The Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning offers mini-grants to faculty and staff to infuse high-impact, active-learning practices into their courses, programs, or co-curricular activities and for travel to conferences, workshops or seminars relating to high impact practices and active learning. Mini-grants are competitive, based on applications and available funding. The maximum award is $2,500. Recipients are required to write a culminating report and share with the campus community.
2015-2016 CETL Mini-Grants Awarded:
- Kyle Besing, Bryan Blount, Math
Development and implementation of WeBWork, an open-source online homework system for math and sciences course (High Impact Practices – Curricular Project)
- Heather Logsdon, Art
Support for students to participate in ART3384 Modern Art History Study Abroad to London, Paris, Amsterdam in SU 2016 (High Impact Practices – Travel)
- Rachel Pritchard, Biology
Support for faculty travel to American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators in summer 2016 (Active Learning – Travel)
- Lawrence Armendarez, Physics
Support for faculty travel to the New Faculty Workshop of the American Association of Physics Teachers (Active Learning – Travel)
- Kyle Watson, Chemistry; Rachel Pritchard, Biology
Development and implementation of a collaborative project for undergraduate research between the chemistry and biology programs (High Impact Practices – Curricular Project)
- Beth Macke, Sociology
Purchase of simulation game BaFa’BaFa’® to understand difference and stereotypes (Active Learning – Curricular Project)
- Angela Mackey, Psychology
Support for faculty travel to the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology in Jan (Active Learning – Travel)
- Beth Demunbrun, Theater
Support for faculty presentation and student attendance at the South Eastern Theatre Conference in March 2016 (Active Learning – Travel)
- Beth Demunbrun, Theater
Funds for materials to install donated lighting in the college theater (Active Learning – Co-curricular project)
- Shane Armstrong, English
Support for a collaborative project for students in the Writing Workshop and residents at the Roosevelt House (High Impact Practices – Curricular Project)
- Rachel Pritchard, Biology
Funds for materials to support an undergraduate research project in Biology and Zoology (High Impact Practices – Curricular Project)
- Dennis Jewett, Lisa Clark, Music
Support for faculty and student travel to NATS Mid-South Regional Auditions and Workshop (Active Learning – Travel)
Objectives of Eligible Projects
Exemplary projects promote the goals and objectives of Kentucky Wesleyan College and the Title III Strengthening Institutions grant.
Priorities for 2015-2016
Projects (including travel) must address at least one of the below:
High Impact Practices (service-learning undergraduate research, scholarly or creative activity; field experiences, internships, co-ops)
Active Learning (classroom assessment, group discussions, case studies, peer review, role playing, interactive lecture, etc.) See the University of Michigan’s Active Learning website for more information.
Projects can be of the following types. You are not limited to those listed – consult with Christine Salmon if your project doesn’t quite fit.
Curriculum-related projects (course, major, minor, etc.)
- Course redesign
- Design and implementation of specific strategies
- Implementation of techonology
- Travel by students
Travel by faculty or staff to conferences, workshops, or seminars
Funding Levels and Restrictions
Funding for a single project may range from $100 – $2,500, depending on the type and complexity of the project. Total available funds for 2015-2016 are:
- Travel – $3,000
- Class or co-curricular projects – $15,000
- Technology and equipment are funded only when necessary to fulfill project objectives. Priority may be given to technology and equipment that can serve multiple courses or departments.
- Mini-grants can be considered seed money for new projects, but not continuation of previously funded projects (e.g. funded from other mini-grant sources).
- CETL mini-grant funds may be requested in conjunction with those offered by the Dean of Academic Affairs. Such requests must be disclosed.
- Food and beverages are not allowable except when part of travel.
A) Application Process
|–||Review the guidelines|
|–||Consult with Christine Salmon as needed|
|–||Submit your application online through the mini-grant application link|
B) Review Process
|–||Selection committee reviews all applications to ensure adherence to the guidelines and for the appropriate fit with college and grant goals.|
C) Award Process
|–||The committee will recommend projects for funding and submit the recommendations to the director of CETL for final approval.|
|–||Following selection of awards, recipients will be notified by CETL, and will be assisted with setting up the project implementation plan, including timeline, budget, and dissemination activities.|
|–||October 9, 2015||DEADLINE for submission of proposals|
|–||October 16, 2015||Notification of awards|
|–||February 15, 2016||Mid-point progress report due|
|–||May 5, 2016||Dissemination at CETL Spring Conference|
|–||Final report due within 2 weeks of final project activity|
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