Small Grants Program
The Center for Teaching Excellence annually requests proposals from the faculty for small grants to support their teaching efforts. The purpose of this Small Grants Program is to supply the faculty with necessary resources to support their own development as a learning-centered teacher. Especially encouraged are proposals that can demonstrate how the funding will be used to grow a larger project that will have a direct impact on student engagement in and outside of the classroom.
The grant cycle each year is as follows:
- September/October: Call for proposals released
- November: Proposals are reviewed
- December: Award letters are distributed. Award contracts are signed.
- December/January: Grant funds are distributed for funded proposals
- Spring or Summer: Projects are implemented and assessed
- September: Final reports are due
Grant Application for 2012-2013 Academic Year
2012-2013 Grant Recipients and Their Projects
Each year, the CTE receives proposal submissions for innovative teaching- and learning-focused projects from VCU faculty and staff as part of the CTE Small Grants Program. For the 2012-2013 award cycle, a review committee of VCU faculty members from across campus recommended that six of the 33 submitted proposals should receive funding:
- Medicinal Botany: Examining the role of plants in healthcare practices from diverse cultures by Jaclyn K. Vick, Department of Biology;
- Enhancing student learning in INTL 101 by Faedah Totah, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Policy;
- Engaging expert teachers with prospective teachers to promote adaptive expertise by Angela Wetzel (with Evelyn Reed-Victor and LaRon Scott), Department of Foundations of Education;
- Use of recorded clinic visits to improve preceptor assessment of student-patient encounters by Dave Dixon (with Evan Sisson), Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science;
- A cross-context analysis of compassionate, justice-oriented teacher education practice by Hilary Hughes (with Hilary Conklin, DePaul University), Department of Teaching and Learning; and
- Digital ethnic literary history at VCU: The Classroom Archive Project (CAP) by Cristina Stanciu, Department of English.
Congratulations to this cohort of recipients, and a sincere thank you to all who submitted proposals and to the review committee members for their support throughout the review process.
View featured reports from 2001 to 2012.