Faculty Center for Teaching (FCT)
FUNDING INNOVATIONS IN TEACHING (FIT) MINI-GRANT PROGRAM
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 involve an ‘on-the-ground’ implementation (as opposed to simply ‘learning more about’) a practice. Priority will also be given to those applicants who show investment in the form of cost sharing on their proposed idea. For more information about the Title III grant, see the Appendix A.
How much can I request?
Funding is available to support up to $3,000 per project. Projects that exceed this amount will be considered upon review of additional justification. Projects are typically one semester or one year in length. Funding is available for all five years of the Title III project (beginning in 2014).
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. If you attend a conference, you will have to report what you learned and how you are applying it to your classroom.
Faculty members considering making an application for FIT funds are encouraged to contact the Faculty Center Co-Coordinators to discuss the idea.
Any interested faculty member or project team should submit the proposal to the Faculty Center Workgroup for consideration. The Faculty Center workgroup will select projects for recommendation to the Title III Steering Committee which makes the final decision for Title III expenditures. The workgroup or the Steering Committee may recommend that a proposal be revised and resubmitted.
Proposals will be awarded based on a ranking system using the following criteria:
Application of the practice with students in a specific setting (e.g., a particular class or experiential project).
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.
Statement of measurable outcomes and quality of the plan for evaluating those outcomes.
Sustainability of the practice beyond this funding.
Connection to the overall goal of improving student retention and graduation rates.
Past participation with FCT events.
Successful awardees will be expected to provide a written report to the Faculty Center regarding the implementation of the practice and results of the evaluation of the practice and to present the results in a Faculty Center seminar. In the past, awardees have presented in an informal brown bag session.
How do I apply?
Complete and submit the following no later than [Deadline will be posted here for Fall 2015 mini-grants]:
- A completed application form.
- A travel reimbursement voucher estimating your expenses and including supervisory approval for travel. (Please note: if traveling, you will be responsible for your expenses up front and will be reimbursed upon return.) The travel reimbursement voucher can be found on the Business Office webpage: http://www.lssu.edu/busoff/travel.php
Applications can be submitted to: Faculty Center for Teaching c/o Krystle Gerzetich, FCT Administrative Support Coordinator, LBR 104 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Center for Teaching Workgroup Members:
- Joe Susi, Co-Director
- Cathy Chaput, Co-Director
- Julie Barbour
- Herb Henderson
- Jodi Hunter
- Mary Reynolds-Keegan
- Barb Light
- Joe Moening
- Kristina Olson-Pupek
- Sarah Ouimette
- Greg Zimmerman
- Gail Essmaker
Title III Steering Committee
- Shelley Wooley, Project Director
- Beverly Haske, Activities Director
- FCT Administrative Support Coordinator
- Geralyn Narkiewicz
- David Myton
- Cathy Chaput
- Joe Susi
- Sandy Hope
- Gail Essmaker
- Marc Boucher
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.