Center for Faculty Excellence

Teaching Enhancement Award 2021-2023

The application period for the 2021-2023 Teaching Enhancement Awards is now open! 

    The Teaching Enhancement Awards were established to promote the scholarship of teaching and learning at Cleveland State University. The Center invited faculty teams to submit their proposals aimed at revitalizing a lower division course. The awardees receive a stipend for the team and participate in over a yearlong project applying their proposed solutions.

    Important Dates

    Information Meetings (Click to register!) – to be held on Zoom

    • Monday, November 15, 11:00am – 12:00pm 
    • Monday, November 22, 2:00 – 3:00pm

    Application deadline: Friday, January 14, 2022 by 5:00PM

    Award Notification date: Friday, February 4, 2022 by 5:00PM

    Awardee Overviews at the Provost’s Teaching Summit: April 13, 2022 

    July 2022 – First payments to new awardees


    Application Materials


    Past Awardees & Project Information

    Year of Award TEAM Members Teaching Enhancement Award Brief Description
    2020-22 Erin Avram & W. Chris Boyd (Chemistry) Group Problem Set Implementation in College Chemistry 1 In an effort to decrease the percentage of DFWs for CHM 251 College Chemistry I, group problem sets will be designed and implemented in each unit of the course. These student-centered activities will include case studies, guided inquiry activities based on simulations, and problem-solving practice in order to increase student engagement and improve the transparency of the relevancy of the course content to the field of nursing.
    2020-22 Jessica Bickel & Jearl Walker (Physics) Utilizing Collaborative Textbook Reading to Improve Student Learning in Introductory Physics Implement collaborative reading of the textbook so that students come to class more prepared and thus improve student learning in introductory physics.
    2019-21 Heidi Meier, Dan Kaminsky, Jan Rose (Accounting) Partnering Accounting and Excel We believe with our proposed changes in the ACT 222 curriculum, students will be interested and engaged so they will succeed in this and future classes. We can show them the relevance of accounting activities and assignments by incorporating Excel into the course. Giving them an option to take the Excel certification exam, we feel they will be more interested and motivated to succeed and earn a valuable credential.
    2019-21 Shamone Gore Panter, Emily Rauschert, Ralph Gibson (BGES) Testing for Long-Term Improved Learning in a Large Lecture Course To promote better long-term student learning, we propose to majorly change how we assess student performance in BIO 202 Introductory Biology II, based on best practices in the literature. We will change to more frequent, lower stakes quizzes, use group testing, and develop questions based on recent examples from the primary literature. 
    2018-20 Michael Wiitala & Marcus Schultz-Bergin (Philosophy & Comparative Religion) Introduction to Philosophy Course Redesign We propose to transform PHL 101 Introduction to Philosophy from a traditional lecture-based course to a flipped classroom, Team-Based Learning course with a Specifications Grading scheme. In this way we expect to enhance student-learning, increase student satisfaction with the course, reduce the course’s DFW rate, and narrow the gap in the DFW rate between underrepresented minorities and white students.
    2018-20 Kelly Wrenhaven, Shelley Rose, and Meshack Owino (History) Ancient World History to 1300 AD  This new survey course will be the first ancient history survey in the History Department. It will be the first team-taught survey, the only survey that fulfills the Social Science requirement, and the only survey that uses an Open Access textbook. By not focusing as heavily upon writing as our other survey courses, we hope to have a higher success rate amongst non-History majors.
    2017-19 Anne Berry & Sarah Rutherford (Art & Design) Introduction to Visual Technology Course Redesign

    Adjust the curriculum of ART 244 Introduction to Visual Technology to enhance student engagement and knowledge retention in line with newly developed core competencies. Curricular changes will incorporate a flipped classroom approach and be generated using backwards design. Proposed alterations also aim to retain majors and help recruit students to the Graphic Design major concentration.

    2017-19 Marcus Schultz-Bergin & Allyson Robichaud (Philosophy & Comparative Religion) Improving Moral Reasoning for Engineers We propose introducing engineering ethics students to a principle-based framework for moral reasoning and restructuring the engineering ethics course in accord with Team-Based Learning pedagogy. These two interventions are aimed at improving students’ moral reasoning and communication skills. These are two areas where engineering students tend to have difficulty but which are critical student outcomes for ABET accreditation of engineering programs.
    2016-18 Emily Rauschert & Ralph Gibson (BGES) Revitalize BIO 202 Course Lectures Through the Incorporation of Case Studies

    We propose to revitalize the lectures of BIO 202 Introductory Biology II and make them more learner-centered through the incorporation of weekly case studies into the class meetings. We will assess whether this is effective through student surveys and nationally recognized, validated instruments to measure biological content knowledge and experimental design skills.

    2016-18 Steven Gubkin, Daniel Munther & Shawn Ryan (Mathematics & Statistics) Enhancing Calculus 1 Using Microsoft OneNote We will use Microsoft OneNote to facilitate communication in MTH 181. Much of mathematics is communicated symbolically or graphically, not just verbally; students cannot even begin to ask questions without showing the instructor a piece of paper. With OneNote, 1. students can ask questions involving formulae and pictures, 2. the instructor can see, in real time, student work on problems (allowing differentiated instruction), and 3. a student’s digital portfolio allows greater insight into their current knowledge.