2015 CELT Learning Enhancement Grant

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching is offering faculty and staff awards of up to $5,000 to improve quality and productivity in learning and teaching in a course or program.  Projects that strongly enhance student learning and have a demonstrable impact receive priority consideration. Proposals should address relevance to the University Strategic Plan. Funds awarded in spring of 2015 are for the 2015-2016 academic year.  Proposals are due electronically to your college dean by Friday, February 20, 2015 at 5 PM, and to CELT by Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 5 PM.

Who may apply?

All faculty (both part-time and tenure-track) and staff may apply.  Graduate students employed as Teaching Associates (TAs) are not eligible, but they are encouraged to advise their deans, chairs, and sponsoring faculty about materials, supplies, and services they believe would enhance classroom instruction.  The ideas of all faculty, staff, and students are welcomed and needed to help make wise choices about the use of CELT funds.

What sort of funding is available?

  • Reassigned time (one course release) to redesign courses in order to enhance student learning, for instance via the incorporation of academic technologies, addition of a civic engagement component, development of writing intensive sections.
  • Reassigned time (one course release) or several smaller financial incentives for members of a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) dedicated to curricular (or course) revision that will enhance student learning. (See this essay that defines and discusses FLCs.)
  • Non-consumable instructional materials and equipment that are beyond the ability of a college, department, or program to provide, and are not provided elsewhere on campus (Note: You must check with the Technology and Learning Program (TLP) on campus in advance of submitting your proposal to have any technology issues, concerns, or questions addressed.)

What types of proposals are funded?

The committee encourages all proposals that will make a long-term, wide-ranging, and/or targeted impact at the level of a single course or at the department level and above, with or without an instructional technology component. As usual, we are interested in projects of course, program, and curricular redesign.

Successful proposals articulate the expected improvement of student learning with reference to current 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. Another source for ideas is the CSU Institute for Teaching and Learning.

Please seek and document appropriate financial contributions from the department and/or the college.

Some recently funded CELT proposals have been for:

  • Redesign of the Internship program for Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management
  • A Faculty Learning Community to develop a new Honors seminar
  • Development of an Online Epidemiology Course
  • Support of student leadership development projects
  • Developing and implementing a computer program to be used in four courses
  • Upgrade and replacement of antiquated equipment in two laboratories     


  • Support for tasks typical of regular faculty workload and expectations, summer stipends, and funding for conference attendance or travel will not be funded. Caveat: Members of an FLC who receive funds for their participation may use their funds for any approved expenditures.
  • The appropriate department, college, and university processes for course or program approval must be followed in initiating this CELT proposal.

How does one apply?

Submit an ELECTRONIC copy of the proposal — one PDF that includes all relevant documents – to your college dean by Friday, February 20, 2015 at 5 PM.

The PDF must be forwarded to the CELT office (CELT@csuchico.edu), along with the Dean’s recommendation, by Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 5 PM. 

The application page must be completed as indicated, and the narrative of the proposal should total no more than five additional pages, including the budget page.  Endorsement letters from the department chair and college dean are required, and it is essential that they indicate how the proposal supports the Student Learning Objectives (SLO) of the college, department or unit. The proposal needs to include the following in this order:

  1. Cover page application-please include principal requestor(s) and title on this page.
  2. Rationale and Objectives:
    1. history and significance of problem or need
    2. brief explanation of how project addresses problem, followed by specific objectives of project;
    3. 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)
    4. description of how project is unique, innovative, or particularly suited to CSU Chico
    5. rationale and evidence that the methodology/project plan is pedagogically sound and will be effective in improving student learning (again, one may refer to the links given above)
    6. demonstration of adherence to federally mandated accessibility requirements (Universal Design for Learning)
    7. explanation of relevance to the Mission and Strategic Plan of the University
    8. Timeline of plan: Outline intended steps to implement and timeline of entire project, including evaluation of the project success, assessment of enhancement of student learning, and reporting.
    9. Evaluation & Reporting: Explain in detail how success of the project will be evaluated and reported to CELT. A clear assessment plan is a vital component of the proposal. A quality assessment plan would typically reference how each of the student learning outcomes described in 2 c and 2 e will be measured.
    10. Briefly explain how this project falls outside of your normal scope of work or typical workload.
    11. Provide budget with breakdown of specific costs.
    12. Include letters of endorsement from department chair and dean (only items not included in 5 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 and staff, use the criteria found in the Rubric for CELT Learning Enhancement Grants (below) to make a recommendation to the Interim Director of Faculty Development, the Dean of Undergraduate Education and the Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs, who together make the final decision. 

When are announcements made?  On or before Wednesday, April 1, 2015

What type of reporting is required?  A final written report is required within 30 days of completion or by June 2, 2015 (whichever comes first). Outcomes of the project, especially an assessment of the instructional/learning impact, and final budget allocations should be included. Also, grant recipients are expected to report to the public at the annual CELT Conference, at a special poster session. Funded proposals and final reports from those proposals may be made publically accessible via the CELT website. You will not be permitted to apply for a future CELT grant if you do not complete both aspects of reporting.

How will I know CELT has received my proposal?  You will receive an email receipt from CELT within 10 working days after delivery to CELT.

Please contact Interim Director of Faculty Development, Kate McCarthy kmccarthy@csuchico.edu with any questions.