Call for Submissions: Teaching & Learning Grants

Call for Submissions: Teaching and Learning Grants

UTM Opportunities

1. UTM Teaching Development and Innovation Grant (TDI)

The TDI is a seed grant that provides a maximum of $5000 for a UTM faculty member to support the implementation and assessment of innovative practice in an undergraduate course at UTM.

Deadline: November 1st, 2018. Email submission to anna.reale@utoronto.ca, and use the grant cover sheet. Please note that all submissions must be signed by the departmental chair or relevant director. (A second call for submissions will be held for May 15th, 2019.)

Description: This grant is intended to fund projects related to enhancing teaching and learning in an existing course, assessing the effectiveness of a pedagogical innovation undertaken in an existing course, or developing a new experiential learning component in an existing course. Proposals for the UTM Teaching Development and Innovation Grant may be funded up to a maximum of $5000.

Eligibility: We encourage all instructors at UTM with an interest in teaching and learning to apply. This includes faculty members with continuing appointments in the teaching or tenure stream, librarians, sessional instructors II and III (teaching in the current or next academic session at the time of application), and staff. Collaborative proposals from multiple departments or academic support units on campus are encouraged.

Application Process: Applications must clearly define how the proposed project will enhance the quality of teaching and learning at UTM and include strategies for measuring and assessing the project’s impact. Proposals must include the following sections: (i) Abstract; (ii) Project Goals: (iii) Timeline; (iv) Assessment; (v) Dissemination; (vi) Budget; (vii) Budget Justification; (viii) Cover Sheet including Signature of Support from the relevant Department Chair or Director.  The Application package should be a maximum of five (5) pages long. 

Selection Criteria & Process: Proposals are reviewed by the UTM Teaching Development and Innovation Grant Committee according to the following criteria: (a) Innovation, (b) Strategies for Assessment, and (c) Impact on UTM, including transferability.

2. UTM Teaching Development Travel Grant (TDT)

The TDT provides a maximum of $2000 for a UTM instructor to present at a pedagogical conference or in the pedagogical track at a disciplinary conference.

Deadline: November 1st, 2018. Email submission to anna.reale@utoronto.ca. (A second call for submissions will be held for May 15th, 2019.)

Description: This grant is intended to support a faculty member’s presentation at a teaching-themed conference (e.g., Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education) or teaching symposium within a discipline-based conference. The fund will also support a presentation at a discipline-based conference when the talk is directly connected to the faculty member’s teaching.

Eligibility: We encourage all instructors teaching at UTM to apply. Sessional Lecturer II and Sessional Lecturer III can apply for funds to present at teaching-themed conferences or symposia, provided that they are teaching at UTM in the current or next academic session at the time of application. The fund will reimburse up to a maximum of $2000 per calendar year. Applicants that have been previously successful for this grant will have lower priority for funding than new applicants.

Application Process: Applications must include an abstract of the work to be presented, a description of the conference/symposium, a brief budget and a discussion of how the applicant’s attendance at the conference/symposium will enhance the quality of teaching and learning at UTM. Applications should be a maximum of two (2) pages long.

 

3. The Writing Development Initiative (WDI) Program 

Since the 2005-06 academic year, UTM has supported discipline-specific writing instruction through the Writing Development Initiatives (WDI) Program, which is funded by the Office of the Dean. The WDI provides financial support for projects that integrate writing instruction in core courses across the curriculum: this financial support comes primarily in the former of supplements to TA funding to allow for:

  • more writing assignments;

  • more time spent giving feedback on assignments;

  • more writing instruction; and/or

  • TA training in assessing writing and teaching writing skills.

Departments and faculty are encouraged to submit proposals for projects that will help students become better writers as they work within the requirements of their discipline.

Learn more: www.utm.utoronto.ca/asc/writing-development-initiative-wdi

4. English Language Learner Support Initiative (ELLI)

The ELL Support Initiative (ELLI) provides financial support for instructors who wish to implement specific ELL programming within their courses. Much of this support is directed at supplemental TA hours, which could allow for additional training, workshops, marking of written materials, or assessment of oral communication. We are looking for instructors who are committed to working with students to help them not only improve their communication skills, but also integrate into the UTM community in more meaningful ways.

Objective: To contribute to the support of ELL students at UTM through projects that explore innovative pedagogy and approaches to language development.

Core Message: Funds are available to support Departments who want to develop and deliver innovative activities, workshops, tasks, or other interventions designed to support ELL students at the undergraduate level. 

Learn more: www.utm.utoronto.ca/asc/english-language-learner-support-initiative-elli

University of Toronto Opportunities

These grants are funded and administered by the Office of the Vice President & Provost. Questions about potential proposals can be directed to the Office of the Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education at vp.iue@utoronto.ca, as well as to the UTM Associate Dean, Undergraduate, or the UTM Vice Dean Teaching & Learning.

5. Learning and Education Advancement Fund (LEAF)

LEAF grants provide support for developing and enhancing the research, assessment, and application of high-impact teaching practices within learning environments at the University. The Fund is intended to support projects that will anticipate, leverage and create positive changes in both the modes and mechanisms of undergraduate education at the University of Toronto. LEAF grants have two funding streams:

Seed grants are intended to encourage experimentation at the local level, either within a course or a set of courses, as a means of fostering small-scale innovations or pilots with the potential for future scalability. Grants in this category range from $5,000-$15,000. Proposals accepted on a rolling basis. There is a rolling submission for this grant, with no set deadline. Email submission to anna.reale@utoronto.ca, and use the grant cover sheet. Please note that all submissions must be signed by the departmental chair or relevant director. If the proposal receives support from the Dean’s Office, then a supporting letter from the departmental chair or director will be given to be included in the application package that is submitted to the Office of the Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education.

Impact grants are designed to support large-scale projects with the potential to significantly enhance core elements of undergraduate education within or across academic units and divisions at the University. Grants in this category range from $15,000-$100,000. Internal deadline for vetting by UTM Dean’s Office: November 1st, 2018. Email submission to anna.reale@utoronto.ca, and use the grant cover sheet. Please note that all submissions must be signed by the departmental chair or relevant director. If the proposal receives support from the Dean’s Office, then a supporting letter from the departmental chair or director will be given to be included in the application package that is submitted to the Office of the Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education. (There is only one deadline per year for this grant.)

Learn more: https://www.leaf.provost.utoronto.ca

6. Instructional Technology Innovation Fund (ITIF) 

ITIF grants provide opportunities for technology-mediated teaching and learning projects that explore and implement promising practices at different stages of their development and implementation, and creates a pathway for projects from their initial inception to their full potential. The Fund is designed to catalyze initiatives that immediately and directly impact University of Toronto education and teaching programs through innovation and development. Internal deadline for vetting of ITIF Proposals by the Academic Technology Committee and the UTM Dean’s Office: November 1st, 2018. Email submission to anna.reale@utoronto.ca, and use the grant cover sheet. Please note that all submissions must be signed by the departmental chair or relevant director. If the proposal receives support from the Dean’s Office, then a supporting letter from the departmental chair or director will be given to be included in the application package that is submitted to the Provost. (There is only one deadline per year for this grant.)

There are three funding tiers:

  • Seed Funding: Maximum $2,000 with no matching requirement

    Matched Funding: Maximum $5,000 with matching funds from another source

  • Support Stream: Apply to get access to an educational technology or instructional design specialist for up to 150 hours per year per project. This is a non-cash award, but it’s worth an equivalent of $20,000 that can be used as an in-kind contribution when applying elsewhere for funding.

Projects that require funding of more than $5,000 are encouraged to consider the LEAF initiative (above).

Learn more: https://www.itif.utoronto.ca/

 

7. The International Student Experience Fund (ISEF)

The International Student Experience Fund (ISEF) is a new initiatives fund launched by the Associate Vice-President and Vice-Provost, International Student Experience for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. The objective of the ISEF program is to foster a learning environment on U of T’s campuses that aligns with the University’s global mission and profile. The Fund is intended to support academic and non-academic initiatives that: enhance the experience of international students; foster intercultural and international-to-domestic student, staff and faculty engagement; and internationalize the University of Toronto student experience.

The Fund supports two streams of activities; Seed ($5,000-$15,000 per year) and Impact ($15,000-$100,000 per year). This two-tiered system is intended to provide opportunities for projects that explore, implement and scale up promising practices at different stages of their development and implementation, and create a pathway for projects from their initial inception to their full potential. Both tiers of grants are intended to be completed within 1 to 3 years. Proposals will be accepted from U of T faculty and staff with continuing appointments. The primary beneficiary of the proposal must be undergraduate or graduate students.

Deadline for IMAPCT grant: October 15, 2018.

Learn more: https://global.utoronto.ca/international-student-experience-fund/