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. Grants are made in the amount of $6,000 paid as summer salary.
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). Awards are limited to once every other year. Faculty members in their first year are not eligible because each college offers summer support for first year faculty.
The proposed activity must 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. Examples of normal expectations include incorporating the latest information in the field or revising a course to incorporate new technology (e.g., building an electronic version of a course).
The committee will consider the following when assessing the value of the proposed activity and its probability for enhancing instructional quality: Will this activity expand the applicant's expertise as a teacher? Will it enhance the applicant's professional development in other ways? What effect will the activity have on specific courses or on program or departmental curriculum? How will the activity enhance student learning and better serve students, the department, and the university? How many students will benefit from the proposal results? How does the activity promote the mission of the department or university? The committee also considers the recommendations of the Chair and the Dean.
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.
The Faculty Development Grants Committee makes funding recommendations to the Vice Provost for Research, and periodically reviews policies for awarding grants.