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The Center for theAdvancement of Teaching & Learning

Teaching Enhancement Grant


The Teaching Enhancement Grant provides monetary support for professional development activities or projects that lead to the improvement of teaching skills or the development of innovative teaching strategies. Thus, this grant is not designed to support the acquisition of content for a course(s), but is specifically targeted toward pedagogy (i.e., the teaching talents, methods and abilities of the instructor). The Instructional Development Council issues two calls for Teaching Enhancement Grant proposals each year, one in the fall and one in the spring. Funds must be expended before the end of the fiscal year.


All full-time faculty, lecturers and teaching academic staff whose primary responsibility is teaching for the current academic year are eligible to submit proposals. Priority will be given to requests submitted by individuals who have not received Teaching Enhancement Grant funding within the last 12 months.


Up to $1,000 may be awarded, but funds must be expended before June 6th of the current academic year - unless a later date is approved. Funds can be used to cover eligible expenses (defined below). Funding can be requested for a second year, but the total amount awarded for a single project (or related parts of the project) cannot exceed $1,000.


The Teaching Enhancement Grants program is designed to support professional development activities that will enhance a faculty member's teaching skills or result in the development of innovative teaching strategies. Examples of the types of activities funded by this grant program include:
  • Developing materials or testing innovative teaching methods to enhance student learning.
  • Developing learning activities and teaching strategies for service learning projects.
  • Conducting workshops designed to enhance general teaching effectiveness.
  • Participating in professional development activities, such as workshops, seminars, or intensive short-courses designed to improve teaching.
  • Testing innovative classroom assessment techniques.
  • Developing or implementing a course-based assessment strategy with the aim of improving student learning.
  • Conducting scholarly investigation related to teaching.
  • Conducting scholarly research that clearly enriches teaching in a specific way.
Eligible Expenses Include: Ineligible Expenses Include:
Reimbursement for supplies and expenses to support the development of innovative teaching strategies, ensuring that the creation of these strategies require time/resources that are above and beyond the typical or expected teaching load Faculty stipends for any purpose
Travel costs to attend a conference or workshop explicitly focused on improving teaching skills/abilities Travel costs to attend a conference or workshop not designed specifically to improve teaching (i.e. a discipline specific conference where one might gain additional knowledge on a topic, but specific teaching skills/abilities are not the focus)*
The purchase of scholarly books or periodicals specifically related to teaching improvement Funds for course field trips, guest lecturers, or supplies or equipment to be used by students or faculty in classrooms or labs
Honorarium for invited workshop speaker or guest Funds for activities that are more appropriately funded by budgetary units

*The IDC recognizes that many discipline-specific conferences do offer sessions and workshops on teaching/pedagogy related to their field. If funding is sought after to attend such a conference, the applicant must specifically state in the application which sessions, workshops, etc. would be attended and how those relate to their teaching skills and/or the development of innovative teaching strategies.

Submission Process

Proposals must be submitted electronically.

Proposals should not exceed two pages (double-spaced, 12-point type) and include the following:

  1. A completed Proposal Cover Sheet with original signatures submitted in paper form to the Office of the Provost (intercampus mail) or dropped off at the office, CL 835. This is the only place the applicant’s name should appear.
  2. The following items need to be sent electronically to Caroline Boswell, Director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, at with the subject of the email being “Fall 2016 Teaching Enhancement Grant.”
    1. Two page proposal (no identifying information contained therein) including the following elements:
      • Title of the project.
      • A project description.
      • The project's goals in detail, including an explanation of how the project relates to teaching enhancement. Specific examples are required.
      • An implementation time line for the project.
    2. Completed Itemized Budget Form.
    3. A conference or workshop brochure (i.e., official description of the event), if applicable.

Successful candidates will be selected by the Instructional Development Committee with guidance from the TEG Award Rubric.

*Note that under open records regulations successful proposals will be available for review by request to the CATL Office.


If you have any questions, please contact Caroline Boswell at or the IDC at