Due: October 1
If you are requesting funding for travel, you must complete the Travel Request Form and reference this project using the same project name.
The Teaching Development Grant (TDG) program is designed to provide a source of financial support for the instructional activities that improve classroom instruction and enhance the quality of teaching and learning.
All full-time faculty members are invited to apply for TDG support.
Instructional Improvement Projects
The following is an illustrative, but not exhaustive, list of examples of projects appropriate for TDG proposals:
- Developing a course using blended technologies to be shared across two or more campuses and involving one or more faculty members in the course development
- Requesting software or teaching materials to assist with the development of supplemental materials or resources for a course
- Hiring students to assist with the development of engaged experiences
- Traveling to a pedagogical conference to learn new ways to teach a course
- Developing, alone or with a team, a new course to support a degree program
- Significantly revising and improving a course or series of courses
- Experimenting with, and documenting new, teaching approaches in the applicant’s area of teaching
- Working cooperatively with others to explore, document, and develop interdisciplinary teaching approaches
- Experimenting with and documenting team teaching approaches
- Designing and testing methods to evaluate teaching
- Developing study abroad experiences
- Designing a course module(s) using blended technologies
- Developing a course for the new general education requirements
- Developing engaged learning opportunities, including service learning, creative activities, and/or research
It is expected that most funded proposals will receive between $500 and $1,500. However, no amount of support is too small to be requested through a TDG proposal. Proposals that request funding at a level higher than $1,500 will be considered. However, these requests must clearly demonstrate the need for more extensive financial support. The competition is more intense at higher levels and necessitates a discussion with the Director of Academic Affairs before proposal submission. It may be more appropriate to submit relatively expensive instructional projects to the Schreyer Institute.
- The Schreyer Institute also offers funding to attend the Lilly higher education teaching and learning conferences and project assessment and evaluation support for external grant applications.
- Travel may be included, but it must be clearly explained in the proposal why travel is essential for the conduct of the proposed project and its expected outcomes. You may also qualify for Undergraduate Conference Travel Support.
- The purchase of software, printed material, supplies, small equipment, and other similar materials may be included.
- Student stipends to hire students to assist with a project may be requested. Students cannot receive a stipend and credit for the same work.
- Support for doctoral dissertation research cannot be supported.
TDGs are awarded on a competitive basis. Each proposal is evaluated by the DAA. Due to limited budgets, proposals are not guaranteed funding. Some proposals may receive only partial support.
Because of the temporary nature of the funds, project money must be expended by the end of the current fiscal year. Unspent funds will not automatically be held over into the next fiscal year budget.