Summer Teaching Grants

The purpose of this program is to provide faculty with time to engage in projects that will result in significant enhancement of instruction. The Faculty Development Grants Committee makes funding recommendations to the Vice Provost for Research, and periodically reviews policies for awarding grants.

Eligibility

  • To be eligible, faculty applicants must be employed full-time by WWU for the current academic year and have a contract (or formal agreement of full employment with the university) for the academic year following the grant period.
  • Priority will be given to tenured and tenure-track faculty members. Summer Teaching Grant recipients cannot earn additional income from WWU during the summer (except payment for a five-credit or equivalent course or an equivalent amount from external funding).
  • If the award would immediately follow or precede professional leave, it should be clarified in the proposal what will be accomplished during the summer, as distinct from the project undertaken or to be undertaken during the professional leave.
  • Faculty may not receive this award in consecutive years.
  • Priority will be given to quality applications of faculty who have not received the award in the previous two-year period.
  • Faculty members in their first year are not eligible as the university offers summer support to first year faculty.
  • Faculty members may not receive a Summer Teaching Grant and a Summer Research Grant concurrently.

Evaluation of Proposals

Teaching Grants are awarded for activities which substantially enhance the instructional quality of the university’s academic programs. Proposals must demonstrate that the activity requires significant effort that goes beyond what is normally expected of faculty. The Faculty Development Grant Committee will use the following rubric when assessing the proposed activity by judging how well the faculty member justified their project based on the following criteria.

 


Criteria (as applicable to the project/discipline)

Not at all

Very little

Somewhat

To a Great Extent

Will this activity expand the applicant’s expertise as a teacher?

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Will it enhance the applicant’s professional development in other ways?

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Will the activity enhance specific courses, the program, or departmental curriculum?

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Will the activity enhance student learning and better serve students, the department, and the university?

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4

Will students benefit significantly from the proposal results?

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4

Does the activity promote the mission of the department, college or university?

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4

The committee also considers the recommendations of the Chair and the Dean in its evaluation.

General Guidelines

Applicants should not assume that the reviewers are familiar with the details of their individual programs and should offer sufficient background information to assist the reviewers. If the introduction of new technology is the primary purpose of the activity, applicants should indicate how this technology alters the content and organization of a course. In addition, applicants must indicate if the activity can be accomplished during the summer. If the activity cannot be completed during the summer, then applicants must demonstrate that there is other support to sustain the continuation of the project over the year.

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