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Teaching for Innovation Grants

Through our partnership with individual academic colleges and University Libraries, the Teaching Innovation Grants provide seed-money for course redesign and implementation costs to enhance undergraduate education (particularly in core lower-division, general education or high-enrollment courses). Teaching Innovation Grants are $3500 each and may be used for the purchase of materials, supplies and/or as a partial summer salary supplement.

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


Teaching for Innovation Grant Proposals

Successful proposals will explicitly incorporate evidence-based active and engaged learning strategies to promote student retention and enhance progression towards a degree. Faculty who have an experiential learning course design in mind are encouraged to direct their submission to the Faculty Support Initiative Grant.

Proposal submission requirements: 

  1. Project description (maximum 5 pages), which must include:
    • How the project will address barriers to student retention and/or progression
    • Expected student learning outcomes consistent with program learning outcomes
    • Formative and summative assessment methods
    • Anticipated work plan and budget
  1. Letter of support from the department head
  2. Current CV
  3. Current syllabus (or description, if a new course)

Proposals and supporting materials should be submitted to Dr. Stan Guffey at sguffey@utk.edu. Faculty are encouraged to contact the Teaching and Learning Center when planning and developing grant proposals if they require assistance.

Project completion requirements: 

Teaching Innovation Grant recipients will report on the results of the grant upon completion of their course, providing documentation of the results of the course redesign or enhancement.

Faculty recipients may complete their report as either a Presentation Poster or a Final Report addressing the rationale and context of the project, as well as the results and discussion of assessments and success in meeting redesign objectives, student learning outcomes and Vol Vision strategic priorities.

Poster Option:

  • Printable poster file in a format suitable for web display and conference presentation addressing the elements outlined above.
  • 1 – 2 page project summary
  • Relevant artifacts from the course, such as a redesigned syllabus, lesson plans, sample student work, and student feedback
  • Plan for dissemination of the project to include conference presentation, journal submission, internal papers, college/department seminars, etc.

Final Report Option:

  • 1 – 2 page project summary
  • Full report as outlined above
  • Relevant artifacts from the course, such as a redesigned syllabus, lesson plans, sample student work, and student feedback
  • Plan for dissemination of the project to include conference presentation, journal submission, internal papers, college/department seminars, etc.

Faculty are encouraged to prepare a manuscript for submission to a general or discipline-specific higher education journal and consider external opportunities for grant submission.

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