The purpose of the Reinert Center's Inclusive Practice Grants is to support faculty communities of practice that can advance knowledge and use of inclusive teaching practices (defined below) at Saint Louis University.
The Call for Proposals is currently closed.
To see a list of funded projects, please click here.
Grants are available to SLU faculty members who hold teaching appointments in any academic department of the University and who are teaching at the University during the grant period. Funded projects will bring together groups of faculty members to advance knowledge and use of inclusive teaching practices within or across academic departments/programs. Project teams must be led by a full-time faculty member and must have at least two additional SLU faculty members (full-time or part-time/adjunct).
The types of projects funded vary based on the level of knowledge and experience of
project team members. Some projects may support faculty in exploring and developing
a working knowledge of inclusive pedagogies. Other projects may create opportunities
for faculty who are already knowledgeable about inclusive teaching to apply new pedagogies
in their courses/curricula. Still others may support the extension of existing inclusive
teaching projects already underway. Funded projects may address inclusive course/curriculum
design, inclusive teaching methods, and/or inclusive approaches to assessment.
Examples of fundable projects include (but are not limited to):
Grant funds may be used for books, materials, and other professional development resources; refreshments for events; and/or stipends for the project team leader and/or participants. Stipends may only be provided to current Saint Louis University full-time and part-time/adjunct faculty members; no funds may be used to pay students (whether undergraduate or graduate) or individuals not employed by SLU. Stipends will be processed by the Reinert Center; all other approved grant-funded expenses will be arranged by the project leader and reimbursed by the Reinert Center. Approved funds must be spent during the grant period.
The following expectations will apply to all funded projects:
The Reinert Center will prioritize projects that have the greatest potential for impact
beyond a single course/section of a course. By "impact" we mean the greatest potential
for faculty adoption of inclusive teaching practices and, by extension, more inclusive
learning environments for students. We also will seek to fund a diverse array of projects,
representing multiple disciplines, multiple approaches to inclusive teaching, and
projects representing different levels of expertise and/or previous experience.
In general, the strongest proposals will:
The Reinert Center considers inclusive teaching to be the intentional use of course design and teaching methods to create equitable learning environments where all learners can be successful, regardless of differences in identity, background, and ability. Inclusive practice involves an explicit commitment to recognizing and minimizing the potential for exclusion, in everything from syllabus design to assessment methods, from instructional strategies to classroom layout. We believe the commitment to inclusive teaching is continuously enacted, in small and large ways.
To learn more about inclusive teaching practices, see the Reinert Center's Inclusive Teaching Resources.