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Teaching Innovations and Assessment Fund


The primary goal of the Teaching Innovations and Assessment Fund is to promote faculty scholarship and professional activity related to innovations in teaching and learning, including but not limited to: design of new courses, implementation of innovative learning strategies and classroom activities, incorporation of peer mentoring, and development of new approaches to measuring student success. Faculty are invited to submit funding proposals for projects or activities that meet these goals. Funded activities are intended to support the mission and strategic goals of the university, college, and program. Proposals are evaluated by the Mini-Grant Review Committee and recommendations are submitted to the Dean. The Review Committee reserves the right to accept or deny applications based on availability of funds.

Please submit applications to Dr. Chris Michaelides, Associate Dean, at cmichaelides@ulm.edu.


Application Cycles

Applications will be considered twice per year.

o   Spring Application Deadline: November 1st(For grant period January through August)

o   Fall Application Deadline: March 30 (for grant period May through December)


The applicant must be a full-time faculty member wishing to begin or continue a project related to innovative pedagogy. Funds can be used for almost any aspect of the project except supplementing the applicant’s salary. Allowable expenses include but are not limited to equipment or software, printing, data collection, and travel.

Available Funds

Although there is no set minimum or maximum amount that may be requested, proposals in the $500 to $700 range are encouraged.

How to Apply

o   Complete a Teaching Innovations and Assessment Fund Application. Refer to the evaluation criteria below and scoring rubric when completing the application.

o   Attach a two-page curriculum vitae for all primary participants.

o   Please submit applications to Dr. Chris Michaelides, Associate Dean, at cmichaelides@ulm.edu.


Final Reporting Requirements

If your proposal is funded, you will be required to submit an Award Recipient Final Report summarizing the outcomes of your project. The report should include a complete budget detailing your use of the funds. Reports are due one month after the grant period ends:

o   Spring Grants: October 1st (For grants funded January through August)

o   Fall Grants: February 1st (For grants funded May through December)

Expenses must follow Louisiana’s Travel and Purchasing Policies. To learn more about this, please see the Controller’s Office Website.

Evaluation of Proposals

The evaluation committee uses a Scoring Rubric to evaluate all proposals.

The following criteria will be considered by the committee when evaluating funding proposals:

o   The scholarly merit of the proposal and its value in relation to teaching and learning. The project has a direct connection to teaching and learning pedagogy for the applicant’s program, the college, and the university.

o   Proposal quality. The faculty member provides a complete application and cv, as stated above. The project description should be clear to all reviewers; terminology that may be unfamiliar to non-specialists should be defined.

o   The feasibility of the proposal over the projected timeline. If a multi-stage project, indicate what part the grant plays within the timeline

o   Itemized overall budget, including any other available sources of funding.

o   Broader impacts/Future benefits: impact on students and/or potential opportunities for external funding.