Grant Application Guidelines

Applications should be submitted electronically using our online application form. Read below for complete details about the application process.

Application Format

Applications must include:

  • Project Proposal: a 500-750 word description of the project and its benefit to the Stonehill community. Proposals must include the following:
    • Project Description: a detailed description of the project/activity being proposed (include a timeline if appropriate) and the pedagogical question it is meant to address;
    • Benefit: an explanation of the anticipated benefit(s) the project/activity will have for the campus community (you may address benefits for your professional development, for departmental or campus-wide initiatives, for student learning, etc.);
    • Community Outreach Plans: specific plans for how you will share your experience with the campus community (see further details below);
  • Budget: a detailed budget explaining how the funds will be spent (be as specific as possible: "misc." is not an acceptable category);
  • Bibliography: for the SOTL Research Grant, a bibliography must be included detailing the scholarship informing the proposal. Other grant proposals may include a bibliography if appropriate.
  • Syllabus (optional): If the project is related to a specific course, a syllabus can also be included.

For projects that involve research with human subjects, it is also highly recommended that you first discuss your project with the Director of Academic Development to determine what steps are necessary to secure IRB approval.

Application Review

Grants are reviewed by the CTL's Faculty Advisory Board, who then make recommendations to the CTL Director for final approval. Applicants will be notified of final decisions by mail (to their campus mailboxes).  Proposals will be evaluated based on:

  • the clarity and persuasiveness of the proposal (e.g. is the budget clearly delineated and reasonable given the project goals? does the project address an obvious pedagogical need?);
  • the degree to which the project will benefit the recipient and the larger Stonehill community (e.g. how will the project enhance teaching and learning at Stonehill?); and
  • the likelihood of successful and timely completion of the proposed project.

Except as related to the SOTL Research Grant, funds cannot be used to provide stipends to faculty for time spent on the project.

Pedagogical Focus

Successful proposals typically are focused on addressing the "how" and "why" of teaching rather than the "what."  In other words, we are most interested in proposals that seek to address questions of pedagogy rather than course content.  Proposals focused solely on course content development are typically not funded.  That said, proposals seeking to investigate innovative approaches to teaching particular content are welcome.

"Community Outreach"

Proposals in all categories are required to articulate a plan for sharing project findings and/or outcomes with members of either the Stonehill community or the larger academic community. These plans for "community outreach" can be informal events; what is important is that they open up opportunities for others to learn from the grant recipient's experience. Some examples of possible outreach activities might be: a presentation at a department meeting, a break-out session at Academic Development Day, a poster at the Teaching and Technology Showcase, or submission to a publication (such as a pedagogy newsletter or a peer-reviewed journal).

Deadlines

Due dates for completed online applications are as follows:

  • SOTL Research Grant: May 1
  • Classroom Innovation Grant: November 1 & May 1
  • Pedagogy Travel Grant: the 1st of every month

Regardless of submission date, all projects that receive grant funding must be completed prior to June 30th of the funded year.

Eligibility

All faculty (full- and part-time) are eligible for the Classroom Innovation Grant and Pedagogy Travel Grant. Only full-time faculty are eligible for the SOTL Research Grant. Faculty may submit applications in more than one grant category, provided that the proposed projects are sufficiently distinct from each other.
Preference is given to applicants who have not received CTL grant funding in the past.

Funding

Grants are funded by the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Office of Instructional Technology. Depending on the needs of the project, funding may be in the form of reimbursement or direct payment to a vendor/service/individual, payment of conference fees, and/or travel. Individual operation plans will be managed in conjunction with the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Questions

For additional information or to receive feedback on a proposal draft, please contact Stacy Grooters, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning (x1324).