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Teaching for Impact Grants

The Teaching for Impact Grants support teaching faculty to create best-practices to enhance undergraduate education, with a focus on supporting improved student learning. The grants are $500, and assist faculty in incorporating simple active-learning and student-learning strategies into their courses. Faculty members of general education and/or large enrollment courses are especially encouraged to apply. Funds can be used in the purchase of materials, supplies, equipment or for research/conference funds.

For faculty members interested in obtaining a Teaching for Impact Grant, they will need to submit a grant application. The deadline for the 2017 – 2018 academic year has already passed. However, the Teaching and Learning Center encourages you to review the grant responsibilities and the application submission requirements  below in order to prepare for the 2018 – 2019 application process. We predict the 2018 – 2019 application process will open in November 2018. Once that date is established, it will be listed on this webpage.


Grant responsibilities

For the grant, teaching faculty will focus on an existing course or a particular unit within a course (defined as a coherent portion of the course–such as a few weeks).   Faculty will add structured class activities and learning strategies for students as needed that lead to an assessment, such as a test or assignment for the concept / content being taught.

Recipients receive the grant upon having provided the following:

  1. Grant recipients are required to review the consent form (with the option to withdraw) and complete a short survey upon the start of the program.
  2. Faculty attend a three hour workshop at the start of the semester, at which time they will receive grant planning support (and are welcome to seek further help as needed during the semester).
  3. Faculty communicate to students a short survey at the start of the course and then an end-of-course 10-15 minute student survey. Information will be provided by the TennTLC on how to administer the survey (and we can do the administration if desired).

At the start of the program, faculty will receive information about both the research and the reporting to be done for the program overall. Faculty will choose to participate in the national research project or chose to have survey and other project information used for internal UT reports only. Faculty will receive a personalized, private report of the student survey for their own class.  Note: If difficult circumstances arise, and faculty have started the grant work but cannot complete it, the faculty member would be pro-rated for half of the grant.

Instructions for application

Please include the following:

  1. Your intention in participating by explicitly incorporating small changes in active and engaged learning strategies to promote student retention and enhance progression towards a degree.
  2. In particular, describe how this program might meet existing or possible barriers to learning and provide further support for student retention and/or progression in learning and success.

Please email the above to the Teaching and Learning Center at tenntlc@utk.edu, with the email headline, “Teaching for Impact.”In the email, please include your full name, your department, your department’s IRIS account number, a departmental budget contact, the course title and number, the session/semester the course will be taught, the course designation (general education or major course), learning outcomes and projected enrollment.

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