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Call for proposals-Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Research Grants

The Center for Teaching and Learning requests proposals for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grant Program, a subset of Faculty Research Grants. The program provides Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) grants to study the impact of innovative pedagogical practices on the learning outcomes of Georgia College students. SoTL is defined as “practitioner scholarship that explores postsecondary teaching and learning and is completed by faculty in disciplines other than education,” and which is made public through peer-reviewed presentations and publications.* This definition allows for research in any discipline and the use of various methodologies.

The research methodology may be quantitative or qualitative in nature and focus on student learning at the class, course, program, department, cross-department and co-curricular levels. All SoTL work must be made public and peer reviewed in some way through external conference presentations and/or publications.

Grants of up to $5,000 are available, renewable up to three years. Budget allowances and restrictions are the same as for all faculty research grants. All grants, however, are subject to the availability of funds. Applications for multi-year projects must be submitted for renewal.

Eligibility- All tenured and tenure-line faculty at Georgia College are eligible to apply.

Application Materials and Procedures- Please send the following materials (first five required; sixth is optional) to ctl@gcsu.edu with SOTL research grant in the subject line. Place all materials in one word file. Your last name should be part of the file name.

Selection Criteria-

  • A cover page with name, department and email address and project title.
  • A 3-5 page narrative addressing the research topic, literature review, research methodology, and plans for dissemination.
  • A reference page/bibliography.
  • An itemized budget.
  • A 2-3 year timeline if you anticipate a long-term project. Please provide specific goals and outcomes for each year. Project updates will be required June 1 for each grant year. Progress on stated goals will be used to determine continuation of grant funding.
  • Optional appendices (e.g., draft of questionnaire or focus group questions).

Incomplete proposals or proposals that do not meet the above requirements will not be considered.

In addition to checking that the proposal meets all eligibility and materials requirements noted above, three faculty/staff members with expertise in SoTL will review the proposals using the following criteria.

  • Project clearly fits SoTL as defined above.
  • Proposal clearly states a meaningful or significant teaching-learning issue or question to be studied. Priority will be given to projects that are related to LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes and the impact on student learning from one or more of the GC Journeys transformative experiences.
  • Proposal includes a brief but relevant literature review: ‘theory’ and past research, and how the proposed project ‘fits’ in this extant literature. Project uses appropriate methodology for gathering evidence to reflect on/study the teaching-learning issue or question posed.
  • Proposal lists specific, possible presentation and/or publication outlets.
  • Proposal contains an appropriate and detailed budget.

Requirements for Recipients

All award recipients must meet the following requirements. Acceptance of grant funding indicates agreement to fulfill these requirements.

SoTL research involves human subjects - submission of an IRB protocol form and receipt of IRB approval or expected date of IRB approval before starting the project (as this research will be made public). Allocation of grant funds is subject to final IRB approval.
Presentation of the funded SoTL research project.

Explicit recognition of this funding source in all presentations, publications, videos, etc. of the project.

*Weimer, M. (2006). Enhancing scholarly work on teaching & learning: Professional literature that makes a difference. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Steven Jones
Assistant Director for Faculty Development, CTL
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