Innovation in Teaching and Learning

INNOVATIONS IN TEACHING AND LEARNING GRANTS

Thanks to generous gifts provided specifically for this purpose, President George Bridges and Interim Provost and Dean of the Faculty Pat Spencer are pleased to announce the seventh round of requests for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (ITL) grant proposals. These grants are intended to support projects that are to be initiated during the 2015-2016 academic year. The deadline for receipt of proposals is January 23, 2015. The three primary goals of ITL grants are: 1) to enhance the quality, while also expanding the range and accessibility, of learning experiences offered to Whitman students; 2) to provide faculty and staff with opportunities, dedicated resources, and/or time to develop improvements in teaching, learning and advising; and 3) to cultivate linkages among diverse elements of the academic program, curricular as well as co-curricular. All faculty members develop new courses or make revisions to existing courses in order to keep up with advances in the field and make changes in readings, assignments or other course aspects to better meet the needs of students in a course. These grants are intended to support pedagogical changes that have special resource needs and/or take faculty members into pedagogical research beyond their areas of expertise, perhaps involving collaboration with multiple other faculty or staff members. Descriptions of previous ITL-funded projects can be located at the end of this document. A few examples of the kinds of projects funded are:

  • Faculty and/or staff members seek to develop ways to enable our students to think across disciplinary boundaries and/or to make connections between what they learn inside as well as outside the classroom.
  • Faculty and/or staff members seek to develop programs that cultivate in our students diverse forms of literacy, including but not limited to quantitative reasoning, written, oral, and performative expression as well as modes of media and technological literacy.
  • Faculty and/or staff members seek to develop new forms of technologically-enhanced learning.
  • Faculty and/or staff members seek to develop new approaches to academic advising.
  • A department or interdisciplinary program seeks to design and adopt a program of portfolios for its majors, design a gateway or capstone course, or overhaul a lab experience.
  • Faculty and/or staff members seek to develop and test new approaches for assessing the quality of student learning.

ITL grants cannot be employed to support departments or interdisciplinary programs that include a domestic or international short-term off-campus study experience for students. If you are interested in such a program, please contact Susan Holme, Director of OCS.

Guidelines for 2015-2016 Innovation in Teaching and Learning Grant Proposals

Grants will be awarded only to those projects that have the potential to effect significant transformations in the learning experiences of Whitman students. Grants will typically range from $500-$10,000 (although grants for larger amounts will be considered if exceptional need can be demonstrated and justified). Grant awards may be expended over a period of up to two years. After two years unused funds will be returned to the pool for new grants. ITL grants may not be renewed. Successful projects created using ITL grants may be continued beyond the project period with support from external sources (grants or donor gifts) or a request initiated through the annual college budget process.

In addition to the cover form (see below), applications should not exceed five (5) typed pages and should include the following items:

  1. An application cover form available for download here (ITL Cover Page (.pdf) or ITL Cover Page (.doc)).
  2. A description of the project you intend to pursue, including an indication of how that project is related to existing courses, curricular objectives, and/or programs of study.
  3. A rationale for the project that aligns it with one or more of the three primary purposes of the ITL grant program (see above).
  4. A budget form detailing projected expenditures and a timeline for completing the project (see below for more details).
  5. A description of the expected results or products of the project (e.g. revised course syllabus; planned off-campus experiences; technological innovations; etc.).
  6. An indication of what would be required, in terms of staffing, funding, and/or other resources in order to render the results of an ITL grant sustainable for three to five years following completion of the project supported by the grant.
  7. A plan for assessing the results of the proposed project that addresses one or more of the primary goals of ITL grants (see above). The assessment techniques should be meaningful and concrete, but may be qualitative and/or quantitative.

Submit an electronic copy of the application (including the application cover form) to Susan Bennett, Executive Assistant in the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty (bennetsk@whitman.edu). Please include an updated copy of the CV or resume of each participant.

Budget Guidelines

Support may be requested for travel expenses; conference registration; supplies and equipment; and stipends.

If you are requesting a stipend (maximum of $3,000), describe an outline of your intended work over the grant period, providing specific reference to the time you foresee being necessary to devote to your project. As with the CDLTI, the expectation is that a project entailing about twenty hours of faculty time is equivalent to a stipend of $1,000. We recognize that it can be difficult to quantify the time devoted to research projects, but you should be able to provide a sense of the scope of your project by detailing the time you foresee being necessary.

Any equipment purchased with ITL funds will become the property of Whitman College.

Allowable domestic travel expenses may include lodging; ground transportation; registration costs; food; airfare for coach rate only; and mileage reimbursed at current IRS rate. Because of our remote location, a local travel agency can typically get a better fare than an on-line booking service. Two local agencies, Travel Leaders (formerly Greg Jones Travel) and World Wide Travel, will bill the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty directly.

There is a maximum food allowance of $75 a day for travel. Please note that Whitman College does not reimburse on a per diem basis; original receipts are required for all reimbursements. Requests for student travel to present at a conference as a result of an ITL grant should be included in the request.

Selection Process

Proposals will be reviewed by the Steering Committee of the Center for Teaching and Learning, and that Committee will advance recommendations to the Provost and Dean of the Faculty.

Preference in selection will be given to proposals submitted by tenured and tenure-track faculty, Senior Lecturers and/or full-time staff members. Participation by other members of the instructional and support staff requires a paragraph explaining how such participation will enhance the ongoing academic program of the College.

Follow-Up

All grant recipients must submit a written report, not to exceed five pages in length, within three months following completion of any given project. Reports should be submitted to the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty, c/o Susan Bennett (bennetsk@whitman.edu). These reports will be made available for viewing on this website. At minimum, in addition to any other pertinent issues, written reports should address the following questions in light of the three primary goals of ITL grants (see above):

  • Did recipients complete what they set out to complete?
  • What are the products of their efforts in terms of content, format, and public dissemination?
  • Do any of these have potential long-term positive effects on the curriculum or academic program more generally?
  • How many students were directly involved or indirectly impacted by the grant?
  • Did the project enhance the quality of learning experiences offered to students?
  • What evidence do you have that demonstrates impact on student learning (if applicable)?
  • What were the limitations or failings of this project, and how, in retrospect, might they have been better addressed or remedied?

Final reports will be reviewed by the Steering Committee of the Center for Teaching and Learning, and no future proposals for ITL grants will be considered if a report from an earlier ITL supported project remains un-submitted.

Lastly, grant recipients will present the results of their project to the campus community in the Faculty Forum, a Center for Teaching and Learning program, or some other community forum within one year of its completion.

Please direct any questions you may have about ITL grants to Susan Bennett, Executive Assistant to the Provost and Dean of the Faculty Office (bennetsk@whitman.edu); Pat Spencer, Interim Provost and Dean of the Faculty (spencerp@whitman.edu) and/or Lisa Perfetti, Associate Dean for Faculty Development (perfetlr@whitman.edu).

Previous Grant Recipients:

2014 Innovation in Teaching and Learning grant recipients
2013 Innovation in Teaching and Learning grant recipients
2012 Innovation in Teaching and Learning grant recipients
2010 Innovation in Teaching and Learning grant recipients
2009 Innovation in Teaching and Learning grant recipients
2007 Innovation in Teaching and Learning grant recipients