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Faculty Teaching Group Grants

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, in partnership with the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, is pleased to provide this grant program to support faculty members who would like to explore a topic related to higher education teaching and learning in a small and interactive learning community. The primary goals of this grant program are 1) to encourage faculty members to form collaborative support networks within or outside of their home departments and colleges and 2) to encourage exploration and discovery related to teaching and learning in higher education.

Groups will receive a $2,000 grant toward their proposed goals. Approximately five grants will be funded each year.

The program supports the exploration of a range of topics related to teaching and learning. For example, the 2020-2021 Faculty Teaching Groups' topics included 

  • supporting/mentoring early career university teachers,
  • incorporating R programming and data analytics in the classroom,
  • exploring teaching and learning practices using telemedicine in clinical veterinary and medical education programs,
  • building an online community among students, and
  • creating a discipline-specific and university teaching-focused learning community with an emphasis on peer observation and reflection.

Proposals for this grant program should be submitted electronically with this Google Form on or before September 1, 2021, for consideration. The form also includes more details about the proposal process and grant program. Proposal evaluation criteria and example proposals are provided below.

Proposals will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • Creation of a collaborative support network of faculty
  • Advancement of faculty members’ teaching goals
  • Development of the group members’ understanding, exploration, and discovery of best practices for teaching and learning in higher education
  • Articulation of clear and achievable goals for the group
  • Positive impact on the individuals, group, and broader teaching and learning community at Virginia Tech (and possibly beyond)

The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost maintains the Faculty Writing Group Grant program, which supports faculty groups focused on research and writing productivity. More information about the Faculty Writing Group Grant program can be found on the program's website.

 

Example: Group A

Goal: To explore effective teaching and learning practices in winter session courses

Group members will meet regularly to discuss the challenges and opportunities for teaching in the compressed, winter session format. The group will identify several challenges to explore in-depth, and the group members will volunteer to lead monthly meetings for discussion and resource sharing on each topic. The group will meet three times in the fall semester and three times in the spring semester. This work will result in a list of best practices for teaching and learning in winter session to be shared with the group members and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning to be distributed to the university-wide teaching community.

Participants

  • Faculty Member A: Department of Accounting and Information Sciences (Pamplin)
  • Faculty Member B: Department of Chemistry (COS)
  • Faculty Member C: Department of Communication (CLAHS)
  • Faculty Member D: Department of Computer Science (COE)
  • Faculty Member E: Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation (CALS)

Estimated Budget*

  • Professional development funds for each member: $200 x 5 = $1,000
  • Books: $500
  • Food for six meetings: $500
  • Total: $2,000

*All expenditures must be in accordance with Virginia Tech policies and procedures.

 

Example: Group B

Goal: To explore strategies for effectively incorporating peer mentoring into courses

Group members will explore ways to successfully create, implement, and sustain a peer mentoring program at the course level. Members of the group plan to read a common book on peer mentoring on higher education, and each member will lead a meeting throughout the semester. In addition, the group members plan to register for an online workshop about best practices for peer mentoring programs. In addition to participating in the workshop, the group will meet three times during the fall semester and three times in the spring semester. The primary outcome of the group’s work is for each member to have a plan for developing or improving a peer mentoring component for his or her course.

Participants

  • Faculty Member A: Department of Philosophy (CLAHS)
  • Faculty Member B: Department of Computer Science (COE)
  • Faculty Member C: School of Neuroscience (COS)
  • Faculty Member D: Industrial Design (CAUS)
  • Faculty Member E: Department of Mechanical Engineering (COE)

Estimated Budget*

  • Online workshop registration for each member: $300 x 5 = $1,500
  • Common reading book for each member: $50 x 5 = $250
  • Refreshments for six meetings = $250
  • Total: $2,000

*All expenditures must be in accordance with Virginia Tech policies and procedures.