Departmental and Interdisciplinary Program (DIP) Teaching and Learning Mini Grants

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 (Around 4 years ago)

Faculty development grants supporting departmental and interdisciplinary program initiatives enable a group of faculty to work together to enhance course offerings, hone teaching methods, cultivate student learning, and, as appropriate, facilitate department/program members’ research and creativity pursuits towards improving student learning.

The departmental and interdisciplinary program (DIP) grant, reflecting the emerging recognition that disciplines have some unique developmental needs, envisions a department/program reflecting upon its requirements and identifying ways to address those needs. For example, departments in the humanities might investigate ways in which students may effectively participate in faculty-student collaborative research. A DIP grant in this situation might enable the department to acquire materials on faculty-student collaboration, to invite a colleague from another institution to talk about collaborative projects, or to fund a departmental retreat in which faculty and students work together on a model for collaboration. In another example, an interdisciplinary program might seek a DIP grant to examine the relationship between teaching methods and student learning in an interdisciplinary context. Finally, departments might arrange an intercollegiate seminar with colleagues at other institutions to discuss curriculum construction, undergraduate research, or other matters related to teaching and learning.

Mini-grants to departments and interdisciplinary programs will assist in enhancing teaching. A limited number of mini-grants will be awarded according to the procedures and criteria described below.

I. Application Applications by eligible departments/programs (see for projects about teaching and learning can be submitted anytime.

A. Proposal Grants will be directed to departments to improve teaching and student learning. The proposal must specifically address how you anticipate student learning will be affected. Each application must address the following questions: 1. What are the basic pedagogical ideas, problems, or questions you will examine during the grant period? 2. Please describe what course/s you will focus on during the mini-grant period. 3. What work will be accomplished during the grant period? Supply a brief plan of work 4. How will you measure the outcomes and impact on teaching and learning of your work during this grant period? Please be specific about methodology, assessment techniques, and evaluation of student learning. 5. Anticipated project completion date.

B. Budget 1. Mini-grants will be awarded for up to $1,000 as long as funds are available. 2. Funds may be used to acquire materials and supplies, reimburse expenses of visiting speakers and colleagues, pay printing costs, and offset room and food expenses. * The funds cannot be used for stipends for Gustavus Adolphus College faculty or students. * Food costs, if applicable, will be reimbursed provided itemized and reasonable receipts are submitted. * Note: As of June 1, 2009, all reimbursements for mileage are capped at a maximum of $350. 3. Please complete the budget form (Excel).

II. Submission A. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed by a committee consisting of the Kendall Center Director (Margaret Bloch Qazi), a member of the Faculty Development Committee (Yurie Hong) and a Kendall Center Faculty Associate (Paul Saulnier). B. Applications should be submitted as electronic attachments to Margaret Bloch-Qazi (

III. Final Report A. Submit a final report addressing the outcomes of the activities undertaken within one month of the completion of the proposed project or the send of the semester, whichever comes first, to Margaret Bloch-Qazi ( B. Departments/Programs with outstanding final reports will not be considered for additional funds.

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