Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning (CETAL)

Funding Innovations in Teaching (FIT) Mini-Grant Program

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What is FIT?

FIT provides funding to LSSU faculty members for implementing innovative or best practices in teaching and learning.  FIT initiatives must help further the overall goal of enhancing student retention and graduation rates.  The proposed initiative must help one or more faculty members develop and evaluate innovative approaches to teaching that are designed to increase student success.

How much can I request?

Awards are generally made in amounts ranging from $500 to $3,000, with the goal of funding as many qualifying initiatives as possible.  Initiatives are typically one semester to 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 an initiative are encouraged to partner with full time faculty.

How is funding awarded?

Each semester, the Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning (CETAL) will issue a call for proposals to the LSSU faculty.  Proposals are submitted to the CETAL Work Group.  The Work Group, under the guidance of the CETAL Co-Coordinators, will assess the proposals and make the awards.  Applicants will be notified of the decision made via a letter sent in campus mail.

The following examples illustrate the type of initiatives 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 following criteria:

  • 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.
  • CETAL engagement.
  • History of FIT awards.

How do I apply?

Complete and submit the following by the deadline for the given semester:

  • 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 web page.
  • P-Cards are the preferred stream of funding expenses related to the FIT award.  Please contact the CETAL Administrative Support Coordinator for more information.

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

 Cathy Chaput ( or Jue Susi (

What happens after the Initiative is complete?

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


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

Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning Work Group Members:

  • Dr. Cathy Chaput, Assistant Professor Education, CETAL Co-Coordinator
  • Dr. Joseph D. Susi II, Professor, Athletic Training, CETAL Co-Coordinator
  • Ms. Julie Barbour, Assistant Professor, English
  • Mr. Marc Boucher, Director, Shouldice Library
  • Dr. Gail Essmaker, Associate Director, Academic Services
  • 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 Reynolds-Keegan, Assistant Professor, Nursing


In 2013, as part of the Title III proposal, the LSSU Faculty Center for Teaching was established with the goal of providing resources for faculty to improve teaching.  In 2018, the FCT evolved into our current Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning (CETAL).