Teaching Innovation Grants
The Teaching & Learning Initiative is happy to be able to support innovative teaching through a small grants program. Grants may be used to pay for:
- Learning circles: get together a handful of colleagues (4-10 people) to explore a topic of shared interest.
- Attendance at pedagogy-related courses, seminars, or workshops
- Course materials
- Travel and admissions fees
- Guest speakers
Grant applications are accepted anytime, with $2000 total available each semester (awards are generally no more than $200). If requesting travel funds, please keep in mind the relatively small pool of funds available. If department or program funds are available, please exhaust those first.
Process: Please submit a request of no more than 2 pages explaining the expense, the rationale for it, how it would impact your teaching, and the budget (please explain why alternative funds are not available). Send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Endowment for the Humanities Connections
Mount Holyoke College has been awarded a grant from National Endowment for the Humanities Connections Program to fund up to five course connections for faculty members. Topics can vary, but should include the humanities.
- Grants of up to $1500 to each faculty member will be awarded for creating links between courses. The goal is to connect students in each class in meaningful shared work. The connection might be assignments, sustained discussion, or joint class meetings. There is no specific format required.
- Eligible applicants are continuing teaching faculty of all ranks who will be teaching in Fall 2018 or Spring 2019.
2018 Application Deadlines
- June 1
- September 3
- December 3
Additional Support for Linked Courses
Depending on faculty interest, additional funds are provided by the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives and the Miller-Worley Center for the Environment, and the Nexus program.
- The McCulloch Center will support up to four course connections, if they include a class that is not primarily taught in English.
- The Miller-Worley Center for the Environment can provide funds for linked courses with a focus on embedding environmental education across the curriculum.
- Nexus offers funds to link courses associated with one of its nine tracks: Data Science, Development Studies, Education Policy and Practice, Engineering, Global Business, Journalism, Media and Public Discourse, Law, Public Policy and Human Rights, Museums, Archives and Public History, Non-Profit Organizations.
- Each faculty pair or group is expected to participate in 2-3 workshop meetings during 2018-2019 to develop the course connections content (incl. assessment).
- Applications should include a preliminary intellectual rationale that explains the pedagogical goals of connecting classes. What is the common question, theme or problem?
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Other Sources of Funding
- Faculty Grants
- VP-50: Bring in a practitioner or expert using Skype or Videoconferencing.
- First Year Seminar: If you are teaching a First Year Seminar course, we have a small pool of funds available to support meals with students or field trips (usually up to $200), and guest speakers ($100). Keep all receipts for reimbursements! Email FYS Director for next steps.
- Nexus program: Nexus curriculum grants are intended to support faculty's curriculum development efforts. Grants for academic year 2018-2019 are due May 18 by 5:00pm. Contact Katie Walker with questions .
- Faculty Curriculum Development Grants: The Miller Worley Center for the Environment supports faculty members from any discipline who are seeking to strengthen or introduce environmental or sustainability themes in their courses. Contact Catherine Corson with questions.