C-TELCenter for Teaching Excellence and Learning

Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning (C-TEL)

Our temporary location

206 Mabee Library | Washburn University | 785.670.2546

APPLICATION DEADLINE

March 30, 2014 (for activities carried out 7/1/2014 - 6/30/2015)

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Grants and Awards

C-TEL SMALL GRANTS

Would you like to attend a conference to learn more about current trends in teaching in higher education?  Would you like to incorporate the use of smart phones into your classroom activities? Do you want to develop a course that allows students to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways?  Do you want to conduct focused evaluation and assessment of your course to better understand how well students are learning the things you want them to know?

The Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning (C-TEL) accepts proposals for small grants from full-time and part-time faculty and full time staff to support their teaching efforts.  The purpose of this program is to supply the faculty and staff with necessary resources to improve their delivery of instruction and student learning.  Grant applications are welcome from individuals as well as groups of faculty, staff, units or departments.

The C-TEL Small Grant Committee considers requests for funding to support (1) attending teaching conferences, workshops or on-line trainings; (2) hardware or software purchases to enhance teaching; (3) stipends to revise or create a course or program that substantially incorporates the use of new technology, promotes diversity and inclusive practices, or enhances the use of high impact practices; or (4) research projects in the area of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) that benefit instruction.  Faculty and staff can request up to $2000 in support.

In keeping with the mission of the University and the inception of Vision 2022, C-TEL encourages and prioritizes proposals whose goal is to explore learning-centered teaching practices that emphasize active learning and/or increase student engagement.  Projects must include a specific plan for the assessment of the impact of proposed activities on student learning.

Full-time and part-time faculty and full-time staff members are eligible to apply for funding of up to $2000 once each academic year (July 1 - June 30).  Proposals from individuals who have not received funding within the previous two years will be given top priority for consideration.  Other proposals will then be considered based upon the availability of remaining funds.

Members of the committee awarding grants will base their decisions on the following:

  • Priority is given to proposals whose goal is to employ or explore learning-centered teaching practices that emphasize active learning and increase student engagement.
  • Projects (except conference attendance) must include a plan for systematic assessment of the impact of activities on student learning.
  • Individuals who attend conferences must present a concrete plan about how they will share the knowledge they gain ( ie. prepare and present C-TEL Workshop) with the general faculty.
  • If the proposed project does not articulate well with the mission of C-TEL, faculty and staff will be directed to more appropriate sources of funding to support their proposed activities.

The committee evaluates C-TEL Small Grant proposals twice during the fall semester for the current academic year, and once during the spring semester for proposals between July 1 through June 30 of the next year.  The Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs publishes these deadlines at the beginning of each academic year.  Deadlines will also be posted on the University Calendar as well as the C-TEL web site.

C-TEL Small Grant Application

A PDF of the Small Grant Application form is available in the left column of this web site.  To request a MSWord version of the C-TEL Small Grant application contact Joan Bayens in the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs: joan.bayens@washburn.edu

Innovative Teaching Awards

On an annual basis C-TEL will consider nominations of individuals and groups who have made outstanding innovations in one of the central pillars that structure the work of the Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning.  Nominees will be considered in the areas of Diversity, High Impact Practices, Teaching and Technology, Assessment, and Co-curricular Activities.  Nominations are due in December and awards will be announced at a special C-TEL reception in March.

Innovative Teaching Nominations

A PDF of the Innovative Teaching Nomination form is available in the left column of this web site.  To request an MSWord version of the nomination form please contact Joan Bayens (joan.bayens@washburn.edu) in the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.