CTT Teaching Grants: Round 4

Every person and every interaction matters.

The Center for Transformative Teaching is committed to student success through inclusive, innovative, research-informed teaching. In alignment with the N2025 strategy, the CTT offers the following grant programs to support UNL faculty in creating transformative learning experiences that engage students in co-creating knowledge, increasing interdisciplinary inquiry, demonstrating achievement, and preparing for their futures.

All University of Nebraska-Lincoln full-time faculty are eligible to apply. All UNL full-time undergraduate students are eligible to apply for Program 5. Applications for round 4 of the CTT grants are due February 1, 2022. Applicants may receive funding only once during an academic year. Email questions to ctt@unl.edu.

To apply:

  1. Download the application form for the desired grant and complete it.
  2. Log into NuRamp and scroll through the "Open Internal Competitions" box and locate the grant for which you would like to apply
  3. Fill out the required information, copying and pasting from your completed form as appropriate
  4. Attach/upload your completed application form using the "Application Details" button and submit

Program 1: Strategic Departmental Funding

These grants are designed to support learning projects that need a longer period to execute and/or require larger sums. In keeping with the N2025 strategy the grants focus on the idea that every person and every interaction matters at UNL, and the strategic aim to create a climate at Nebraska that emphasizes, prioritizes, and expands inclusive excellence and diversity. Applications are welcomed that focus broadly on student success rates and overall performance, and particularly on DFW rates, equity gaps in courses, and students’ sense of belonging.

Examples of the types of activity that might be funded are piloting new course designs. Parachute courses are one example. Pre-courses or modules are another. An example of a successful grant using the latter is available on Sharepoint (UNL login required). Other options might be to develop learning support mechanisms using graduate or more advanced undergraduate students as facilitators. The Students as Learners and Teachers (SaLT) program provides some examples of this type of activity. Other examples are described in a 2020 article by Alison Cook-Sather

Submissions should include data and metrics that the applicant has used to determine the nature of the problem they wish to address. Applications should also provide detail of any relevant pedagogic research in the area in which they seek to be funded.

Applications should show how the project will continue to affect these aims beyond the funding period. Funds may be used to compensate students, faculty, or staff for their time. Funds may also be used for materials, guest presenters/speakers, or for fieldwork. Grants do not normally cover off-the-shelf software or equipment, or travel to conferences unless that travel is part of project dissemination. Maximum award: $60,000 over three years. Please note that there are only two of these awards available.

Download Strategic Departmental Funding Application

Program 2: Pedagogic Intervention

Pedagogic Intervention grants support faculty in exploring learning experiences that promote more experiential, interdisciplinary, or active approaches, whether teaching face-to-face, hybrid, or online courses. Funded activities might include workshops or lectures for students, or other special events involving external guests. Funds may compensate individuals, including students, for their time; may be used to pay for materials, for guest presenters/speakers, or for the costs of fieldwork. These grants do not normally cover off-the-shelf software or equipment, or travel to conferences unless that travel is part of project dissemination. $1,000 maximum.

Download Pedagogic Intervention Application

Program 3: Incubation Fund

Incubation Fund grants support any teaching activity designed with a view toward creating Scholarship of Teaching and Learning publications, conference presentations, or an external pedagogy-related grant application. Faculty might use these funds to explore a proof-of-concept project or engage in research that adds to knowledge in the field of pedagogy. Funds may support individuals, including students, for their time; for materials; for guest presenters/speakers; or for fieldwork. These grants do not normally cover off-the-shelf software or equipment. Maximum award: $1000.

Download Incubation Fund Application

Program 4: Student-Faculty Collaboration

Student-faculty collaboration grants support the creation of inclusive, innovative, and/or interdisciplinary pedagogy and course design. Grants must collaboratively engage students and faculty and should clearly outline how students will be involved in the co-creation of the grant’s execution. Faculty are encouraged to distribute this particular call to students, both undergraduate and graduate, in their departments, schools, and colleges. Funds may support individuals, including students, for their time; for materials; for guest presenters/speakers; or for fieldwork. These grants do not normally cover off-the-shelf software or equipment. Maximum award: $1000.

Download Student-Faculty Collaboration Application

Program 5: Undergraduate Experiential Learning Projects

Undergraduate students are encouraged to apply for this program. The grants for the Undergraduate Teaching and Learning Projects provide funds to support hands-on learning experiences for undergraduate students. These grants support students in exploring experiential learning activities where knowledge and skills learned in classrooms are transferred into real-world problem-solving contexts and career readiness. Experiential Learning may happen in the context of a credit-bearing, academic course or in co-curricular experiences that may take place outside the normal academic context. Funds may support a variety of experiential learning activities.

Funds may support:

  • travel: e.g. field studies and casework, conferences, research
  • hosting: refreshments for conferences, seminars, etc.
  • personal development: membership of organizations, costs of online conferences/seminars, other educational materials

Maximum award: $1000.

Download UG Experiential Learning Application

Reporting/Dissemination Requirements

  • As appropriate, resources developed or discovered during the project will be shared with the CTT for its repository of teaching and learning materials.
  • Recipients will be required to submit a brief summary following the project’s completion focusing on outcomes and lessons learned and may be invited to share at CTT workshops and symposia.

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