Mini Grants

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.

Eligible Projects

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

Co-curricular projects

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

Restrictions:

  • 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.

Administration

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.

Timeline

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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