Have you been looking for a way to . . .
Reenergize your teaching?
Reinvigorate some aspect of an existing course?
Revitalize student engagement in your classes?
If so, a Try It! Summer Mini-Grant may be just the thing for you.
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 & Learning is offering modest summer grants to fund small-scale pedagogical projects that can have an immediate impact on student learning and engagement.
Full-time SLU faculty who will be teaching during the 2014-2015 academic year are invited to apply. Grants of up to $1,000 are available for summer 2014 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.
We are not currently accepting proposals.
Details about the program can be found below, including: Eligibility Requirements, Grant Expectations, Eligible Projects/Expenses, Selection Criteria, and Proposal Guidelines. To see list of previous mini-grant recipients, click here.
The purpose of the Try It! Summer Mini-Grants is to spur thoughtful and engaged experimentation with one new pedagogical strategy or tool. In this way, the Reinert Center aims to support faculty members' development as teacher-scholars by promoting innovative thinking about and approaches to teaching, learning, and student engagement.
Awards are available to 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 2014-2015 academic year. Faculty who were previously awarded a Try It! Summer Mini-Grant may apply; however, priority consideration will be given to those who have not previously received this award.
Although most proposals will be submitted by individuals, inter- or intra-disciplinary projects that involve two or more faculty members are also encouraged. In such cases, supporting materials should include a statement specifying whether the applicants are requesting one grant split between them or multiple parallel grants. In either case, joint proposals will be judged by the same criteria as individual ones.
The grant award period is summer 2014, with the new tool or strategy being implemented in a class taught in fall 2014 or spring 2015. Grant expenses must be paid and any purchases received by the Reinert Center no later than June 30, 2014 (the end of the fiscal year). Consultations with Reinert Center staff may continue throughout the summer and into the 2014-2015 academic year as needed.
Successful recipients will be expected to: 1) spend awarded funds as proposed through the Reinert Center; 2) collaborate with Center staff to determine effective, evidence-based strategies for incorporating and assessing their new tool or strategy; 3) measure the effects of the experiment in some way; 4) submit a brief report of work done by the end of the summer; and 5) share the broad lessons they learn with the broader community. (The latter may be accomplished in a variety of ways, including but not limited to: submitting an article for publication, presenting at a disciplinary or pedagogical conference or at a Reinert Center event, contributing to the Center's regular blog and/or web resources, etc.) Please note: faculty who wish to make student data public as part of this dissemination may need to obtain IRB approval.
Try It! funds may be used to fund professional development and/or to purchase equipment or materials that enhance teaching effectiveness and student engagement and that would not otherwise be provided by the faculty member's home department. All funds must be spent in the current fiscal year.
Examples of past grant-funded expenses include:
Other possibilities may include:
Grant funds may not be used for: stipends or other payment to students, faculty, or staff; and/or expenses related to travel that will occur after June 30, 2014. Funds are not available to support future maintenance costs associated with regular wear and tear for grant-purchased items.Please Note: Any technology or equipment purchased is owned by Saint Louis University and must be returned to the Reinert Center in the event that a faculty member leaves the University.
The most competitive proposals will be those that articulate a single pedagogical innovation and clear rationale for "trying it"; demonstrate a clear need for the proposed grant-funded activities / items (i.e., funded materials are not available through existing campus resources or through regular professional and/or course development funds in the home department); and that seek to advance learner-centered instructional methods grounded in evidence-based research.
We are not currently accepting proposals.