign that integrates evidence-based, active learning and engagement pedagogies. Groups of faculty teaching in core lower division courses necessary for student progression are especially encouraged to apply. Funds may be used for the purchase of materials and supplies and/or as partial summer salary supplement.

Successful proposals will explicitly incorporate evidence-based active and engaged learning strategies to promote student retention and enhance progression towards a degree, consistent with Vol Vision Strategic Priority 1: Undergraduate Education, and Strategic and / or Priority 6:  Diversity and Inclusion.

Priority will be given to projects working to address courses with high DFW rates, and projects enhancing inclusiveness and facilitating learning through diversity. Faculty who have an experiential learning course design in mind are encouraged to direct their submission to the Faculty Fellows in Experience Learning call.

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Project description (maximum 5 pages) which must include:
    • How the project will address barriers to student retention and/or progression
    • Expected student learning outcomes consistent with program learning outcomes
    • Formative and summative assessment methods
    • Anticipated work plan and budget
  1. Letter of support from the department head
  2. Current CV
  3. Current syllabus (or description, if a new course)

Teaching Innovation Grant proposals and supporting materials should be submitted to Dr. Stan Guffey, TennTLC TIG coordinator at sguffey@utk.edu.

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

PROJECT COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS:

Teaching Innovation Grant recipients will report on the results of the grant upon completion of their course, providing documentation of the results of the course redesign or enhancement.

Recipients may complete their report as either a Presentation Poster or a Final Report addressing the following:

  • Rationale and context of the project
  • Results and discussion of assessments and success in meeting redesign objectives, student learning outcomes, and Vol Vision strategic priorities.

Poster Option:

  • 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 Tenn TLC
  • 1-2 page project summary
  • Relevant artifacts from the course, such as a redesigned syllabus, lesson plans, sample student work, and student feedback
  • Plan for dissemination of the project to include conference presentation, journal submission, internal papers, college/department seminars, etc.

Final Report Option:

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

Faculty are encouraged to prepare a manuscript for submission to a general or discipline-specific higher education journal and consider external opportunities for grant submission.

 

To view past projects, visit the Teaching Grants Showcase

 

 

 

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