2013-14 Scholarship of Learning and Teaching Grants: Request for Proposals

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching is offering faculty and staff awards of up to $1,000 in Professional Development Funds to support: dissemination of pedagogical research at a major academic or professional conference and/or attendance of a learning & teaching-centered conference or workshop  (for professional development). Funds awarded in Spring of 2014 will be disbursed to departments by the end of April and must be used or encumbered by the end of the fiscal year, June 30, 2014.  Proposals are due electronically to CELT by Monday, December 2, 2013 at 6 PM and are available as a Word Document HERE.

Who may apply?

All faculty, both temporary (part-time or full-time) and tenure-track, and staff may apply. 

What sort of funding is available?

Professional Development Funds to defray costs related to attendance of a learning & teaching-centered conference or workshop  (for professional development) and/or dissemination of pedagogical research at a major academic or professional conference.  The spending of these funds is limited to items listed in the CSU, Chico PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUNDS PROCEDURES form.

What types of proposals are funded?

This call is for proposals that will further knowledge and best practices around learning and teaching.  These small grants can be used to defray the costs of professional development in the area of learning & teaching, or presenting results of research related to pedagogy or best practices in learning & teaching at a professional/academic conference. NOTE: Proposals may include travel to conferences that already are in progress or have been completed any time this fiscal year (July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014).

Successful proposals articulate the expected improvement of student learning with reference to current/cutting edge pedagogical thought—whether via reference to scholarly pedagogical literature or by framing within proven successful programs/initiatives, such as the AAC&U LEAP High-Impact Practices, Universal Design for Learning, the CSU Chancellor’s Office Scholarly Teaching ideals, the CSU Chico Rubric for Online Instruction, or the Catalyst Quality Online Learning and Teaching program. One free source for ideas is the CSU Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL) Newsletter.

Please seek and document appropriate financial contributions from the department and/or the college.  IMPORTANT : The appropriate department, college, and university processes for travel must be followed in initiating this CELT proposal—it is for this reason that we require a copy of the travel request form to be submitted along with the application.

How does one apply?

Your electronic version must be submitted by Monday, December 2, 2013 at 6 pm directly to CELT@csuchico.edu.  

The application form must be completed as indicated, and the proposal should total no more than three additional pages, including the budget portion.  Endorsement letters from the department chair and college dean are required, and it is essential that they indicate the importance of this research in your particular field. The proposal needs to include the following in this order:

  1. Cover page application-please include principal requestor and title on this page.
  2. Rationale and Objectives of professional development opportunity or of conference presentation:
  3. History and significance of problem or need (may include lit review)
  4. Brief explanation of how project addresses problem, followed by specific objectives of project;
  5. Overview of immediate and long-term impact of the project (may include impact on campus, profession, and/or community, but special emphasis should be on student learning)
  6. Description of how project is unique, innovative, or particularly suited to CSU Chico
  7. Rationale and evidence that the methodology/project plan is pedagogically sound and will be effective in improving student learning
    1. Timeline of plan: Outline intended steps to implement and timeline of entire project, including evaluation and reporting.
    2. Evaluation & Reporting: Explain how success of the professional development opportunity or conference presentation will be evaluated and reported to CELT and campus community.
    3. Provide budget with breakdown of specific costs.
    4. Copy of submitted/approved Travel Request Form.
    5. Letters of endorsement from department chair and dean (these items not included in 3 page limit)

Be sure to proofread your proposal for basic writing mechanics, comprehensibility and style. See the Rubric for additional information on what is expected in acceptable and/or target grant proposals.

Who evaluates the proposals, and what criteria are used?

A subcommittee of the CELT Advisory Board, comprising faculty, staff, and students, use the criteria found in the Rubric for CELT Learning Enhancement Grants to make a recommendation to the CELT Director and Provost, who make the final decision. 

When are announcements made?  

On or before Friday, January 31, 2014

What type of reporting is required? 

A brief final written report is required within 30 days of completion or by June 30, 2014 (whichever comes first). Outcomes of the travel, especially an assessment of the instructional/learning impact, and final budget allocations should be included. Funded proposals and final reports from those proposals will be made publically accessible via the CELT website. Also, you will be expected to participate in the poster session at the annual CELT Conference—the purpose being to further disseminate either your pedagogical research or some main take-away from the conference you attended. You will not be permitted to apply for a future CELT grant if your final written report is not submitted or you do not participate in the poster session.

How will I know CELT has received my proposal?

If you do not receive an email receipt from CELT (usually by email) within 10 working days after delivery to CELT, please contact CELT Director Kate McCarthy.