the Center for Teaching Excellence
Teaching Enhancement Awards Program
Request for Proposals
Academic Year 2011-12
The CSU Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) requests proposals for this year's Teaching Enhancement Awards Program, designed to support course enhancement and improve instruction and student learning at Cleveland State University. All full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty members, as well as lecturers are invited to apply. Preference will be given to those not previously funded by this program. The deadline for the completed applications is Friday, November 11, 2011 at 4:00PM in the CTE office MC212. Decisions will be made by December 2, 2011; notices will be distributed immediately thereafter, and projects must be completed by the end of Spring Semester 2012 with a final report submitted by May 18, 2012.
Process: Proposals must focus on specific activities related to student engagement, instructional improvement and the enhancement of student learning outcomes. The CTE wishes to promote faculty innovation and creativity in teaching. Proposals that fund new technologies are encouraged, but innovative proposals for utilizing traditional technologies or methodologies are also welcome. A faculty review committee will evaluate proposals competitively, and we anticipate awarding three to five grants.
Submit a description of the project, project goals, assessment method(s) to be used, expected outcomes, detailed budget, and timeline to the Center for Teaching Excellence by 4PM on November 11, 2011. The maximum proposal length is ten pages with normal font size and page formatting (including any attachments or appendices). Please provide five (5) paper copies of your proposal, including cover letter and statement of support for use by the faculty review committee. Mailing address and contact information for us may be found at the bottom of this page. Please make sure that your own Email address is correct and specified on the proposal.
A template is now available online to help you with the application process. You can find it at http://www.csuohio.edu/offices/teachingexcellence/TEA_template.doc .
Budget: Individual grants may be for up to $5000. Funds may not be used as a substitute for ongoing budgeted items such as exit surveys or proficiency testing. No indirect costs are to be provided. Matching funds from colleges and/or departments are encouraged but not required. Funded items may include but are not limited to: instructional materials; specialized instructional software or hardware; classroom demonstration materials; and travel to attend workshops or conferences on teaching. Funds may be used to pay part-time faculty to provide course release time for full-time faculty to develop new courses or curriculum, but funds may not be used for direct payment to full-time faculty members in return for time spent on this project.
Please note that routine course revisions or simply placing course materials online will not qualify for support. The Center for eLearning is now administering all distance education activities and incentives; therefore, course development for distance delivery will not qualify for this program.
This is not a program to fund general student assistantships; the intent of the program is that you will personally be implementing some form of teaching enhancement. If you request funding for student help, please explain in specific terms what the students would do to help achieve your proposed goals, why the amount of time requested is appropriate, and where you got the wage figure you are using in the budget. If you do this, please note that you must include fringe benefits in your calculations; contact HR for assistance if needed. As a general rule, proposals that simply request funds for student assistants, are less often accepted.
Approvals: Funds are intended to support individual projects that are consistent with departmental and College goals. In order to be considered, proposals must contain a statement from the individual's department chair or college Dean indicating support for the project and describing its relationship to department or College goals
Please allow time in your application process to secure this support.
Center for Teaching Excellence