Professional Development Grants

2021-2022 Call for Proposals

Teaching and Learning in the “New Normal”

One of the objectives in the DWR’s 2018-2022 Strategic Plan is to “Support Faculty and Staff Development and Promote Teaching Excellence.” To support continuous improvement and professional development for our faculty, the department is pleased to welcome proposals for Summer 2021 Professional Development Mini-Grants.

This year’s grants will fund teacher-to-teacher knowledge building and professional development instead of large-scale revisions to DWR courses. One of the things the pandemic highlighted is the critical roles community building and professional development play in sustaining good pedagogy and teacher growth. Despite the difficult circumstances of the last year, the few teacher-led workshops that took place had broader attendance and greater engagement than ever before. As the teaching and learning environment returns to “normal” in Fall 2021, it is important to hold on to and share what we learned.

In that spirit of sharing, we welcome grant applicants to propose workshops with accompanying resource collections that facilitate teacher-to-teacher knowledge building. These workshops would be scheduled for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 with two primary goals:

  1. To start conversations and inspire discussions among colleagues about innovations in pedagogy, educational technology, and scholarship.

2. To collect and curate resources to advance collective knowledge and inspire others in the future. Interested faculty are invited to apply for a Course Enhancement Mini-Grant to propose a workshop or similar event to take place during the 2021-2022 academic year. Workshop topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Evaluation and discussion of a digital teaching tool

  • Guided discussion of scholarship

  • Demonstration of an assignment, activity, or course unit

  • Presentation of ongoing research related to teaching and learning

  • Introduction of a community-based project related to the work of the DWR

  • Successful grant applicants will receive $400 in development funds and exclusive time and support from the DWR Instructional Designer, Andrew Davis.

Application Information

Interested faculty should submit a grant application by May 3, 2021. The application form contains the following sections:

  1. Presentation/Workshop Category
    • Technology

    • Pedagogy

    • Research

    • Community

  2. Detailed narrative including the following:
    • Description of workshop

    • Alignment to the DWR’s mission and vision

    • Benefits and Feasibility for DWR Faculty

    • Description of resources and materials to be shared

    • Assessment and feedback mechanisms

  3. Timeline and Workshop Scheduling
    • Preference for Fall or Spring Semester and tentative availability

    • Preference for face-to-face or virtual delivery

Screening of Applications

Applications will be evaluated based on potential to generate conversation and knowledge building among faculty. Applications will be screened using the following rubric:






Application Completeness: Does the grant application include all required components? Are important details missing?





Mission and Vision: Does the proposed workshop advance the mission and vision of the DWR? Does it build knowledge that will make DWR faculty better at what they do?





Benefits and Feasibility: Does the workshop content add measurable value for DWR faculty? Is the proposed topic relevant to a significant number of faculty? Will faculty be able to apply what they learn in a meaningful way?





Sustainability: Does the proposal offer sufficient supplementary resources and content that faculty can use in the future? Will interest in the topic persist after the presentation itself?





Terms of Award

The Instructional Designer will contact grantees periodically to check on their progress and to offer assistance. Grantees should deliver a title, summary, and tentative outline of resources to the Instructional Designer at least one week before the scheduled presentation date.

All shared resources and a complete recording of the workshop (if delivered virtually) will be posted to the Teaching Hub for faculty to access in the future. Grantees must agree to apply CC-0, CC-BY, or CC-BY-SA licenses to the content they share. Any concerns about copyright or licensing should be discussed with the Instructional Designer prior to the workshop date.

Apply for an Award

The application period for the 2021-2022 grants has closed.