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FUNDING INNOVATIONS IN TEACHING (FIT) MINI-GRANT PROGRAM

* Apply by November 7, 2016, if your expenses will be covered by September 30, 2017.

PRINTABLE FIT APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

What is FIT?

FIT provides funding to LSSU faculty members for implementing innovative or best practices in teaching and learning. Funding comes from LSSU’s Title III SIP Grant and thus FIT projects must help further the Title III grant’s overall goal of enhancing student retention and graduation rates. In other words, the proposed project must help one or more faculty members develop and evaluate innovative approaches to teaching that are designed to increase student success.

Priority will be given to projects that demonstrate intent to implement new and innovative teaching practices. Applicants are encouraged to show cost sharing on their proposed idea. For more information about the Title III grant, see the Appendix A.

How much can I request?

Awards are generally made in amounts ranging from $500 to $3000, with the goal of funding as many qualifying projects as possible. Projects are typically one semester or one year in length.

Who can apply for funding?

FIT Grants are open to all full time faculty (both tenure and non-tenure track) and are available for both individual faculty members and faculty working as teams. Part-time and adjunct faculty interested in submitting a project are encouraged to partner with full time faculty.

How is the funding awarded?

Each semester, the Faculty Center will issue a call for proposals to the LSSU faculty. The following examples illustrate the type of projects appropriate for the FIT program:

  • Use of computer simulation-based case studies as a “Learn Before Lecture” activity to enhance student engagement in a course. Students will explore concepts in an engaging, real-life setting and thus come to class better prepared to learn the underlying theory and concepts.
  • A community based academic service learning project for a college algebra class to assist staff at the Community Action Agency to quantify trends in the needs of the Meals on Wheels Program. Students will put what they learn to immediate practical applications and thus learn it better.
  • Attending the teaching track at a discipline-specific academic conference. Professor will learn best practices for teaching specific topics within his/her discipline and apply them in class.

Proposals will be judged on the basis of the criteria below:

  • Application of the practice with students in a specific setting (e.g., a particular class or experiential project) and impact on student learning.
  • Appropriate and effective use of the funds, including cost sharing.
  • Basis in evidence for the practice.
  • Extensibility/potential impact of the practice to other faculty members.
  • Cross disciplinary potential for application.
  • Statement of measurable outcomes and quality of the plan for evaluating those outcomes.
  • Sustainability of the practice beyond this funding.
  • FCT engagement.
  • History of FIT awards.

How do I apply?

Complete and submit the following no later than November 7, 2016:

  • A completed application form.
  • A travel reimbursement voucher estimating your expenses and including supervisory approval for travel. The travel reimbursement voucher can be found on the Business Office webpage: http://www.lssu.edu/busoff/travel.php
  • P-cards are the preferred stream of funding expenses related to the FIT award. Please contact the FCT Admin Coordinator for more information.

Applications can be submitted to: Faculty Center for Teaching c/o the Co-Coordinators:

Cathy Chaput (cchaput@lssu.edu) or Joe Susi (jsusi@lssu.edu).

Submission and Approval Process

Any interested faculty member or project team should submit their proposal to Faculty Center for Teaching c/o the Co-Coordinators, Cathy Chaput (cchaput@lssu.edu) or Joe Susi (jsusi@lssu.edu).

The Faculty Center workgroup under the guidance of the Faculty Center Co-Coordinators will assess the proposals and make the awards per the affirmation of the Title III Steering Committee. You will be notified of the decision made via email.

What happens after the Project is complete?

Successful awardees will be expected to provide a written report to the Faculty Center regarding the implementation of the practice. A subsequent brown bag will be scheduled for you to share knowledge gained, evaluations and assessment results, as well as best practices and results from the FIT award.

Tips:

Faculty members considering making an application for FIT grants are encouraged to contact the Faculty Center Co-Coordinators to discuss their idea.

Faculty Center for Teaching Workgroup Members:

  • Dr. Cathy Chaput, Assistant Professor Education, FCT Co-Coordinator
  • Dr. Joseph D. Susi II, Professor, Athletic Training, FCT Co-Coordinator
  • Ms. Julie Barbour, Assistant Professor, English
  • Mr. Marc Boucher, Director, Shouldice Library
  • Dr. Gail Essmaker, Learning Technologist, Faculty Center for Teaching/ Learning Commons
  • Mr. Herbert Henderson, Associate Professor Criminal Justice
  • Dr. Barbara Light, Assistant Professor, Education
  • Dr. Joseph Moening, Associate Professor, Engineering
  • Dr. Kristina Olson-Pupek, Associate Professor, Psychology
  • Ms. Sarah Ouimette, Assistant Professor, Athletic Training
  • Dr. Mary Reyonlds-Keegan, Assistant Professor, Nursing
  • Dr. Gregory Zimmerman, Professor, Biology

Title III Steering Committee Members:

  • Shelley Wooley, Project Director
  • Vacant, Activities Director
  • Cathy Chaput, FCT Co-Coordinator
  • Joseph D. Susi II, FCT Co-Coordinator
  • Gail Essmaker, FCT/SLC Learning Technologist
  • Vacant, FCT Administrative Support Coordinator
  • Marc Boucher, Library Director
  • Matt Jurvelin, Vice President Enrollment Services and Student Affairs
  • David Myton, Associate Provost
  • Geralyn Narkiewicz, Academic Services Director
  • Nancy Neve, Registrar
  • Sandy Hope, ESP Representative

 

ORIGINS

In 2013, as part of a Title III proposal, the LSSU Faculty Center for Teaching was established with the goal of providing resources for faculty to improve teaching.


 

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