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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 30 of the current academic year. Funds can be paid as a stipend or 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:
Faculty stipends to support the development of innovative teaching strategies, ensuring that the creation ofthese strategies require time/resources that are above and beyond the typical or expected teaching load Faculty stipends to support typical or expected teaching load
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 four pages (double-spaced, 12-point type) and include the following information:

  1. A project description
  2. The project's goals in detail
  3. Explanation of how the project relates to teaching enhancement. Specific examples are required.
  4. An implementation time line for the project.
  5. If attending a conference or workshop, please include the website link.

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 Mathew Dornbush at or the IDC at