Large-scale transformation can be a daunting prospect and a complete course redesign isn't always feasible. That's why the Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning is piloting a new grant program this summer to spur thoughtful experimentation with just one new pedagogical tool or strategy.
The Try It! Summer Mini-Grant funds may be used to purchase equipment or materials that enhance teaching effectiveness or student engagement. Grant funds may not be used for stipends or other payment to students, faculty or staff; or expenses related to travel. Grants of up to $1,500 are available for summer 2013 and can be applied to a range of materials and technologies that support student learning and engagement. Grant recipients will work closely with a member of the Reinert Center to determine effective ways to incorporate one new strategy or tool into their teaching and will share what they learn from their experiment with the broader SLU community.
Through this initiative, the Center aims to support faculty members' development as teacher-scholars by promoting innovative thinking about and approaches to teaching, learning and student engagement. The program is designed to fund small-scale pedagogical projects that can have an immediate impact on student learning and engagement.
Full-time SLU faculty who hold permanent appointments in any department of the University and who will be continuing in their faculty positions for at least the 2013-2014 academic year are invited to apply. Although most proposals will be submitted by individuals, inter- or intra-disciplinary projects that involve two or more faculty members are encouraged.
The grant award period is summer 2013, with the new tool or strategy to be implemented in a class taught in fall 2013 or spring 2014. Grant purchases must be made and received by the CTTL no later than June 30 (the end of the fiscal year). However, consultations with Reinert Center staff may continue throughout the summer and into the 2013-2014 academic year as needed.
Proposals are due Monday, May 20. For more information about the Try It! mini-grants, including the proposal guidelines, visit the Reinert Center website.