Full-time faculty members (visiting, tenure-track and tenured) may access funds to attend pedagogy conferences. If the faculty member is presenting at a pedagogy conference (including but not limited to presenting a poster or paper, running a workshop or participating on a panel), conference-related expenses will be reimbursed up to $1400. If the faculty member is attending and not presenting at the conference, reimbursement will be up to $1100. Each faculty member is eligible to attend one pedagogy conference per year. Requests should be for conferences dedicated to the improvement of teaching and learning that either cross disciplinary boundaries and focus on teaching, or for discipline-specific conferences devoted to the improvement of teaching and learning in that discipline. Requests for funding for faculty travel to professional disciplinary meetings that, along with the usual scholarly panels, also contain a small number of sessions on pedagogical issues, are not eligible for this funding, and should be funded through the regular professional travel process in the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs’ office. Funds are limited, so plan requests accordingly.
The Instructional Minigrant Program seeks to support teaching by making funds available for innovative activities and pedagogies that fall outside of a department’s or program’s operating budget. Instructional Minigrants provide quick access to modest funds (maximum $500) for small-scale projects. Faculty are eligible to receive one mini-grant per fiscal year. Funds may be used to revise aspects, strategies, or procedures of current courses, develop new courses, add new activities/approaches to courses, or to assess curricular needs. Any questions about proposals can be directed to the Associate Dean's Office (xt. 5998).