Teaching Innovations grants support the development of innovative pedagogical approaches and resources for courses, programs, or other curriculum components at Illinois State University. Without attempting to define “innovation” for all domains of knowledge, CTLT seeks innovations that are embedded in a particular context, contain elements of risk (in that the approach/resource has not been widely explored in the particular discipline or at Illinois State University), and are projected to have a positive effect on student learning.
Grants are awarded for up to $2,000 for individuals or $2,500 for teams. Eligible expenses include salary, travel expenses related to the implementation of the grant, classroom materials, software, hardware, or other commodities.
All tenured and tenure-track faculty, full-time non-tenure track instructors, and full-time AP staff with teaching responsibilities at Illinois State University are eligible. Recipients of prior CTLT grants who have failed to meet their grant obligations are ineligible.
|Application Due||3rd Tuesday in September||3rd Tuesday in February||3rd Tuesday in April|
|Funds Available||Upon Acceptance||Upon Acceptance||After July 1st
(start of the next fiscal year)
|* Expenses Reported By||May 29 of the current fiscal year||May 29 of the current fiscal year||May 29 of the next fiscal year|
Expenses not properly documented by that date cannot be reimbursed.
Applications should be submitted online and include the following:
Proposals should address these components using clear, jargon-free language that will allow the reviewers, who are likely not specialists in your discipline, to understand exactly what innovation you are considering, how it will impact your teaching and student learning, how you will assess that impact, and so on.
Note: All proposals are subject to blind review. Please refrain from including identifying information (applicant name, course name, etc) except where requested.
A committee will evaluate applications based on the degree to which each:
Note: Proposals that show evidence of having been well-considered, carefully crafted, edited, and proofread always make a better impression.
Accepting this grant represents a commitment to prepare and present the outcomes of your project at a panel session or poster session at the annual University-Wide Teaching & Learning Symposium (held each January).
Grant recipients must submit proposals in response to the Call for Proposals issued each fall. Presentations for grants received in spring or summer are expected for the next Symposium following grant receipt; presentations for grants received in fall are expected no later than the second Symposium following grant receipt.
In the event that a Symposium proposal is not accepted, grant recipients may work with CTLT to find an alternate way of sharing their findings with the campus community.
Because this requirement is designed to maximize the benefits of recipients’ experiences by sharing them with the ISU community, it must be met in order for the recipient to remain eligible for future CTLT grants.
Contact CTLT at CTLT@ilstu.edu.